New York Mountain to Nolan Lake to Peter Estin Hut
ElevationAscent: 3,431' 1,046 m
Descent: -3,576' -1,090 m
High: 12,394' 3,778 m
Low: 9,165' 2,793 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“Extending the traditional run to the Peter Estin Hut via New York Mountain and Nolan Lake.”— Frank Trotter
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
New York Mountain from this trailhead is a very accessible 12,550-foot peak that includes views from Eagle, Hardscrabble Mountain, and Red Table Mountain to the west, Edwards to the north, and a variety of 12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks to the east and south.
Noland Lake lies to the southwest of New York Mountain and is an attractive mountain lake surrounded by high peaks.
The three selected huts—Peter Estin, Harry Gates, and Margy's —form a bucket brigade of stopovers with views, facilities, and overnight comfort.
There are additional potential start points and other stops that can be had along the way.
Our visit in the fall added pure yellow aspen and birch tree vistas in every direction.
Starting from the lower trailhead near Edwards adds 3 miles to the run.
The trail between New York Mountain and Nolan Lake is faint at best and there were times where we bushwacked from visible point to point. Finally we encountered the well-tracked Nolan Lake Trail and headed there for lunch.
After descending the Nolan Lake Trail, we broke off and headed on a summer-horse, winter-ski trail towards the trailhead to Peter Estin. This was done in September and was stunning with the fall leaves.
The final slog up to Peter Estin with full packs was tough, but we were rewarded at the hut with a perfect evening and stunning views.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District