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We didn't complete this loop, but bagged Macomb, Carson (South Dix), and Grace Peak (East Dix) in a 12.5-mile semi loop. (See https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/by-the-grace-of-dix) We hiked in from the Elk Lake trailhead on the Hunters Pass Trail to the Slide Brook Lean-to cutoff where we hiked along the Slide Brook path to the base of the slide up the west flank of Macomb. This was an exciting but not-too-difficult Class 2 scramble with some loose rocks and scree. Route finding at the top of the slide could be tricky, but the path to the left is well worn. From the summit of Macomb, we descended to the col between Macomb and South Dix (Carson) and continued up the rocky face of Carson, then out to Grace with its impressive summit block and views to the east and south. Returned to the col and then descended on a somewhat improvised path paralleling and crossing Lillian Brook before meeting the main part of the Lillian Brook trail and eventually joining the Hunter's Pass trail to return to the trailhead.

Parking at the Elk Lake trailhead is iffy and it was completely full at 8:30 Sunday morning, so I used a bicycle shuttle to eliminate the 2 mile hike from the snowplow turnaround near Clear Pond.

hiking
7 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
11 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.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a level, easy-to-follow trail that was a great introduction to hiking for our 4 year old. There are two campsites at the end of the trail near Hammond Pond. A creek runs along the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

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

fishing
1 month 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

We started out at the camp ground. There really is no direction, and Clap isn't even listed on the trail head. We opened the sign in register to look for a map, inside the the register was ripped to shreds and turned into a mice nest. They started jumping out of the top of the box! We closed the register and started on our way. There ARE trail markers for the trails listed. Like I said, nothing about Clap. We walked about a mile and turned around and saw a small faint trail and followed that. It DID bring us to Clap Mtn. Cliffs. That is a nice place to take a seat and have a drink. We checked that out for a few, then looked for ANY trace of a trail we could find to continue on, and there was NOTHING. We went a ways into the woods to try to make our way to summit. Definitely need to clear a path for yourself! We ended up turning back and leaving when we heard gun shots a couple times. Pretty place, and a decent little adventure, but I don't think we will go back.

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
10 months ago

Trail starts at Sharp Bridge Campground. Cross one footbridge and take the trail on the left. It leads you to the Sharp Bridge Cliffs (part of Clap mountain). The cliffs are a very nice place to relax. To summit Clap mountain you have to bushwhack. You can see the Summit from the Sharp Bridge cliffs by turning and looking to your left. Work your way through the pines and birches. The ascent to the Summit is pretty easy.

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
11 months ago

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!

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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Easy flat

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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
Monday, October 17, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

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!

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

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

camping
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!!!!!

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