Ascent of Dial Mountain on 2011-08-05

Climber: Austin Black

Others in Party:Gary Diana
Holly Lee
Date:Friday, August 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dial Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

After being awoken by Jim falsely telling us that it was 07:00 and that we had slept in (it was actually 06:00, though he did feed us an excellent breakfast and was forgiven), Gary, Holly Lee, and I headed to St. Huberts, directly across the street from the Roaring Brook trail at which we had parked the day before. We walked toward Lake Road past the Ausable Club before reaching the extravagant AMR (Adirondack Mountain Reserve) gate for the short road hike to our trailhead. We arrived at the turn for our trail shortly, and began to ascend. The first few miles of the trail were excellent; it was well maintained and offered soft pine needles underfoot. Along the way, we noticed charred felled trees amongst what seemed to be mostly young foliage, and wondered how long ago a fire had occured. We arrived at Bear Den Mountain in good time, and paused only long enough to get a drink on the wooded summit. The trail continued to be a good one, and we arrived at the summit of Dial in little more than an hour. After a snack, we continued toward Nippletop, and though we did not descend much after leaving Dial, we still had to at least cover the 600’ difference in elevation between the two. On the summit of Nippletop, we shared excellent views with about 7 others. We ate out sandwiches, but did not stay too long, as it had begun to be quite hot in the sun. We descended via the Elk Pass route, which was quite steep and was reminiscent of Avalanche Pass, though it did not follow a stream. After descending Elk Pass and noting that it was already around 15:00, Gary and I abandoned our idea of trying to tag Colvin and Blake that day as well. The trail back to Lake Road was similar to the route up, though it was less steep; we had done the majority of our descent on Elk Pass. Gary and I stopped at a brook to filter some water, as we were both running low, and this was the first spot for water all day. We enjoyed an easy descent down, and also abandoned thoughts of heading up Indian Head when we remembered that barbeque ribs would be awaiting us for dinner that evening. On the descent, I planned my trip back to tag Colvin and Blake and visit Indian Head. We reached the road, and trudged the last few miles back to Gary’s car in cool shade.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Trailhead:St Huberts  
Descent Statistics
    Route:Elk Pass
    Trailhead:St Huberts  
Ascent Part of Trip: Dial/Nippletop

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bear Den Mountain2011-08-05
2Dial Mountain2011-08-05

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