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Old 07-05-2017, 10:26 AM   #1
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Anyone gone from Elk Lake to the AMR over Colvin Range?

Thinking about going from Elk Lake, up over Pinnacle, Blake and the Colvin Range and then going out via the AMR (to St Huberts) to a posted car. Has anyone done this? How was it and how long did it take you? Lots of elevation change, appears to be about 16 miles. Looks fun!
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:16 AM   #2
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Would be a sweet trip. I've gone from Elk Lake -> Blake -> Colvin and back to Elk Lake, but exiting via the Ausable Club would definitely be easier. The first few miles out of Elk Lake are very wet and very buggy. The Pinnacle range has several summit bumps with some very nice views scattered about - more demanding than the map would suggest. By the time you get to Colvin, the rest of the hike should be pretty smooth sailing down to the AMR.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:55 AM   #3
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Yesterday (July 4) did AMR up the Gill Brook and to Colvin, then to Blake and back, and returned via Fish Hawk and Indian Head cliffs. Spectacular hike with so many different views from Waterfalls to Mt top expansive views (singular top) to trees and minimal views (Blake) to the Cliffs. About 16 miles counting car to gate and 12 hours.

Relevancy to this string is the 1.3m b/t Colvin and Blake took 1.5 hours, each way. Going to Blake was tougher than reascending Colvin. Yes, so much mud, but really the steepness and the rawness of that trail slowed us way down. Can't speak to Elk to Blake conditions but point here is plan more time than normal again due to mud and rawness. Fun, but tough.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:46 PM   #4
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Thinking about going from Elk Lake, up over Pinnacle, Blake and the Colvin Range and then going out via the AMR (to St Huberts) to a posted car. Has anyone done this? How was it and how long did it take you? Lots of elevation change, appears to be about 16 miles. Looks fun!
The biggest change of elevation would be from Elk lake to the Colvin Ridge. After that, it's a series of ups and downs.
I made a long walk, years ago from the top of Noon Mark to the Dix summit, around the bottom of Elk Lake and made a campsite low on the Colvin ridge.
From there, it's just a walk to St. Huberts.
I left my motorcycle in a barn at St. Huberts.
Two days, the first day, long and strenuous.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:58 PM   #5
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There's a leanto on Elk Lake where I read the inscription "You're never alone, you always have your boots"
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Old 07-20-2017, 09:55 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input! I still haven't gotten a chance to do this trek - I got rained out the weekend I was heading to do it. Looking forward to it.
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You might as well add Nip-Dial to make a day of it.
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Old 07-20-2017, 05:24 PM   #8
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Yup, did it years ago. Trail is little used south of Blake, some nice views from the ridge. Long day.
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:37 PM   #9
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I did it about 4 years ago myself. My experience was what dundee says- infrequently used south of Blake, but not in bad shape (if a little brushy in spots). Some ups and downs, nothing too difficult once you're actually on the ridge. Thew view from the Pinnacle is not spectacular but is decent- it gives you a different vantage point than can be obtained from any other nearby peak.

If you're planning this as an overnight, the Dix Mountain WA UMP indicates that there is a designated tent site along the trail north of the junction where it branches off from the Panther Gorge Trail. There's actually two established tent sites here, neither of which had a "Camp Here" disc when I went through (I picked the more well-established site of the two to use when I went through). The UMP also indicates that there is a designated tent site partway down the "Elevator Shaft" (the trail that descends from between Colvin and Blake to the AMR). There was a very small established tent site here, just above the property line, with room for maybe a single tent... but again, no "Camp Here" disc. There's also the Gill Brook and Elk Pass sites further north. (I'd recommend using a bear can if staying at Gill Brook, the Dix Mountain WA has seen a problem bear in recent years and the DEC is strongly encouraging the use of canisters even by day groups rock climbing on the cliffs near Chapel Pond).
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