Nippletop & Dial
Submitted By Michael Virdone
The Mountains & Stats
People On The Trip
Nicole and I were looking to try a more difficult trip in winter (more mileage and gain) and I'm trying to get my 2nd round of the 46 so Nippletop/Dial was a good fit for both purposes.|
We stayed at cascade Inn on Friday night and drove to the trailhead at St. Huberts. We were on the trail a little before 7. When we got to the lake road my snowshoes were very uncomfortable for some reason so I just barebooted to the gill brook trail.
When we arrived at gill brook we saw it was broken out so we took that way, little did we know that the other trail (shorter/easier) from the road was also broken so we ended up wasting a bit of time on gill brook. Eventually we reached the intersection with the other trail and met our first hikers since leaving the road. We continued climbing up past the upper colvin/blake trail junction eventually to elk pass. It is a much nicer place in winter than summer.
I took the climb up nippletop super slow and easy and it paid off in a pretty quick time and me not being tired. When we got to the summit it was socked in which was a bummer but we enjoyed a good meal and a bit of a break.
We left the summit and began our hike down to Dial. The trail was also pretty well broken out so the navigation and footing was easy. The nice thing about that particular trail is it isn't very steep for the descent along the ridge. We reached Dial after a little while and enjoyed some more food. Luckily by the time we arrived the clouds had broken and we were treated to some spectacular views.
The descent from Dial over bear den and the Noonmark shoulder wasn't as bad as I remembered it (due to slower pace/being in better shape) and after a while we were back at the road. The hike out and back to the car was uneventful.
The Good and The Bad
Wierd leg cramps
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