Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2017-06-14

Climber: Phil Barone

Others in Party:Patrick Davitt
Date:Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dix Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

Luckily it was a very short descent from Beck-Horn and ascent up Dix where we were rewarded with a sprawling 360 degree view. It also felt great to be back on a maintained trail. From Hough to Dix the trail had narrowed significantly and we were constantly pushing through tree branches. We stopped on the summit of Dix for 20 minutes, had a snack and congratulated each other on a day well-done. The view was amazing, Giant and Rocky Ridge off to one side and the Great Range on the other with Mt Marcy looming in the background. After our break we decided to continue along the summit of Dix and head down to Hunters Pass. We originally planned on making it to the Lillian Brook Lean-To but due to our late start we were running out of daylight. The descent down to Hunters Pass was quite steep. With about 45 minutes to sunset we came across a campsite and choose to utilize it. We set up camp, filled up our water at the nearby stream and gathered wood for a fire before loosing the sunlight. Then we had dinner and enjoyed the campfire until around 10:30 pm. We woke the next morning around 7:30 am, made some coffee, filled up on some more water and broke camp in about an hour. From there we were moving a little slow due to the rolling elevation change until shortly before the Slide Brook Lean-To where the grade leveled out. We picked up to 3.5-4.0 mph from that point to the parking lot. The mosquitoes were out in force in the parking lot so we got changed real quick and got out of there. On the way home we stopped at the Adirondack Buffalo Co. Great shop full of game meats, home made pies, jams, jellies and pickled products. An excellent end to a great trip.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:6.7 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Yellow Trail
    Start Trailhead:Elk Lake  
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Blue Trail to Hunters Pass to Trailhead
    End Trailhead:Elk Lake  
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Dix Range

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Macomb Mountain2017-06-14 
2South Dix2017-06-14 
3Grace Mountain2017-06-14 
4Hough Peak2017-06-14 
6Dix Mountain2017-06-14 

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