East Dix was renamed Grace Peak in commemoration of Grace Hudowalski, who was the first woman to climb the 46 High Peaks. Grace became Forty-Sixer #9 August 22, 1937 on Esther. She worked for New York state to promote tourism and devoted the rest of her time to advocate the importance of stewardship, of protecting the mountains and of maintaining trails adequately. She was a founding member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and served as the Club’s first president (1948-1951) and historian until 1995.
The Dix Range also includes Carson Peak (South Dix), Macomb Mountain, Hough Peak, and Dix Mountain. Grace Peak is one of the high points of the Dix Range. It has views in all directions and is a rewarding climb through an undisturbed Bouquet Valley.
This Adirondack High Peak is number 42 on the list.
The approach described below is the best one if just doing Grace Peak alone. While the paths are relatively plain, there are no signs or markers on this route. Refer to the other peaks for descriptions of approaches that combine other peaks. The summit is a mix of open rock and trees. A large boulder marks the true summit.
This is the most popular route and follows the Bouquet River and climbs the great slide. From the intersection of Route 86 and Route 73 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 through Keene and Keene Valley Roughly 7 miles outside of the Town of Keene Valley look for a stone bridge over the Bouquet River, park here. The trail starts on the south side of the river. After 0.5 miles, cross the river, although a trail continues on the south side of the river. The trail pulls away from the river, crosses a small brook, and then comes to the top of a high bank above a popular swimming area on the river.
Continuing on, bear left and down at an intersection to cross first the river and then a large brook. At about 2.5 miles, you come to the South Fork of the Boquet River and follow it to a large brook coming in from the right. Cross this brook and continue up the South Fork on a path that eventually crosses to the south side and then up the slide to the east summit. It is about 100 yards through the woods to the true summit.
This is roughly a 10 mile RT when doing Grace Peak alone.
Round Pond has four primitive campsites along its shores. Take the trail from the Round Pond Parking Area.
Camping between 3,500 feet and 4,000 feet is limited to designated campsites. Camping above 4,000 feet is prohibited.
Knocking off the whole Dix Range in one trek is popular, but the group must be prepared for camping out should weather not cooperate.
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Read our blog post about how The Dix Range is an important part of becoming A 46er Family.