Some of the bushwhack trails can be a little tricky to find, especially because they don't exactly match up with some of the maps.

For this trail being an unmarked trail it is very easy to follow. Due to the high use, cairns and other hikers. I would still suggest bringing a map. I hiked this a few weeks ago and the guys that were ahead of us did not have a map and it was annoying to have to tell them the way the whole time. You really need a map. And you really need to understand how to read it. This hike may only be about 13 miles, we hiked down hunters pass on the way out. But it is a vigorous one. With most of the miles at the end of the day you will be exhausted after. We got to 3/5 peaks before 2pm. Arrived at Hough at around 4pm and were considering not completing Dix Mt. but we wanted to complete all 5 so we pushed on. We summited Dix Mt. around 5:30pm. You don't really know when you get to the summit if the peak is in the clouds. But then since it was starting to get dark we decided to take the longer but less steep path back. It was really rough and I recommend to bring headlamps no matter if you plan to hike only in the day light. Because we hiked for about 4hrs in the dark but were prepared with lights and food. I loved camping at this trailhead. Although on a busy weekend plan to park at the farther lot, 4 miles away. Because the lot at the slide brook is on the smaller side for the amount of trailheads are accessible from there. I would recommend also giving yourself a full 12 hr day of daylight to complete this hike. We started at 8:30am but I would recommend to start before daylight.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a really great hike. Yes it was tough, but a spectacular view. Friends kept saying "it doesn't look real." Some markers for trails are the rock pyramids. Pyramids are usually a sign to turn.

getting to the base of E.Dix/ Grace is actually quite easy just follow the cairns like said. A little confusing after the last campsite make sure to stay to your left, Not a Bad Day hike definitely have to be prepared for it, it's a long walk out it's a little monotonous could have done it quicker but weather played a part as we had to torrential downpours and lack of footing. round trip 14 hours door-to-door with stops

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked the new "Grace Peak" from rt 73 and what a tough trail to follow. Multiple spider web trails all over the place. Crossing the forks of the bouquet was interesting as some of the cairn's are tough to spot and not in the best places. If we didn't scare a hiker out of his morning duty we would've found ourselves hiking up the back of Dix... Not good..

I suggest hiking this route with a group as we added about 3 extra miles of backtracking trying to stay on the correct path.

Tough one. View was worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike. Long hike. From the Elk Lake lot it's almost 20 miles and 13 hours. Great views.

This trail is a fantastic challenge and a great way to bag 5 peaks in a loop. There is camping, so an over night is possible. It took my son and I 13 hours with stop to filter water and converse with folks along the way.
Started at 5:30 and got back to our car at 6:20. Hiked on 6/24/16

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

One day camp and hike up Macomb, great views and the slide was a nice challenge.

hiking
Thursday, November 05, 2015

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Monday, September 21, 2015

From Elk Lake trailhead we hiked in on Friday at about 530-600pm and made it to the Slide Brook lean-to in time to set up camp and start a fire/dinner. Hit the trail early at around 700 and spent the entire day on the move. East Dix (Grace Peak) was defiantly worth going out of your way for and is a good place to take lunch with some impressive views . Continued on to Hough and reached Dix peak at around 3. Took in the breathtaking view and started off on our almost four hour decent back to SB lean-to . Definitely bring a headlamp ! This 17 mile hike is very time consuming and if you're not prepared you will get caught in the dark. Challenging but well worth all my aches and pains the next morning

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

This was a very challenging,but rewarding trip. We hiked in Friday night and camped next to the first lean-to allowing us to get on the trail by 5:00am. We did the whole loop up Macomb, if your not trying to do all 46 I would recommend skipping East Dix, it ads several hours to already very Lind day and isn't really worth it. We used the DEC marked trail to descend via the Beckhorn. We enjoyed the relatively easy hike out. Despite our 5:00 start we still didn't get back to the truck until 5:00pm, plan on spending at least 12 hours on this trip.

hiking
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

An enjoyable and challenging hike… well enjoyable until the hike out anyway. We started off our day at the Elk Lake trailhead at 5:30 am and got off trail 14 hours later. Although the trails in this area are usually drier during July the heavy rains made many of the trails into wet rocky streams which slowed us down in many areas but we also spent at least 45 mins on each peak – if you’re hiking this hard you want to enjoy the reward. We chose the Lillian Brook Pond trail between Hough and South Dix to get back down which meant traversing the steep trails of the Beckhorn and Hough twice but should have meant an easier descent on the knees. Unfortunately, the recent storms changed that into a lot of blow down, rerouting and very wet conditions which meant the hike out was long and tough. We were relieved to see the parking lot knowing that a cooler of chilled vitamin waters was waiting!! Great hike!!!!!