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Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2018-09-27

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Thursday, September 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dix Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'm somewhat new to hiking in the ADKs but they never seem to disappoint in their difficulty. Started at the Round Pond Trailhead. First 4-5 miles were a breeze and then everything changed. It was wet after a couple of days of rain and there were several brook and larger stream crossings. I reached the N Branch of the Bouquet River and there was a somewhat challenging crossing - I managed to rock hop but the party after me elected to ford. I saw later in the trail register that another hiker decided to call it a day at this point. After a bit the trail disappeared into another large stream and brush. After some reconnoitering I followed some cairns and yes they were the trail and emerged at the bottom of a large slide on the east side of the mountain. There was a tremendous amount of water coming down the slide . It thought it would be more treacherous than it was but I readily followed the mix of markers and reentered the woods for a long climb up a rocky, wet, gravel gully which is the trail. Finally , I emerged above treeline and made my way in the fog to the summit, Beckhorn and then Mt Hough. The hike to Hough was pretty easy, relatively speaking but it added elevation, time and mileage. Altogether a 10 hour hike, 17.6 miles and 5,500 elevation gain.

That's a lot for me! Fortunately I still had some daylight remaining for most of the ride back to Vermont.
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