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). Accessibility Help. Motorized Transport to Trailhead: Car: Peak: Dix Mountain: Location: USA-New York: Elevation: 4823 ft / 1470 m: Ascent Trip Report Luckily it was a very short descent from Beck-Horn and ascent up Dix where we were rewarded with a sprawling 360 degree view. 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. Dix Mountain: Take in 360-degree Adirondack views from the hike's high point. DEC manages these lands in accordance with the 2004 Dix Mountain Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP) (PDF) and the 2018 High Peaks Wilderness Complex UMP Amendment (PDF). (No bugs). Designated campsites are marked with a yellow "Camp Here" disc. 5 stars for the views/vistas, but 3 for the terrain. The lands of the Dix Mountain Tract are part of the High Peaks Wilderness. The trail is closed during northern zone regular big game hunting season. Dix Mountain - 8/4/2018. 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. We arrived at the Dix trailhead at 5:30am to a full parking lot. To its right is Nippletop. 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. I explored the Dix range trailhead and Elk Lake in clear weather on the 26 th in preparation for this hike. Wanted to say a bit about this hike. Slippery rocky climb, but great view! Park users can travel through the underpass to the east side of Scott Blvd. Help Protect Native Adirondack Fish; populations of brook trout, round whitefish and other native Adirondack fish species have severely declined due to introduced fish. Chapel and Round Ponds are the most frequently fished waters in the wilderness, both of which offer camping and the opportunity for catching stocked brook trout. Trailheads and Parking Areas Accessed from Exit 30 of the Northway (I-87), Trailheads and Parking Areas Accessed from Exit 29 of the Northway (I-87). These can be accessed from informal parking areas near the Route 73 Bridge over the river. Anglers may use the same trailheads and trails as hikers, the same hand launches as paddlers, and the same camp sites as campers to access and fish these waters. Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (leaves DEC website) and Essex County/Lake Placid Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area. Just as a rough guess 80% of trail from 73 to the base of the slide is soil or soil and roots -- i.e. Evan an If you're ready for some of the more challenging hikes in the Adirondacks, the Dix Mountain Wilderness offers some steep but â¦ It's a little over a mile of poking and prodding. All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum. A couple of other trip reports for this route up Dix put the time at 9 hours and 45 minutes. All designated primitive tents sites, campsites and lean-tos are available on a first come - first served basis and cannot be reserved. After the brief portion on the slide, the trail gets extremely difficult. 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. Itâs better to turn around and fight another day in that type of terrain. No icy spots today. Motorized Transport to Trailhead: Car: Peak: Dix Mountain: Location: USA-New York: Elevation: 4823 ft / 1470 m: Ascent Trip Report I checked the weather forecast when I got up at 4:45 AM to be sure it had not changed. Hard! Buckle up for the ascent when you reach the rock slide! Super dry. The last two miles from the slide to the summit is probably the steepest Iâve ever been on in the area. Dix is 6th highest in NY, at 4857 ft. Macomb is 21st highest at 4405 ft. Hough is 23rd highest at an even 4400 ft. South Dix is 37th highest at 4060 ft. Grace Peak (formerly East Dix) is 42nd highest at 4012 ft. We hiked in via the Elk Lake trailhead to the south, and made camped on the western shoulder of Macomb Mountain. There are no hook-ups for water or electricity at campsites. Also in Adirondack Hiking Primary Trailhead: This is part of the St Huberts parking area/trailhead. One can quickly bag at least three other high peak in an afternoon by simply by walking along this rather short ridge. 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. All climbers should check guidebooks or other sources of information about climbing these cliffs. The first two miles act as a warmup before the trail flattens out for 2-3 miles. Nippletop seen from Dix Mountain. No parking issues either. The trailhead sign. It has a reservable shelter, playground, mountain bike skills course, full basketball court, fitness stations, and open play field. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers. 