Hough can be climbed by itself but rarely is, in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak), East Dix (Grace Peak) Dix Mountain, and Macomb Mountain. Hough isn’t the big boy of the range but it does offer some unique and mind blowing views of the area. Hough is possibly the most memorable of the 5-Dix Peaks. The climb you will find for Hough is one of the tougher in the range with tight herd-path conditions and rock scrambling to boot.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 23 on the list.
While Hough can be climbed from many directions, below is the description for climbing this unique peak by itself.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Rte 86 and Rte 73 in Lake Placid follow Rte 73 through Keene and Keene Valley and get on I87 heading south. Get off Exit 29 and follow the Blue Ridge Road to the left toward Newcomb. Continue for 4-miles to Elk Lake Road on the right. Follow this road to the hiker parking, near it end. This is a 12.5-mile RT when doing Hough by itself, using the Lillian Brook Herd-path. You will start by following a well-used trail to Dix past Slide Brook Lean-to to a cairn marking the start of the herd-path just over one mile past the lean-to. (If you come to Lillian Brook Lean-to, you've missed the turn.) The herd-path starts at the cairn and quickly becomes wet as it approaches drainage. The climb is very steep and eroded and the footing is a bit askew, especially on the descent. The herd-path will exit you in the col between Hough and South Dix; you will need to continue your hike to the north along the ridge to the summit of Hough. This final bit is much easier than the Lillian Brook Herd-path but still rather steep, with a bit of scrambling.
12.5 mile RT, a long day, Elevation: 4400' Ascent: 3200'