Colvin has a beautiful view of Marcy and the Great Range from its summit. The only caveat is that there is a moderately long (though mostly flat) hike in from the Ausable Club to the head of Lower Ausable Lake before you can start climbing up to the summit.
|Distance||~12 miles round-trip|
To hike Colvin, you must begin at the Ausable Club, checking in at the Watchman’s Hut and hike from there. You will hike the trail towards Lower Lake for 2.5 miles, at which point you will take a trail up to the left. The trail will leave the Lower Lake and climb gradually for .5 miles where it intersects with the Gill Brook Trail. Take a right, the trail will soon intersect with the trail right to Indian Head. Continue on another .3 miles and the trail will reach another intersection to the right to Fish Hawk Cliffs and back to Indian Head. Continue on straight and gradually up for another .7 miles before reaching another intersection, this time to the left for Elk Pass and Nipple Top. Continue to the right and climb rolling up for another mile. Soon the trail will start climbing steeply for a quarter mile to the summit of Colvin. Take in the beautiful views and continue on to Blake if you choose.
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.