Macomb Mountain

Macomb is often climbed by itself, but in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak,), and Hough Peak. Macomb is one of the most exciting climbs of the Dix Range. It has nice views from the summit, but the climb up the slide is definitely a high point to the day. Macomb is approached from Elk Lake using the Slide Brook herd-path that leads to the base of the slide. The summit is mostly wooded but a rather large viewing platform offers outstanding views.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 21 on the list.

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 through Keene and Keene Valley and get on I-87 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 its end.

This is roughly a 8 mile RT when doing Macomb alone. You will start along the trail to Dix Mountain and follow a very well used trail to the Slide Brook campsites and lean-to. After crossing Slide Brook, go right and up through a campsite to access the very plain herd-path that proceeds high above the brook through a peaceful forest before descending slightly to the base of the slide. The slide is mostly rubble, scree and loose sand, not at all like most slides in the region. The slide is very steep making for even harder footing, especially on the descent. The upper portion of the slide is a bit tough to exit but once you do you will be back in the trees for a bit further to the summit.

8 miles, RT, long day and a challenging climb, Elevation: 4405'Ascent: 2344'

 

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