#43 Blake Peak

#43 Blake Peak - Pure Adirondacks

Blake Peak is climbed from the Lower Ausable Lake after summiting Mount Colvin. Climbed in conjunction with Colvin, despite being below 4,000 ft, Blake is still a solid hike, since there is such a long hike leading up to the climb up Colvin and Blake. However, the hike is worth the distance, despite the summit being wooded there are great views of the lakes below and mountains nearby during the hike to the top. 

Trail Stats:

Distance ~15.5 miles (includes the hike up Colvin first)
Elevation 3,960 feet
Ascent 2,800 feet

Begin this hike by climbing Mount Colvin. After you’ve taken in the gorgeous views from Colvin’s summit, continue along the trail and follow it down until a small col between Colvin and Blake. Here there will be an intersection with the steeper trail up to Colvin and Blake from Upper Ausable Lake. At the intersection continue on straight and left to Blake. The trail hikes quite steeply to a ridge 0.5 miles from the intersection and then continues easily for 0.1 miles before reaching the summit.

 


Trailhead Location

To get to the Ausable Club, you will drive down Route 73 from Keene Valley, taking a right on Ausable Club Road ~3 miles from downtown Keene Valley. Follow this road a short ways to a parking lot on your right. You will then have to walk ¾ of a mile along the road up to the watchman’s gate at the Ausable Club.

Depending on the time of year, a hiker parking reservation may be required. Although it is referred to as a "parking reservation," regardless of whether you drove yourself, rode a bike, were dropped off, or walked, you will need a reservation to access hikes in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. See below for details:

⚠️ Take Note

Parking Reservation Required

No-cost reservations will be required May 1 through Oct. 31, 2023 for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trailheads and trails on AMR property.

Visitors can make reservations
beginning mid-April at www.hikeamr.org. Walk-in users without a reservation will not be permitted.

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Keep it PURE

Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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