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Difficulty Hard
Distance 25 KM
Elevation gain 1,480 M

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Dix Mountain is the sixth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, and is located roughly on the boundary between the towns of North Hudson and Keene in Essex County, New York. The peak was named in 1837 after John Dix (1798–1879), who was the Secretary of State of New York at the time, and later became the state's governor. While it stands somewhat south of the main High Peaks region (and in fact is at the center of its own Dix Mountain Wilderness Area) and is more difficult to reach and steep and challenging to climb, the mountain enjoys great popularity with serious hikers not only due to its status as a required peak for Adirondack Forty-Sixers but for open views of the region from its summit, almost as good as those to be found at nearby Mount Marcy with far less crowds. Dix is also the gateway to four other High Peaks in the Dix Range, all of them, unlike Dix itself, officially trailless: Hough, Macomb, South Dix and Grace Peak. One of the most difficult Adirondack peakbagging challenges is to do all five in the same day; while many have, most hikers prefer to break the trips up into separate assaults on Dix and/or one of the others. The mountain was reportedly first climbed by a man named Rykert in the course of surveying the town line. Hikers commonly choose to climb Dix from the south by taking the Elk Lake Trail from the similarly named lake toward Hunters Pass, where a spur leads up to Dix. Less frequently, a lengthy northern ascent can start from the Ausable Club in St. Huberts.


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Rating and comments

Wayne Karim
Wayne Karim
Would not be a great first hike for beginners but would be a great one for more intermediate hikers. Overall this hike would be a 6/10 on a difficulty rating. The rocky part can be slippery and that makes it difficult. And it is not a short hike and will take several hours to reach the top. But if you come prepared and know what you're doing it is a real great hike!
William Patten
William Patten
Great hike
Hellen Moir
Hellen Moir
From the Round Pond trailhead, this was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. We camped close to the bottom of the mountain after the river crossing so we weren’t rushed and our legs were happy to not have another 4 miles out after Dix and Buckhorn. Beautiful views even on a rainy day. With the rain, the trails turned to creeks but it we expected it so it was fine. Not super crowded on a holiday weekend.
Anna Maier
Anna Maier
Went up via Hunters Pass and came down via the Beckhorn. I would NEVER recommend the Hunters Pass ascent. It was awful. The Beckhorn trail is MUCH better/ nicer!
Anna Maier
Anna Maier
Bring a ton of water and water filter, especially if doing multiple peaks.



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