A welcomed change for this girl! There are no views on Blake, however it is a 46er. The Lake Road in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve has reopened to the public to give hikers access to trails to the summits of Nippletop and Dial Mountain, two of the High Peaks, in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. Elk pass is steep but not too technically difficult in terms of rock faces but it was LONG. 73. Trip Time: 11 Hours (20-30 minute break on each summit including Bear Den Mt.) months[4]="April"; We started our ascent up Elk Pass around 1:10pm through the beaver pond area. Bear Den Trail to Dial Mountain and Nippletop, Roaring Brook Falls Upper and Lower Lookout, Sawteeth Mountain to Pyramid Peak to Armstrong Mountain, Gothics and Pyramid Peak via West River to East River Loop, Hedgehog Mountain and Rooster Comb via Wedge Brook Trail Loop, HG Leach Trail to Colvin Trail to Lake Road Loop, Roaring Brook Lookout, Giant Mountain, Giant Washbowl Loop, Roaring Brook Falls, Nubble, Giant Washbowl Loop, East Branch Ausable River: East River Trail, Armstrong Mountain via Beaver Meadow Trail, Mount Colvin, Nippletop, and Dial Mountain Loop. The final section of the trail is just as steep Dial is located centrally along a very long ridge which requires the hiker to summit either Nippletop first (primary trail) or the shoulder of Noonmark Mountain and Bears Den Mountain (secondary trail). The journey to Dial and Nippletop began with a 5:30 am drive through a snowy and blustery Cascade Pass, descending down towards Keene and Keene Valley. Here's an alternative route for anyone hiking these 4 peaks with a dog. Couldn’t stay long because we knew the sun was starting to set soon around 4:30 with many miles back to the car. Several "bumps" over a 2 mile stretch lost some elevation were tiresome but not strenuous. there is no parking allowed anywhere else in the area except at designated Dial Mountain at 4020 feet is the forty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks. Did this a couple months ago. Power banks might be ideal if you plan on using your tech frequently. For parking, you can park in the same parking area, as Gothics and Pyramid (here is a link to directions, beginning in the second paragraph). It was a VERY tough day, the hardest day of hiking I've ever ventured out for. // End -->, //