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CBND

05-19-2012

Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

18 miles with 6600 feet of gain
  • Blake (3980 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Colvin (4057 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Dial (4020 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Nippletop (4620 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

People On The Trip

Trip Report

     Trail Conditions:

     

      Climb from parking lot to Colvin: Superb! Trails are super dry and in great condition

      CBC col: Lots of mud on the steep sections (I don't even know how this is possible to be honest). I'm assuming it is because it was one of the last areas to melt out

      Elk Pass to Nippletop: Great shape, Lots of blowdown has been cleared (big thanks to the trail workers)

      Nippletop to Noonmark shoulder: Good condition, a few (easy and/or bypassed) blowdown

      Noonmark shoulder to parking: The upper section of the trail (through the burn section) is pretty much a stream making it manditory wet feet or rock hopping. Once you get back into the trees trail is in great shape

     

     

      Bug Conditions: Bugs were out all day, in the morning they paid us no attention, in the afternoon they were swarming but not biting (mostly performing fly into your ears/eyes/mouth maneuvers and zipping around your head)

     

      The trip was overall pretty uneventful, we maintained a good pace through the climb of Nippletop, then we lost a fair amount of time on the descent of the ridge (it had been such a long time since I last hiked that section of trail that I forgot about a lot of the bumps). I'm very glad I now own an altimeter because it kept me from getting my hopes up thinking "this must be dial"

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Doing the hike

The Bad:

Swarmed by bugs as Nicole was pumping at the bear den/noonmark shoulder col

The Drive

Can't remember

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