I always marvel at the entrance gate.
We started out from the Ausable Club trailhead at Lake Road.
We then hooked up with the Henry-Goddard Leach Trail for our ascent.
I like starting out on Lake Road.
From Dial on can see an almost complete panorama of the Great Range with its peaks visible in a line across the entire northern horizon.
One part of the trail you cannot miss is the large fire zone that cut a swath across Noonmark Mountain’s shoulder in 1999.
...we had to move on descending into the col. From the col we started back up the other side of Bear Den Mountain (peak hidden on far right). Our destination was the middle peak (Dial). On the far left is Nippletop.
On the shoulder of Noonmark we were at 3,000 feet.
Mike and Jon.
The 'rock' on the summit of Dial.
There are directional signs on the summit of Bear Den Mountain, which was usually missed by hikers on the way up or down.
One also gets some sort of idea of the magnificent views that one would have in the late 19th century when most of the surrounding area was clear-cut.
The views were wonderful.