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Nippletop and Dial

A great loop hike that descends a long ridge with fantastic views of the Great Range while also ascending two 46ers.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 15 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is a great 15 mile loop hike that will take you down a beautiful Lake Road towards Lower Ausable Lake and then climb to the top... more »

Tips:  St. Huberts Trailhead:
The parking area is just off of Rte 73 just 7.5 miles west from exit 30 off of I-87. You'll then need to walk ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. St. Huberts Parking Area off 73

This parking lot is just off Rte 73 but you'll need to walk up the road towards teh lodge to meet up with the gated Lake Road into the mountains. Check out the scenery over the golf course as you go.

2. Start of the Lake Road

You'll be following the lake road all the way to the start of the Gill Brook Trail up Nippletop.

3. Gill Brook Trail

Turn off the road here and head uphill on the Gill Brook Trail towards Elk Pass.

4. Elk Pass Trail

Take a left onto Elk Pass trail to head towards the Elk Pass Saddle between the Colvin/Nippletop Range and then ascend up to the top of Nippletop.

5. Elk Pass

Small Ponds in the col of Elk Pass.

6. Summit of Nippletop

At 4,609 feet you are at the top of Nippletop. You will have fantastic views of the Great Range and south towards Elk Lake. If you are careful you may be able to even look down and see the long slide that streaks down the western face of Nippletop.

7. Dial Mountain Summit

At 4,019 feet you are at the top of Dial Mountain. This true summit is wooded but the false summit you just past over to get here probably had some views :) You will have many more views as you continue to descend the ridge over Bear Den.

8. Bear Den

You will have more views along this descent as you pass over Bear Den of the Great Range. Just past this you'll descend into a col then climb up onto a shoulder of Noonmark Mountain that had a fire many years ago and is exposed rock with great views back towards the Great Range. Keep heading down and you'll end up back on the Lake Road again to ... More