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. Gas may be obtained in the nearby communities of Keene and Elizabethtown. Climbing routes around Chapel Pond can be accessed from the Chapel Pond Parking Area or the Giant Mountain Trailhead Parking Area (aka Zander Scott Trailhead). I made this mistake and you'll only find dead ends. Because of the MKT Trail history, the park has a train station theme. The hike is actually fairly easy up until about the 5th mile. Dix Mountain is the sixth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, and is located roughly on the boundary between the towns of North Hudson and Keene in Essex County, New York. Dix Mountain Tract Dix Mountain is located 5 1/2 miles back from Elk Lake via the Elk Lake - Dix Mountain and Beck-horn trails. Given its unique terrain, true wilderness atmosphere, and marvelous scenery, the Dix Range is a common favorite among many Adirondack hikers. Long day, but worth the trip. Beyond, the forest transitions to birch and stunted balsam as you climb steeply toward 4,857-foot Dix Mountain. The 6.8-mile (13.6 miles round trip) trail ascends 3,200 feet to the summit. Dix Mountain, the sixth highest peak in the Adirondacks, lies at the area's heart and four additional High Peaks - Hough, South Dix, East Dix, and Macomb - surround. So last Monday, we set out from the Round Pond trailhead off Route 73 to tackle our final climb in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. Yes it was very windy, yet everyone enjoys a snack. We hit Dix Mountain around 2:00 â 2:15 PM. If starting from Elk Lake, hikers will need to use the lot at Clear Pond, adding an additional 4- miles RT to their hike. Do not climb the slides unless thatâs your intent. 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 Dix Mountain Wilderness Area is the name previously given to an area of New York's Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, and is located in the towns of Elizabethtown, Keene and North Hudson, Essex County.It is roughly bounded on the north by NY 73, on the east by the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87), on the south by Blue Ridge Road and on the west by Elk Lake Club and Ausable Club â¦ Dix Mountain (4,857 ft.) The Northern Trail to the summit of Dix Mountain begins at the Round Pound Trailhead off of Route 73. Another primitive campsite can be found at the end of a 1.8-mile herd path along the South Fork of the Bouquet River. 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% Add a Photo. and back. Snowshoeing Dix Mountain is a fine adventure as any, but comes with a few challenges. I absolutely hate the Dix Mountain Range. Keep in mind, this can only be climbed in combination with other mountains in the range; there is no direct trail or herd path. The only negative I heard was about the crowds, which is to be expected on the 46er peaks. This hike covers 6.6 miles from the parking area and ascends 2,760 feet, a 13.2-mile round trip. The trails provide hikers the opportunity to enjoy numerous mountains over 3,000 feet in elevation - nine of which have a summit elevation greater than 4,000 feet. Backpack the Dix Range. In the next 0.7-miles to the Beckhorn, youâll be teased with wonderful views preparing you for what is arguably the most stunning mountain in the Adirondacks, Dix Mountain. You can ensure of continued good fishing opportunities in the future by fishing responsibly. I'm 69 and hike very slowly but that said I found the climb from the slide to the top of the mountain to be relatively easy and safe - using poles. General information on hunting and general information on trapping includes how-to and safety tips with links to seasons, rules and regulations. Tents or small campers can use designated campsites. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. Camping between 3,500 feet and 4,000 feet is limited to designated campsites. With five different mountains, this traverse offers something rugged and adventurous for hikers. DO NOT GO TO THE TOP OF THE SLIDE. One very important thing to note, DONT GO UP THE SLIDE. Numerous guide books and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. A long 1.5 mile slog up extremely steep terrain. All waters within the Dix Mountain Area are open to fishing. Various groups went out on adventures ice climbing, skiing, and hiking. This hike was somewhat unique, in that it allowed us to do it in one long day hike, versus our typical camping 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. Peregrine Falcons are known to nest in the area. 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. MOUNTAIN. limited rocks, boulders. When you've finished admiring the view, turn around and head back to the intersection. The trail was pretty tight and had a moderate descent for a while. 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. The public has the right to use the trail but is prohibited from leaving the trail and trespassing on private lands. Hiked today. Adirondack/Lake Champlain Fishing provides information on fishing in the Adirondacks and links to top fishing waters, stocking lists, public fishing access and waters open to ice fishing listed by county. As of October, 2020 the sites are numbered. 