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Old 08-12-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Dial Mountain August 11

We hiked Dial Mtn via the Leach Trail on Sunday August 11. We started from the hiker parking lot at St Huberts. The lot was nearly full when we arrived around 9:00 AM it was a beautiful day to be out and many people were taking advantage of the great weather. However, we only saw 4 or 5 small groups while we were on the trail.

Hiking through the burn area on the shoulder of Noonmark was interesting. It is a very good display of forest succession. The white birch is tall enough to block the views in most places. It is also growing in very thick. Looks like it would be tough to bushwhack through the new growth. There is a very nice series of ledges with views near the end of the burn area. The picture is from the ledges. We did the hike as an out and back.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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Very nice!

I looked at my map and it looks like there are places to camp along the way. I need that as I have to drive 325 miles to get there.

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Old 08-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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Very nice!

I looked at my map and it looks like there are places to camp along the way. I need that as I have to drive 325 miles to get there.

If you are just referring to camping along the Leach trail, wilderness camping is possible but not a lot of water sources along that ridge. Some areas are pretty dense but a small tent/tarp or hammock would be possible. The only spot I consistently see water near the trail is in the col between the burn area on Noonmark and Bear Den mt. I don't count on that water and it is pretty muddy.

Many folks camp in Elk pass where there is water and also the three designated camping spot along the Gill Brook trail.

Just my 2 cents.
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