Ascent of Dial Mountain on 2012-02-18

Climber: John Sasso

Others in Party:Hiking Mates
Date:Saturday, February 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dial Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4003 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked Nippletop and Dial as part of the ADK High Peaks Forum 8th Annual Winter Gathering. I hiked with Dave "Scotzman" Campbell, Tracy Gourlay, Dan, BorealChick, Cindy, and another.

From Lake Road we took the Gill Brook trail to Elk Pass (the trail off Lake Road past the turn-off for Artist Falls). The trail on Elk Pass was very icy, warranting crampons. We summited Nippletop, and from there went to Dial. After Dial, we descended the trail going to Bear Den Mtn and the Shoulder of Noonmark. The entire hike warranted crampons.

Nippletop marks the 13th W46 high peak (interesting, in that it is also the 13th highest ADK High Peak; this was not intentional!)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3800 ft / 1159 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Cold and partly sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3800 ft / 1159 m
    Distance:14.4 mi / 23.2 km
    Route:Elk Pass
    Trailhead:Ausable parking lot  203 ft / 61 m
Descent Statistics

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