Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2019-06-22

Climber: Lori S

Others in Party:Alan Woodin
Date:Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dix Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

Main parking area at Elk Lake was full at 6:30 am, so added an extra 4+ mile to this 13 miles hike. Took Hunters Pass up. A lot of mud and water the entire way. Some mud as deep as 6 inches, maybe more. One bridge is orange taped and unsafe. Easy to go across the little stream. Camping areas looked full. Lillian Brook bridge looks new and so excellent. One stream crossing on Hunters Pass. Went about 20 yards up from the trail for the easiest spot. Trail is full of rocks and some steep areas, so it's constant vigilance. Found two survey markers on rocks. One area has a huge rock face with significant damage. I read later that it is due to Hurricane Irene. Some awesome views of other high peaks a different spots along the way. A nice little waterfall. Reached the summit area and wow....the views are amazing. Geodetic summit marker found plus an old survey marker a hundred feet away (maybe less) surrounded by Colvin bolts). Tricky turn to go down Beckhorn Trail (follow the yellow blazes). If you don't turn, you'll go to Macomb. A nice man was fortunately there to clue us in.

Then holy vertical rock face to skim along and a maybe 6 foot drop to endure. Had to lift our medium sized dog companion down. Scariest part ever (for me at least). Then a long descent over rocks, water, mud and out to the parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Part of Trip: Dix Beckhorn

Complete Trip Sequence:
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