Explore the most popular birding trails near North Hudson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike is a big one but offers so much. I completed this today in 10 hours on the dot with 5-10 minutes on each peak and 20 on Dix. We started up Macomb (I recommend this way because traveling up Dix via the beckhorn trail is insanely steep and unforgiving and going down the macomb slide seems super dangerous due to the steep slide and loose rock/dirt). After walking in via the hunters pass trail (45 mins from trailhead), the slide brook trail starts by going through a campsite (which was awkward so we just quickly walked through the site to the cairn and trail). The slide is not to be taken lightly, definitely easier going up the side, it’s a real gasser. Got to the top of Macomb (wooden summit sign) in exactly 2 hours from sign-in. 30 minutes over to South Dix (summit- “ X- S Dix” carved in a tree). Another 30 over to East Dix (no summit sign, big high Boulder is summit). Then back to South Dix up to Hough which was a little longer and more challenging (summit- yellow trailmarker “hough”). From hough to Dix (summit cap in rock) was the most challenging as far as going peak to peak (I felt getting up the slide and to macomb was the bulk of the hard work for the day...until the Dix descent). Dix summit is one of the best in the Adirondacks. After Dix we went down the beckhorn trail which is one of the steepest trails I’ve ever descended. It’s comically steep. Once getting to the bottom we hit the 4.3 mile hunters pass trail back to the trailhead. The ascent up macomb and the descent were the hardest part of this hike. But each peak has an awesome view and great spots to hang out and it’s fun going to peak to peak here because you often have a view throughout the hike. An excellent hike if you’re looking for a long day, just be prepared!

backpacking
18 days ago

Hard hike with a pack. Mostly covered woods. Very hard not to get your feet wet in Marcy swamp. Panther Gorge is the spot. You are surrounded by Marcy, Skylight, and Haystack when camping. Great water with some small mountain swimming holes. Save energy for the hike out, especially if you’ve been climbing those mountains! Saw two Moose near Panther Gorge!

hiking
1 month ago

Some areas were tricky, but the views were well worth it. There were some muddy areas but nothing terrible.

hiking
1 month ago

The road in is rough. We gingerly did it in a Honda Odyssey until there was a gate we could not pass. We hiked in on the road. Expect to walk on a primitive road for most of the hike. The view over the dam is great (albeit with lots of mosquitoes). We only went 15 minutes past there because of the baby on our backs. Evidence of moose. Stories about a charging turkey.

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent views, long day!!! But worth every step and hour.

fishing
2 months ago

Camped here for 3 days and the weather can be very unpredictable. Awesome hike and it’s about 3.1 miles from the parking lot to the main pond with views.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice flat trail with several streams along the way. This is a beautiful trail for observing wildlife. The end of the trail was a bit disappointing- no real good place to stop and sit to enjoy the pond view.

hiking
9 months ago

This was amazing but hard. We did it over 2 days.

hiking
10 months ago

A nice walk through the woods. Some cool wildlife and mushrooms. The Flow itself is pretty neat!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice quick trail that takes you around Courtney Pond & through a Northway Underpass to Shingletree. Parts of the trail border wooded private property. You get to see some nice wildlife. A good trail for fisherman. You'll also hear the noise from the Northway.

backpacking
10 months ago

Parking lot fills up even on weekdays. Most actually hike the Dix range. If you like to be away from people this is the trail for you, saw a pair of people going up and saw no one coming back. Many wet spots, however lots of small creeks to filter water. This really is a great hike, not steep with lots of shade. The black flies were minimal, just in evening. Hiked Skylight, Gray and Haystack from panther gorge tent site. No one was in the lean to

Long but interesting hike. Started at Elk Lake (had to park 2 miles from trailhead as lot was full) and took the trail to Panther Gorge. Go over a few ridges including the Colvin ridge where you just drop back down to original elevation. Turned right at junction in Panther Gorge where you have about a half mile to the turn off to Haystack. Continued to the summit of Haystack along a challenging but fun trail. Rated as one of the steepest trails in the Adirondacks. The views from Haystack are absolutely spectacular. Only saw one other couple at the summit so almost had the entire rock dome to myself. Could see a crowf of people atop Marcy so glad I picked this one instead. Long hike out as a day trip but if you camped at Panther Gorge you would have a choice of some of the best peaks/hikes in the entire park. Highly recommend.

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely one of my favorite ranges in the entire ADK's! Excellent views atop all 5 summits. Some great climbing and the range traverse was quite easy. There is a decent col between Macomb and S.Dix but definitely doable.

Now the issue I had come across was that I had climbed up Dix and descended Macomb which did become a little problematic. The Macomb slide could be a bit of a bear descending as it is all loose stone (got quite a few cuts and bruises). Also I had lost the herd path heading in that direction forcing me to traverse a lot of deadfall throughout the stream- adding much more time (about 2 additional hours) than I had hoped. Completely wet and bleeding from that stream, I had finally found the herd path on the bank with only about 100 ft remaining until the actual DEC trail.

Outside my Macomb descent flub up, this is an awesome full day range and I can't wait to go back.

hiking
11 months ago

Incredibly rewarding hike. Started from elk lake overflow parking so added another ~3 miles to the distance. We decided to get the elevation out of the way early so a ~4.3 mile hike to the dix summit path and then hough, s dix, e dix and macomb before descending the rock slide on the way in. Total time was 12 hours with short stops on the peaks and a slow amble down from macomb when finished. A great adirondack hike.

EDIT: My friends and I made the exact same mistake Adam Yetter who wrote a review above me did. The All Trails app for the path covered the stream and it wasn't until I pulled out my ADK map and checked that unnoticed the herd path running adjacent. We must have missed some cairns. Don't be like us.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

A bit of a rough and rocky access road for a few miles. 4 wheel drive vehicle only. The hike in was easy, the weather nice. Got to first pond, beautiful! Got to second pond also beautiful. All of sudden, a thunderstorm kicked up and it got nasty. Luckily we were prepared with rain gear. We were not prepared for the heavy lightening and thunder. We made a bee line back to car. Sunny when we got there. Another adventure to share with friends and family.
I loved every minute!

Friday, October 28, 2016

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