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Old 07-03-2018, 07:10 PM   #1
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Opinions on best ways to link Blake/Colvin/Dial/Nippletop in a single trip?

Heading into the area from Colorado next week, looking to grab all four peaks in a single trip. Any opinions on the best way to link them all together (really which way to do the loop I suppose)?

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Old 07-03-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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I've done the four more than a couple times and my preference is Colvin Blake Nippletop Dial. But then it fits my preference to get to the farthest place (Blake) as early as possible. It leaves you with having to climb the steepest-longest climb and that's from Hunters Pass to Nippletop.

On the positive side for the reverse having gotten to the farthest place much later in the day (Blake) is that trip from Colvin to the Lake Road (via Gill Brook Cut-off) is easier than from Dial to the Lake Road (IMO). And if you're late more mileage on a road when you can be on autopilot.

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Old 07-03-2018, 11:09 PM   #3
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Great info - thanks, I appreciate it. I'm leaning towards Blake first at this point.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:18 AM   #4
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Doing Blake first means that after Blake you feel like you are on your way home. Also, after Nippletop it's mostly downhill (with the exception of three climbs of roughly 250-300 feet each: Dial, Bear Den and Noonmark's shoulder). When you arrive at the lake road you are 30 minutes from your vehicle.
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Compare the elevation profiles of the two routes (Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise) and decide which one suits you best.


Clockwise


Counter-Clockwise


The enormous trough in both graphs is Elk Pass. Basically you decide if you want to descend it (clockwise) or ascend it (counter-clockwise).
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:12 PM   #6
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Cool - thanks all. Still leaning Blake first, I appreciate the insight!
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:59 PM   #7
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To close the loop on this thread, did it in the recommended order, C-B-C-N-D, was a great trip. 7 hours. Thanks for the advice.
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@elhefe007a

Glad to hear it went well (and fast!).

You hail from Denver? The air out here must seem thick as soup for you!


I recall hiking in Colorado (Square Top) and vowing to never ever complain again about 'feeling winded' back east.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:13 PM   #9
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Being acclimated to 14,000 feet makes a huge difference. I alpine run frequently at 13k+, so coming to a lower elevation you feel almost superhuman (cardio wise). Square Top is a great peak. I'm at about half of the Colorado Highest Hundred peaks, and now just 3 away from the 46. I just enjoy climbing all over.
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