Dix 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 Carson Peak (South Dix), Grace Peak (formally East Dix), Hough Peak, and Macomb Mountain. Dix is the tallest mountain in the Range and you will see why when you go out for this hike. It is High Peak #6 out of 46. If hiking all mountains in the Range, see our listing for the entire Dix Range or read our blog post about The Dix Range Traverse.
There are multiple approaches to this mountain. These are the most popular when climbing Dix by itself. Dix is a very tough hike with steep terrain, exposed sections and very long distances. The views from Dix are some of the best in Northeast including views of the Green Mountains in Vermont. They say on a super clear day the White Mountains of New Hampshire can be seen off in the distance. Below are brief descriptions of the two marked trails to Dix Mountain. To visit the other peaks in the range, we highly recommend you pick up a guide book for more in depth detail or hire a local guide to assist you in your visit to the Dix Range.
This is a 13.6 mile RT when doing Dix Mountain alone. From Route 73, you will climb steeply above the road and follow a moderate course to the shore of Round Pond. After a hike around Round Pond, you will start a modest ascent to a four-way intersection. From here it's mostly flat to the Bouquet River Lean-to at 4.2 miles. From this point the climb starts to get a bit steeper to the base of the slides on the face of Dix. The slides do not access the summit. After passing along the base of the slides you will duck back into the woods and start a very steep and demanding hike along an eroded path. The steep terrain does not end until the summit is practically reached. This makes for a challenging, but rewarding, climb.
How to get there: To reach this trailhead, head south on NY 73 from Lake Placid and Keene about 1 miles past the parking area at Chapel Pond. The start is marked with a small DEC sign and there is a small parking area just north of the trailhead. Do not park on the shoulder of the road. If you park even a little off the side of the road your car could be towed while you are gone.
Hikers commonly choose to climb Dix from the south by taking the Hunter Pass Trail from Elk Lake toward Hunters Pass and then on to Dix for a 7.3 mile one way hike. Some take Hunter Pass Trail to the Beckhorn Trail for a 6.6 mile one way hike. Hunter's Pass is a longer trail but slightly less steep than the Beckhorn. After a long day on the trail, most hikers prefer to take the Beckhorn Trail, which is marked, along with Hunter's Pass.
This trail is closed during big game season.
How to get there: To get there from the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 through Keene and Keene Valley. Continue on Route 73 to I-87. Merge onto the highway and continue until Exit 29 (North Hudson). Turn left on Blue Ridge Road and continue about 4 miles toward Newcomb, where you'll see a sign for the Elk Lake Lodge. Turn right here and follow this to the end of the road.
Along the trail from the Elk Lake Parking Area to Dix Pond, look for eight primitive campsites and the Slide Brook and Lillian Brook lean-tos.
Camping between 3,500 feet and 4,000 feet is limited to designated campsites. Camping above 4,000 feet is prohibited.
Snowshoeing and winter
Snowshoeing Dix Mountain is a fine adventure as any, but comes with a few challenges. If starting from Elk Lake, hikers will need to use the lot at Clear Pond, adding an additional 4- miles RT to their hike. Deep snow, narrow paths, and wet snow on overhanging trees are all obstacles on this hike in winter. Snowshoes or skis are required when there is 12 or more inches of snow.