Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 2013-09-28

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos
Date:Saturday, September 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

33rd ADK Peak! We left our house at 3:45 am with a goal to hike the remaining Dix Range. During the previous weekend we had hiked Dix Mountain. In previous hikes we had arrived at the trail head in the daylight, so arriving in the dark felt a little strange. We arrived at Elk Lake to take last "legal" parking space. Upon our return later in the day we found many others had been creative in finding a parking spot. By 6:45 am we were signed in at the trail register and began our hike under head lamp. We had hiked this route during the previous weekend and the terrain felt comfortable and familiar. Within an hour we were able to turn off our head lamps. The early morning hour seemed to provide us with a small energy boost and our pace was quicker than it usually is when we begin a hike. When we reached the Slide Brook lean-to, it was apparent that we had missed the cairn for the trail junction. I had seen the cairn during our initial passing though, mentioned the possible trail junction, but my husband was convinced that the junction had two cairns. We later realized his memory was based on the two cairn junction which indicated the Lillian Brook heard path. Within 15 minutes or so we had corrected our error and began up the trail to Macomb. Many groups and individuals had been camping out the night before and were just beginning to get ready for their day. The heard path was well maintained with little mud. About a mile after turning on the trail for Macomb we approached the slide. Looking straight up the slide felt slightly overwhelming appearing very rocky and steep but once we began I found it was actually a quick and fun climb. As the slide is loose rocks and sand, it was a different climbing experience from the other peaks. While on the slide we took some time to take in the beautiful views of Elk Lake and the surrounding area. The sun had risen but fog surrounded the lake, providing for an awesome view that changed every few minutes. The summit is about 0.3 miles from the slide, so not long after we climbed the slide we found ourselves taking in the beauty of the summit and the fall foliage. The summit is mostly wooded however an area is exposed which provided for some great views. When we reached the summit two other hikers that were "hiking for those that had fallen" and requested we take their picture with their banner indicating their mission. Soon after we summited a group of two other hikers joined us, quickly followed by a group of 8. After about 15 minutes on the summit we headed over to South Dix.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Warm, Sunny Fall Day, Slight Haze
Ascent Part of Trip: Dix Range

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Macomb Mountain2013-09-28 
2South Dix2013-09-28 
3Grace Mountain2013-09-28 
4Hough Peak2013-09-28 

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