Dial

Old Mountain Phelps named High Peak number forty-one around the year 1869. Two stories exist to explain how the name cemented its status in the records. According to Phelps’s son, Phelps strongly disapproved of Street’s attempts to restore the name “Dial” to Nippletop. In opposition to city people changing the local names of the Adirondack Mountains, Phelps moved the name “Dial” to its current peak. The second story, popularized by Mel Trumbull, tells of a similar controversy, by which artist R.M. Shurtleff tried to rename the peak “Noonmark.” Again, Phelps succeeded in solidifying Dial’s name, and Noonmark became the name of a neighboring peak. Regardless of which story is true, the local guide ultimately triumphed over the outsiders, and this 4,020-foot peak became permanently known as Dial Mountain.

In 1884, Ed Phelps and Ed Beede recorded the first known ascent of Dial Mountain. Located less than two miles away from Nippletop, the two are usually hiked together. The summit of Dial offers fantastic, up-close views of the Great Range, and is typically approached via the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. This privately-owned easement tract has similar rules and regulations to the High Peaks Wilderness, though dogs and swimming are prohibited.