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Dix Traverse

05-07-2005

Submitted By Michael Virdone

The Mountains & Stats

12 miles with 3800 feet of gain
  • South Dix (4060 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • Macomb (4405 Feet, NY) globe Mountain
  • East Dix (4012 Feet, NY) globe Mountain

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Trip Report

     For my second trip to the Adirondacks we decided to go attempt the Dix Range traverse. The traverse involves climbing five mountains (four of which are trail-less). We hiked in from Elk Lake Friday night and hiked into the Slide Brook Leanto. We were lucky because it was empty. Saturday morning we got up and began the ascent of Macomb, we were surprised to find some snow lingering on the herd path on the way up (now I know better). When we got to the summit we relaxed in the sun and took some pictures.

      When we left the summit of macomb the trouble began. Instantly we lost the herd path (heading on a bearing to South Dix rather than following the Macomb ridge). Unfortunately the snow on this side of the mountain was much deeper with an icy crust on top. Every few steps the ice would let out and you would fall in up to your knees, dragging your shins through the icy layer. Eventually we made it over to South Dix (after sending Addario up a tree to scout out the route). On the summit of South Dix we found the herd path to East Dix and easily followed that to the summit of East Dix (good views to the east). We then followed the same path back to the summit of South Dix.

      At this point it was well after 3pm and the sun was starting to set. We had to decide whether to continue on an unmarked path to Hough and Dix or backtrack up Macomb. We intelligently decided to backtrack. We found the herd path for a little while on the way back up to Macomb but we soon lost it. Near the summit of Macomb we found a cool lookout and eventually found our way back to the Summit. From the summit the path down is well defined and we had no problem finding our way back to camp after dark.

The Good and The Bad

The Good:

Nice views back to elk lake from macomb
decent views from east dix

The Bad:

downclimbing in the dark
post holing for 5 miles

The Drive

completely uneventful

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