7:30 a.m. departure from the trail head, 6:00 p.m. back to the car. The public has the right to use the trail but is prohibited from leaving the trail and trespassing on private lands. Route 73 provides direct access to most of the areas which are in the vicinity of Chapel Pond. It is a relatively long hike at 22 km roundtrip, but traverses some beautiful terrain and offers some interesting sections of steep trail for those slightly more advanced hikers. Five primitive campsites can be found along or nearby a 1.5-mile herd path along the North Fork of the Bouquet River leading to Lilypad Pond. 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. Itâs difficult but never felt too dangerous though. Depending on the time of year you can expect to take between 5 ½ hours (winter) to 3 hours (summer) to summit Dix. The view southeast towards the scarred western face of Dix Mountain, which reveals its wet rock slides. The Dix Mountain Area provides a number of distinct areas for those seeking to rock or ice climb. Coming out of the summit of South Dix, there is a cairn marker to head over to Hough on the left. Dix is located on the Eastern edge of the High Peaks region and is the tallest peak of the Dix Range at 1480 m, it is also the sixth tallest mountain in the Adirondacks. Exciting to see and awesome to experience. 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. 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. 75 minute summit time and 70 minutes of it just us. Snowshoeing Dix Mountain is a fine adventure as any, but comes with a few challenges. This is important to keep in mind when choosing to climb Dix from the Round Pond trailhead. Dix Mountain is the sixth highest peak in New York State. The terrain in the wilderness is largely rough, rocky and mountainous. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails. 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! This flat section is a beautiful hike through the woods. The top of this mountain is beautiful. Popular areas of the unit for hunting include the West Mill, Lindsay and Niagara Brook drainages and the Bouquet River Area. The next .5mi or so is extremely steep and makes for a hellish trip up. Parking at the trailhead and hiking the trail are prohibited on weekends. At 06:00, Grant, Eric, Phong, and I assembled in the parking lot and drove south to the trailhead. Maps, climb info, trails, and peak summit photos for Dix Mountain, a 4,857 ft / 1,480 m mountain in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Little rough, lots of blowdown, great view, some ice but avoidable. DEC will be changing signs, web pages, and regulations to eliminate references to the former Dix Mountain Wilderness and transition to High Peaks Wilderness. I only did Dix and Hough on this hike. Photos. 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. I heard they closed off that road this year and parking for the Dix was moved back to Clear Pond. 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. General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state. Here Dixon Trail intersects the Top of the Mountain trails. The Adirondacks contain large tracts of wildlife habitat with some boreal, bog, alpine and other unique habitats. Inexperienced climbers should consider hiring a climbing guide. Peregrine falcons and Adirondack rock climbing. to access restrooms, water fountain, and a bike repair station. 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. 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. Nippletop can be climbed by this route without having to climb Bear Den and Dial Mountains at all. I opted for this route since I had done Hough, South Dix and Macomb from Elk Lake. Dix Mountain is the sixth tallest mountain in New York. Great trip! At the summit you will see some buildings and the town of Keene NY. At about the half way point there is a camping area with lean-tos that are usually empty. Camping above 4,000 feet is prohibited. Loved sitting at the midway up looking at the wilderness. Dix Mountain is the sixth tallest mountain in New York. I then took the trail passing Beckhorn to get to Hough mt. Once you get to the slide, walk up a bit and youâll see carins marking the continuation of the trail. It's a little over a mile of poking and prodding. The storm had eroded many trails, washed out footbridges, felled trees, and triggered numerous landslides in the High Peaks region. 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. Iâd love to summit again for the views, but this trail kicked my butt. DIAL. 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. The 45,208 acres of the Dix Mountain Area are part of the Adirondack Forest Preserve and the 192,685-acre High Peaks Wilderness. Parking is across the road from the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead for Giant Mountain. The wilderness has nearly 50 miles of marked hiking trails as well as several miles of unmarked paths. Trail was very wet and muddy even in the flat sections of the trail ( it rained a good amount the prior few days). The Dix Range 5 Mountains over 4,000 feet. 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