I have yet to hike Dix from the other side, but I certainly would not recommend this hike for beginners, it is quite challenging. Great range shrouded in fog but clearer views to the east, south and west. A couple of other trip reports for this route up Dix put the time at 9 hours and 45 minutes. Dix Mountain is the sixth tallest mountain in New York. 46er Dix Mountain Wilderness Hiking Macomb is one of the unmarked peaks in the Dix Wilderness, and while easy to hike by itself, it is often hiked in conjunction with the Dix peaks and Hough, particularly given that the trailhead is quite remote. Popular areas of the unit for hunting include the West Mill, Lindsay and Niagara Brook drainages and the Bouquet River Area. Last year, we climbed Macomb, South Dix, and Hough from the Elk Lake trailhead, but we left the tallest of the range, Dix, for another day. General information on hiking includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. Bear Den. Backcountry Information for the High Peaks Region provides general information regarding backcountry and seasonal conditions; specific notices regarding closures and conditions of trails, roads, bridges and other infrastructure; and links to weather, state land use regulations, low impact recreation and more. Hiking info, trail maps, and 155 trip reports from Dix Mountain (4,857 ft) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York This is a difficult and long hike, lots of technical scrambling for the last 2 miles and lots of scrambling, made more difficult by precipitation. Primary Trailhead: This is part of the St Huberts parking area/trailhead. Hikers can continue another 1.4 miles to the summit of Blake Mountain, this hike includes a descent and then an ascent of 470 feet. Once you hit the very scenic rock slide, continue up for a minute or two and youâll see the corrin (stacked rocks) on the right side to which the trail continues. So I opted to park alongside Route 73 at the Round Pond trailhead, 4.3 miles northwest of the namesake summit as the crow flies, and a solid 3600 vertical feet below said summit in elevation. Camping is only allowed at designated campsites. At the summit you will see some buildings and the town of Keene NY. Dix Mountain Trailhead Does anyone know if the parking lot at Elk Lake is accessible right now? Directions To Dix Mountain: For driving directions to trailheads near Dix Mountain click a parking area on the map above, and choose Google Driving Directions. From here to the end of the hike, the route follows an established and maintained trail. Hunters can park on the shoulders of seasonal access roads provided vehicles are out of the travel lane. (No bugs). Known for its namesake Dix mountain, the Dix Range is home to five mountains over 4000 feet; East Dix, South Dix, Macomb, Hough and Dix. The Dix Mountain Area provides a number of distinct areas for those seeking to rock or ice climb. The next .5mi or so is extremely steep and makes for a hellish trip up. 2,025 were here. The hike is actually fairly easy up until about the 5th mile. Nippletop can be climbed by this route without having to climb Bear Den and Dial Mountains at all. MOUNTAIN. Do not attempt if you are not an experienced hiker, this mountain requires you start early and have plenty of strength for an all day hike. Trail was very wet and muddy even in the flat sections of the trail ( it rained a good amount the prior few days). ... (not including our miracle lift to the inner trailhead) and 5587' ascent. to access restrooms, water fountain, and a bike repair station. With five different mountains, this traverse offers something rugged and adventurous for hikers. Exciting to see and awesome to experience. Dix Mountain seen from the Beckhorn. I kept waiting for the hard part and it never came. Dix is the 6th High Peak, at 4857 ft. Macomb is the 21st High Peak, at 4405 ft. Hough is the 23rd High Peak, at 4400 ft. South Dix is the 37th High Peak, at 4060 ft. Grace Peak (formerly East Dix) is the 42nd High Peak, at 4012 ft. Getting there. Mountain. 5 stars for the views/vistas, but 3 for the terrain. From the Dix Mountain trailhead along Elk Lake Road, overnight hikers have two lean-tos to choose from - Slide Brook and Lillian Brook - and a few established campsites. I would expect almost everybody to go faster than that, most a lot faster. Learn more about Peregrine falcons and Adirondack rock climbing. After dubbing South Dix the tease trail, I soon anointed the trail to Grace as stabby trail. The summit is amazing as itâs an open one with several beautiful views. With the Antennae Farm visible to the north, veer right and follow the trail uphill until you reach a large granite formation. General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. Dix Mountain Range Map Me and my friends are planning on hiking the Dix Mountain Range this weekend. The remote southwestern portion of the wilderness can be accessed from Walker Brook and West Mill Brook Parking areas that can be accessed from Route 9. Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract (Recreation area on this CE is limited to the parking area and trail only). This mountain is absolutely stunning as it offers 360º views and is a great vantage point. Although popular due to its remoteness, it should be noted that the density of wildlife populations in this region of the Adirondacks is often considered relatively sparse. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails. When state police and forest rangers responded to a report of a hiker in distress on Dix Mountain at around 7:30 on Sunday, they determined he had died. The Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack... Jump to. One designated campsite and one lean-to can be found on the trail from the Round Pond Trailhead to the summit of Dix Mountain approximately 4.2 miles from the trailhead. The last two miles from the slide to the summit is probably the steepest Iâve ever been on in the area. Now begins the hardest part of your hike: Hough Peak, then up to the false summit of the Beckhorn, then finally to the highest point of the trip at the summit of Dix Mountain. Route 73 provides direct access to most of the areas which are in the vicinity of Chapel Pond. The beginning few miles are a fairly gradual climb that helps loosen your legs for the fun to come. