Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available. read more

South Dix (Carson Peak)

  • 1196 State Route 73
    Keene Valley


Wooded Sites, Waterfront Sites, Tent Sites

Hike Features



South Dix is in the process of being renamed Carson Peak, in commemoration of Russell M.L. Carson, a charter member and past president of the Adirondack Mountain Club. He is the author of "Peaks and People of the Adirondacks", the first authoritative history of Adirondack mountains, their naming, and their climbing history.

This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 37 on the list.

Because Carson Peak is the peak that lays smack dab in the middle of the range there are many approaches to the summit. See the descriptions for Dix Mountain, Grace Peak (formerly East Dix,) Macomb, or Hough.

Herd paths lead along the ridges connecting these peaks to South Dix. The shortest approach is via Macomb.

Carson Peak has a wooded summit with limited views, but excellent views can be had from the south shoulder, which is on the route from Macomb. Keep in mind that Carson Peak can only be climbed with other mountains in the Dix Range.

This is a 17+ mile RT which is also. challenging






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.

Find out more

Read our blog post about how The Dix Range is an important part of becoming A 46er Family.