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Dix Range is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near North Hudson, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.3 miles Elevation Gain: 5,183 feet Route Type: Loop

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backpacking

camping

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bird watching

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Note: The parking lot is currently closed due to COVID-19. Users have reported that street parking is available about 2 miles from the trailhead. Hiking all five mountains in the Dix range can make for a long day. Once at elevation on the range, traveling between the mountains is not too difficult. Leaving the DEC trail at the Slide Brook start following a herd path up Macomb. The remaining trail on the range is considered a herd path all the way through to Beckhorn before reconvening with the DEC trail to finish ascending Dix. Despite being herd paths, the trails receive enough foot traffic to make traversing the range quite easy. The rock scramble up Macomb is much easier ascending as the terrain is loose rock/dirt. Doing the range as a loop does require an out and back from S. Dix to Grace Peak. NOTE: The Elk Lake Trailhead and the first 2.3 miles of the trail accessing the Dix Mountain area are on private lands. The public has the right to use the trail but is prohibited from leaving the trail and trespassing on private lands. The trail is closed during big game hunting season. After big game hunting season, the trail reopens. However, beginning then, and through the winter and spring mud season, the public must park 2.0 miles back from the trailhead at the Clear Pond Parking Area.

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6 days ago

Did this hike on 6-27-20, the road is still blocked off 2 miles from the parking lot so you have to walk in down the road. We went up dix first and then over to the other 4. Coming down Macomb was sketchy on the rock slide and then as we went down the creek we lost the trail and ended up bushwhacking back to find it. I think you would be better off going up the slide then down it, and it seems that is the more popular route. A fun hike nonetheless that offers everything! This is a very demanding hike and should not be taking on lightly.

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23 days ago

We arrived at the parking lot at about 5:45AM (Friday morning) and there were still 2 open spots. By the time we got to the Slide Brook lean-to and unloaded our extra gear, it was just before 9AM when we started up the Slide Brook herdpath, which is located just south of the lean-to. Our goal was to summit Macomb, South Dix, Grace, and Hough -- we had already completed Dix last summer (on the warmest weekend of the summer). There is a fair amount of recent blowdown on pretty much all the trails. Nothing that presented a major obstacle. Except for the walk in, bugs were minimal. Same for mud; there were a few muddy spots, but nothing very deep. The wind on all 4 summits was strong and constant, but the weather in general was cool and sunny. All in all, it was a great day for hiking. When we got back to the parking lot Saturday morning, it was full and there were probably 12 or more vehicles parked on the road and in non-parking spots within the lot.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This trail is difficult but SO worth the views and I highly recommend it for experienced hikers!! The loop is definitely longer than 15 miles...closer to 20/25. The whole way to Dix is unmarked but there is a fairly clear path - it helped that other hikers were just ahead of me (and knew where they were going) so I followed fresh footprints. The descend from Dix is marked, and long - I recommend taking the Beckhorn trail down as opposed to hunters pass (much quicker). The rock face scramble up to macomb is a bit technical. There is still a whole lot of snow when moving through each summit, definitely bring spikes. The bugs were really bad too. I also got so scraped up from all of the tree branches so it might help to wear pants and long sleeves. Parking near dix trailhead is closed and that last bit of road blocked off- so you have to park about two miles from trailhead. I parked at 545am and got the last parking spot. I finished at 445pm and was able to hitch a ride back from near the trailhead to my car. Definitely doable in a day if you keep moving.

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1 month ago

Hardest and longest hike I’ve done yet. Lots of snow still and overgrown. Kept losing track of the herd trail. Awesome views from each mountain though!

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1 month ago

A few friends and I did this trail yesterday, we had to park by clear lake and walk the 2 miles to the trail head. From there we hiked in and was mainly flat until the 2nd camping area and the elevation increased quick! The views at dix are incredible After six going over to hough it interesting, there’s no trail so i relied on the app to keep me on course and someone else’s foot prints so thanks to him! Getting to the other peaks went bad only a little while getting to them We didn’t have time for grace peak due to taking a while getting through the unmarked trails and being in waist deep snow but that’s ok, another note after macomb you go down a rock slide and there is a trail that will be off in the woods to the right We went straight down and that took a while also Over all we hiked 24 miles in 15 hours Long day for sure and probably the most challenging hike! It was awesome

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