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings. 75 minute summit time and 70 minutes of it just us. Once you get to the slide, stick to the right and look for the trail, it'll take about a minute to find. Two other popular climbing areas are "King Phillip Wall" and "Another Roadside Distraction" located near the intersection of Route 9 and I-87. Buckle up for the ascent when you reach the rock slide! Ahead, hike down a steep and rooty maintained trail along the Dix slide. There are two camping areas located roughly 1 and two miles north of Elk Lake, along with trails to Hough Peak, Macomb Mountain and Grace Peak. The only negative I heard was about the crowds, which is to be expected on the 46er peaks. Most camp sites are located adjacent to streams or other water sources. No permit is required for day hikes to Cascade Mountain and Porter Mountain. Good rest on your knees for whatâs about to come. From the trailhead the trail meets up with the old Dial trail after 2 miles of usually soggy ground. General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations. Snowshoeing Dix Mountain is a fine adventure as any, but comes with a few challenges. Descend the steep and rooty Dix Trail 1,600 feet to a traverse of the Dix Slide at mile 9.9 (12); Do not attempt in the dark. 41,000 steps and just under 12 hrs. It is very steep but I found it easy to navigate both up and down - much easier than I expected. We did Dix Mountain from the Round Pond Trail. Awesome weather. Directions: Round Pond trailhead: From the West take Route 73 East from Lake Placid for 40 km to the Round Pond trailhead. Dix Mountain via Dix Trail is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. To top off the day, Leesa and I successfully climbed Dix Mountain in the Adirondack Park of NY from the Elk Lake Trailhead. The shoulder of the mountain on the left side of the picture is called Tripod Mountain. The following descriptions describe hiking the Dix Range from the Elk Lake trailhead. The ascend into the peak is quite âhellishâ but the peak offers 360 degree views of Surrounding peaks. Beyond, the forest transitions to birch and stunted balsam as you climb steeply toward 4,857-foot Dix Mountain. Entrance into woods has faded yellow dashes on rocks. The lands of the Dix Mountain Tract are part of the High Peaks Wilderness. The only issue was having to go back and forth over Beckhorn mountain. Trail is in excellent condition. Wanted to say a bit about this hike. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC Website) for information on outdoor guides. It is here that we begin our journey... Topographic map courtesy of Google Unfortunately my friend broke his toe earlier in the hike and couldnât take the pain any longer so I had to turn around 0.4 from the summit. It also felt great to be back on a maintained trail. We anticipated having trouble finding a campsite on a holiday weekend, so we decided to hike to Lillian Brook, check out our options, and decide what to do from there. Number thirty-seven in order of height in the Adirondacks South Dix is noteworthy for standing in the middle of the best ridge walk in the area. The wilderness has nearly 50 miles of marked hiking trails as well as several miles of unmarked paths. The trail to the summit will take you 3.6 miles with a 2,330-foot ascent. The first two miles act as a warmup before the trail flattens out for 2-3 miles. Dix Mountain from Route 73 - 2/23/13 This hike was a repeat of a hike I tried back on 4/20/12 when I attempted to climb Dix Mountain from the Route 73 trailhead at Round Pond. This makes for easy hiking. We anticipated having trouble finding a campsite on a holiday weekend, so we decided to hike to Lillian Brook, check out our options, and decide what to do from there. Various groups went out on adventures ice climbing, skiing, and hiking. The view from the summit is outstanding (Great Range, Dix Wilderness, Elk Lake, etc) and we lingered for a long while in the sun and unusual warmth. Designated campsites are marked with a yellow "Camp Here" disc. The weather was very nice to start, while it was fairly warm and muggy, there were surprisingly very few bugs and no rain (yet). The trails to the summit are steep and challenging to climb. Super dry. I only did Dix and Hough on this hike. One last peak before the snow flies! The next few miles are flat through the lean to. Food and supplies may be obtained in the nearby communities of Keene Valley, Keene and Elizabethtown. By the time you reach the Beckhorn, youâll have traveled about 0.9-miles from Hough and 3.98-miles from the trail. Itâs difficult but never felt too dangerous though. Parking at the trailhead is free. Iâd love to summit again for the views, but this trail kicked my butt. to access restrooms, water fountain, and a bike repair station. I explored the Dix range trailhead and Elk Lake in clear weather on the 26 th in preparation for this hike. Deep snow, narrow paths, and wet snow on overhanging trees are all obstacles on this hike in winter. Do not climb the slides unless thatâs your intent. Hiked today. Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. Seeing as though this is a 5 mountain range, what are some tips that you guys have for this range, and also, if anybody could drop a link to a good map for the range that I can print, it would be greatly appreciated! General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations. Fleishman said Nichols and the friend, whose name wasnât released, set out to hike the Dix Mountain Range in the High Peaks Wilderness around 6 a.m. Sunday. Like others have said. Gas may be obtained in the nearby communities of Keene and Elizabethtown. You can protect wildlife and wildlife habitat when viewing them. We camped at Round Pond and left early AM for Dix, dropping our packs at the Boquet River lean-to where weâd return to camp for night two. General Information: DEC Region 5 Ray Brook Office: 518-897-1200 (M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM); Backcountry Emergencies: 518-891-0235 (24/7). Then comes the junction for another 1.9mi I believe to the slide. Deep snow, narrow paths, and wet snow on overhanging trees are all obstacles on this hike in winter. Here Dixon Trail intersects the Top of the Mountain trails. Practice Leave No Trace (leaves DEC website) principles when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly; minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts other backcountry users. Dix Mountain is the sixth highest peak in New York State. The top of this mountain is beautiful. We hit Dix Mountain around 2:00 â 2:15 PM. Relatively flat for a long ways from Round to just past the lean-to, then a slow ascent to the slide, then a bitch of a climb to the summit (but relents a bit when arriving at the crest). Complete five High Peaks with an overall amazing view of the High Peaks region. Dining is available in the nearby communities of Keene Valley, Keene and Elizabethtown. Because of the MKT Trail history, the park has a train station theme. General information on paddling includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules and regulations. Trail picks up to the right side of the slide a few yards up. Seven primitive tent sites can be found along the Colvin Range Trail or close by on trails connected to the trail. Dix Mountain Tract Knowing what I know now I would have done the whole range at once last year. It can be accessed from an informal parking area near the Route 73 Crossing over the river. For a more remote trout fishing experience, individuals may wish to travel to one of the numerous small ponds in the interior, most notably, Cranberry, Lilypad and Rhododendron Ponds. General information on rock and ice climbing includes how-to and safety tips with links to rules and regulations. So last Monday, we set out from the Round Pond trailhead off Route 73 to tackle our final climb in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. But my plan was to turn this into a three-day adventure and see a bit more of the very large Dix Mountain Wilderness area. 10 Views Last Month 295 Since Jan 16, 2019 Difficult. The Dix Mountain Area contains 49 miles of marked and maintained trails and several miles of un-marked path. Due to peregrine falcon nesting activity some climbing routes are closed during the nesting season. A beautiful day with the fall colors just starting to really pop. The trail is closed during northern zone regular big game hunting season. At about the half way point there is a camping area with lean-tos that are usually empty. Long day, but worth the trip. On that hike, there was absolutely no snow at the Trailhead, but there was 18" of fresh snow on the steep section above where the trail crosses the slide. The public has the right to use the trail but is prohibited from leaving the trail and trespassing on private lands. We played call and response till they found their way to us. On that hike, there was absolutely no snow at the Trailhead, but there was 18" of fresh snow on the steep section above where the trail crosses the slide. A parking area is located 0.1 mile north of the trailhead. Little rough, lots of blowdown, great view, some ice but avoidable. Reach the Beckhorn (a false summit) at mile 8.9 (10), then continue to the top (11). DIAL. Dix Mountain is the sixth tallest mountain in New York. If starting from Elk Lake, hikers will need to use the lot at Clear Pond, adding an additional 4- miles RT to their hike. If you have never been fishing but want to try, it's easy to learn how to fish. Users have reported that street parking is available about 2 miles from the trailhead. NOTE: The Elk Lake Trailhead and the first 2.3 miles of the trail accessing the Dix Mountain area are on private lands. Of the five peaks only Dix has a maintained trail and the other four have herd paths that lead to each of the summits. The trailhead to East Dix is on the right and down a light cliff. Hard! Accessibility Help. 7:30 a.m. departure from the trail head, 6:00 p.m. back to the car. In the Dix Mountain Area, Nippletop via Elk Pass Trail has a few mid-sized trees downed across the trail between Elk Pass and the summit of Nippletop. Yep itâs a Saturday midday too. Looking forward to going back and finishing the job soon! It will be marked as the trailhead for Round Pond and Dix Mountain, and there will be a small parking area just before the trailhead. After big game hunting season, the trail reopens. The terrain in the wilderness is largely rough, rocky and mountainous. There was no urgency to start early, the days are still long right? The Dix Range 5 Mountains over 4,000 feet. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This is a 10.1 mile RT (counting road walking) if you just go to Dial Mt. I heard they closed off that road this year and parking for the Dix was moved back to Clear Pond. The weather for this day was forecasted to be cloudy in the morning with high winds and possibly a shower, but clearing in the early afternoon. All users of the Dix Mountain area must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follows all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource. To put my pace in perspective it took me 12 hours to climb the Seward range and about the same time to climb the Santanoni range. 1.1 miles to go, 770 feet of climbing. Beyond, the forest transitions to birch and stunted balsam as you climb steeply toward 4,857-foot Dix Mountain. Definitely need to keep eyes on the trail as thereâs blowdown and the path has been rerouted in a few spots. Elk Lake Road is located off Exit 29 of I87, then west on Blue Ridge Road to a right on Elk Lake Road to parking at the end on the right. As of October, 2020 the sites are numbered. Some steep parts here and there. There is no formal hand launch site at this time, but DEC is planning to construct a universally accessible site for launching canoes and kayaks at the north end of the pond. 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