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Colvin and Blake

Two more high peaks on an easy climb from the Lake Road below.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 15 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  On this relatively straightforward climb you will walk down the Lake Road, then follow the Gill Brook trail up over Mt. Colvin to... more »

Tips:  St. Huberts Trailhead:
The parking area is just off of Rte 73 just 7.5 miles west from exit 30 off of I-87. You'll then need to walk... more »

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Points of Interest

1. St. Huberts Trailhead

This parking lot is just off Rte 73 but you'll need to walk up the road towards teh lodge to meet up with the gated Lake Road into the mountains. Check out the scenery over the golf course as you go.

2. Lake Road Gate

You'll be following the lake road all the way to the start of the Gill Brook Trail up Nippletop. The gate is a large beautiful wooden gate with a ranger cabin nearby and a trail sign in register.

3. Gill Brooke Trail Turnoff

Turn off the road here and head uphill on the Gill Brook Trail.

4. Indian Head Viewpoint

This rock ledge you are standing on from the lake below looks very similar to the head of a Native American. From here you will have great views down to the lake and also up towards Colvin above. This short loop trail will bring you back to the Gill Brook Trail leading up Colvin.

5. Trail Junction

Here a trail towards Elk pass leaves the Gill Brooke Trail. This will take you towards Nippletop. Ignore this trail and keep heading up.

6. Summit of Mt. Colvin

At 4,084 feet you are at the summit of Mt. Colvin with great views down towards Lower Ausable Lake.

7. Blake Peak Summit

At 3,986' you are the top of Blake Peak. Although under 4,000 feet it was once believed to be above that height so is still considered an official 46er. Head back the same way you came. Or, for a really big challenge if you are full of energy try heading back via Elk Pass and up and over Nippletop and Dial for a really epic climb of 4 high... More