The Dix Range to Macomb and Dix Mountain

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Dix Mountain Wilderness

The Dix Range to Macomb and Dix Mountain is a 18.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length18.1 miElevation gain5,669 ftRoute typePoint to point
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In this one hike you will climb to the top of five 4,000 foot Adirondack Forty-Sixers. This trail includes Dix, South Dix, Grace Peak, Macomb and Hough.

Backpacker Magazine Description of the Great East Dix Slide Route http://www.backpacker.com/august-09-where-solitude-rules-surprise-escapes/destinations/13248?page=3 Adirondack Journey Description of This route http://www.adirondackjourney.com/East_Dix%20via%20Great%20Slide.htm

Trailhead: About a mile past the intersection of Rte. 73 and Rte. 9 you'll come to a bridge in the road over the North Fork Bouquet River with a car pullout. This will be the start of the unmarked trail. Rte 73 is off exit 30 from I-87. Use the first POI to find the trail. No parking fee. The GPS track in this guide is very accurate but make sure to bring a map, compass and hopefully a good GPS so that you don't get lost. Also check out the links below as they have other detailed info on this route. This is a long day hike if you attempt it so make sure you are in shape and get an early start. Most will do this over two days.

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Christopher Hinckley
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Joseph Isgro
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If you are starting in the dark which during this “wintertime season “ I would highly recommend starting with dix as it is a marked trail and easy to follow. He will learn on the way out that the trail from Grace, which will take you usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours out has numerous river crossings as well as unmarked trail that’s not easy to follow The entire hike including the 2 miles from two different trail hers took us 11 hours and 40 minutes. This was moving out of relatively average pace with not much time at the top as it was windy and cold it’s a fullllll day for sure! beautiful views through out! enjoy!!!

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Tony Khairallah
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Very challenging and technical this time a year. Leaves covers the already unmarked trails (dix is marked). Recommend if you want to knock out 5 peaks in one day or backpack. If you plan on one day, make sure to start very early, slow pace to be expected

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Thomas Khairallah
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This was the most challenging hike I’ve done in the ADK. We started early and had to look for a good way to cross the first creek on the way up. The water level was so high which made it challenging to cross. The views from the peaks made up for all the scrambles, ice, and occasional snow on the trails.

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David Petterson
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This was a tough but very rewarding hike. Started at 6.30am on the Grace trailhead, still dark but it was a Sunday and the weather was chill 35deg so plenty of parking. Trail on nth side was a little tricky to follow in the dark, so we switched to south trail which was much better. The hike up Grace was good.. we stuck to the path up the side of the slide. Lots of blow down but nothing that wasn't manageable. As we reached the top there was a little ice, but rocks were still holding heat so lots of grip. Fantastic weather it was cool but the. sun came out and the traverse across the range was spectacular. From Grace we went to Macomb via South Dix, then back to South and over to Hough and then finally Dix. The trail home from Dix was steep initially but levels out to a long walk back to the car. We arrived back by 5pm after clocking up 21.6 miles. Very rewarding hike

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Robert Payst
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Great Hike. If you want to challenge yourself, go for it, you will not be disappointed. As for my self , day started out in the rain, then cleared up, and the temp dropped. Going from Grace back out to Rt. 73, the trail can be easy to lose at times, especially with the fallen leaves. Best way to tell, if the ground is solid and firm, then you're on the trail; if the ground is soft, readjust your bearings.

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Nick Levin
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Anthony Kenney
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Beautiful sights! Pictures just don't catch the scenery. Remember no verizon cell service,.whoops. If you enter on the south fork end north of the river the trail follows up on the ridge. Look for cairns once you get into the hike a few miles. Doing the loop of peaks towards the top of Dix, the wall you have to get up was challenging. I learned too late you can bushwhack to the left to get around it. You will know what wall I mean when you get there. We went up it. Going down Dix heading out to Round pond was icy, we used micro spikes. The descent was steep and rocky for a few miles. Awesome views.

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Chris Fanning
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Adam Laroche
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Clayton Krumm
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Absolutely beautiful with the leaves starting to change. That being said, the trail between Hough and Dix is pretty prickly, so be sure to wear pants and long sleeves so you don’t get scratched up like me

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Ryan McClenning
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Hiked clockwise from Rt 73, 0530 to 1700. Headlamps a must this time of year. Spotty surface ice on shaded rock faces above 3500'. Use caution on the Grace slide, I had a hard time tracking back to the herd path when it got rather steep.

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Cristina Pruzan
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Did the Range 9/15/20. Parked the car at Round pond at 0400 and speed walk to the other end to start my hike to Grace. Do not try this with headlights if you don’t have good nav skills. Unmarked and going left and right, I found it v challenging to keep the heard path. Climbing to Grace was the worst part. Once you get there and see what you have to do can be intimidating but also what you need to get it done. The second worst part was going down ( and back up) on the rocky part from S Dix to Macomb. Climbing Macomb wasn’t that hard. What is going to get you is 100 feet from Dix Mt when you come across a steep cracked stone that you have to try to climb- horrible feeling! If you bushwhack to the left through dense conifers you can easily get to the top. Going down Dix is not as bad as people describe. For me Algonquin was the toughest peak maybe because I encountered snow in June and my microspikes blew out. I used Fenix6 watch and without All trails for moral support to see how long to each peak or down I wouldn’t have been so organized and able to plan each stretch.It was 16 miles plus almost 2.4 speed walking from Round Pond to the other end. This was the hike with the most unbelievable views. I hike solo and it is the first time I wished I had company:) Thanks All Trails!

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