Hike Dial & Nippletop Mountains

Dial & Nippletop Trailhead

This is an amazing hike that offers you stunning views of the Great Range.

Very important and therefore, I will note it first. A portion of this hike is on the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and dogs are not allowed.

After parking at the St. Huberts parking area off of Rt 73 you will walk the road past the Ausable club. Just before the club you will head left to the register and beautiful AMR wooden gate. Here you will follow the infamous Lake Road to the Gill Brook Cut-off trail on your left.

Walk a short half mile along the cut-off to the Gill Brook trail and turn right. you will continue on the trail until you reach a junction showing Nippletop 1.9 miles away. You will follow the blue trail here up Elk Pass. Once you climb this moderately steep trail you will reach another junction. This quick 0.2 mile right will take you to the summit of Nippletop (4620 feet). Return back the 0.2 miles and continue hiking northeast down the ridge past Dial (4020 feet). You will then continue on passing over Bear Den Mountain and the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain. The trail will lead you back to Lake Road where you will turn right and head back to your vehicle.

The views from these are jaw dropping. You will be able to view the Great Range, Dix and Giant and Rocky Peak.

These two peaks are part of the Adirondack 46er challenge. This includes the 46 highest peaks on New York State.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
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RT Distance 13 Miles
Elevation Gain 4510 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Love This Hike

Honestly one of my favourite hikes in the Adirondacks! Long and possibly a little aggressive to tackle in the winter (make sure to have a headlamp and extra layers), but the views from the top are so worth it. Also lovely place to hide from the wind and have lunch at the top of nipple top if the weather's sunny

Great Hike

Did the hike this past weekend and it was amazing! The trail was steep but expected for high peaks. Just a warning for hikers that the bears are active this summer. I encountered a bear and two cubs on the Gill Brook trails, by the camp sights. She wasn't afraid of people, we yelled and blew whistles at her and she kept approaching us. I dropped my bag trying to get mace and she snatched it. (8/7/16)


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