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Old 05-20-2018, 01:07 PM   #1
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Nippletop and Dial next weekend?

Hey all,

My dad and I are planning to go up Dial and Nippletop next weekend and are wondering what the conditions there are like, and what you think would be the best route to take.

Anyone been up there recently? How's the snow and mud situation? We read on the DEC website that there's still 1-3 ft of snow higher up so we'll be bringing our micro-spikes and snowshoes.

We were thinking of doing the trip clockwise but read about the steep descent down to Elk Pass --- would it be treacherous or very muddy this time of the year? Would it be a lot harder to do D-N-D instead?

My dad has gone up Algonquin and Wright (when it was icy) and Sawteeth up the scenic trail and didn't think they were too much. How would Nippletop and Dial compare in difficulty?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hopefully someone that's been there will chime in.

I can say having climbed Dix via the Beckhorn trail Saturday that there was no snow. It gets the afternoon sun like the slope up from Elk Pass to Nippletop.

Nippletop Dial is longer. My comparison would be, along with the plus mileage, you Algonquin but have to climb Wright twice.

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