Few from the Glens Falls area know where Dippikill Mountain, or the camp that bears the Dippikill name, are located. But it's just a half hour or so from our part of Warren County, and the camp has a network of nice trails that offer a mountain climb and loop around a pond for hikers and those who enjoy being outside.
Dippikill Wilderness Retreat is operated by SUNY Albany's student association, and if you are an alum of the university there are lots of great, free offerings for you at the camp. There are lodges, campsites, a pond with kayaks and canoes and trails in a remote section of Thurman, near the Hudson River.
The association is gracious enough to open the trails up to the public, and there are a variety of loops around the property that include a climb to the top of nearly 1,600-foot Dippikill Mountain.
It is a fairly easy climb, with just a few steep, rocky spots, and the ridge trail is well-marked. There are nice views of the Hudson River and mountains around the region from the top, and make sure to get down to a spur below the summit for views from a ledge.
Some of the intersections can be a bit confusing as trails come together around the pond, so make sure you pick up a trail map.
In all, my wife and I put in about 4.5 miles of easy to moderate walking up and down the mountain and looping around the pond on a Sunday morning. The staff was very friendly and gracious as we signed in, letting us know that we could take kayaks out on the pond if we wanted.
The camp is off Dippikill Road, which is reachable from Glen Creek Road, off Route 28 at The Glen.
-- Don Lehman