Did it out and back by the Leach Trail because was concerned the trail down to Elk Pass would be too treacherous. The numerous ups and downs really add to the elevation gain by the end of the day. Didn't get any views because of the clouds. Met a 7 year old boy with his parents on the summit who was on his 45th High Peak.
Rainy, misty day so no views.
Spent almost an hour chatting with a father and son from upstate NY (originally from Seaford on LI) and then a father, daughter, boyfriend group who arrived a bit later. The view from the top made Colvin and Blake seem like an almost insignificant ridge line.
Great hike with great view and plenty of steep sections.
We took the Nippletop Slide and looped over to Dial. Conditions were sub-optimal to say the least. This made for a tricky, and at points, scary ascent of the Nippletop Slide, as it was icy enough for need an ax, but the ice was not thick enough to get a good bite with the axes. Still, we made it without incident and had a fantastic weekend!
Hiked up Lake Road and took the Gill Brook trail, summited Nippletop Mt first, then Dial Mt and Bear Den on my way down. Great day to be out, lots of people on the trail too. Great views from the two boulders at the summit, really neat looking down into Elk Pass to Elk Lake, Dix Mt slides, and of course the Great Range.
Two-fer today with the Adirondack Club. Had lunch with a bear on top of Nippletop.
Hiked Nippletop 4620' in the Colvin Range during a two day backpacking trip staying both nights at the Indian Pass campsite. Steep but enjoyable hike with great, semi-clear sunny weather the entire weekend. A few false summits later and we found ourselves at the true summit overlooking Ausable lake with Mount Colvin staring us in the face. Proceeded down the same trail we took up and then headed towards Colvin.
A wonderful hike, that was made interesting by the fact I had to carry a friend 6.5 miles down on my back! Totally worth it!
This is the type of "adventure" that enduring stories are made of to tell the grandkids about! If it was just another hike/climb to a summit, it's less memorable. Hope you had fun though, still want to get up there myself.
Did the loop backwards starting with Bear Den, Dial, to Nippletop. Unexpected snow caused no visibility, however the Elk Pass hike down was beautiful. Many fantastic singing birds around the summit of Nippletop, something I've never seen before!
Clear cold day in the HP's.. Climbed via Dial. coming down to elk pass was steep and icy. #23! Halfway there!!
I was there with Tigerlilly! (and a few other unsavory characters)
Came up the H.G. Leach trail and back down Elk Pass. Met some very friendly hikers on top of Nippletop whom we shared great views with looking towards the Great Range.
#44. Good sledding back down.
Climbed Leach Trail and went down through Elk Pass. Nice winter hike! about 1 foot of snow at higher elevations. Crampons are needed if you go up from Elk pass.
Hiked the HG Leach trail up. Nice views even though rain moved in while on the summit. Descended via Elk Pass, nice spot.
I'm just going back to beef up my summitpost log. What a loser I am ....
Had a contact lens blow out on top, then it landed on my pack, 6 feet away.
Dial and Nippletop make a great duo