Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 2013-10-12

Climber: Trevor Kent

Date:Saturday, October 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

"The historic effort to honor Grace L. Hudowalski by re-naming East Dix "Grace Peak" achieved its summit on (June 12th of 2013)."

I started from the Elk Lake Lodge and did the Dix range as a day trip going counter clockwise (summating Macomb first). I found it to be much easier then I was lead on to believe, but it was not a easy day. Originally this was supposed to be a 5 person group but a friend of mine twisted his ankle the previous day so he and his girlfriend opted out the night before; so it was just myself and two others from the Plattsburgh State Outing Club.

On our way to Macomb, we walked pasted the path to make sure we where at the Slide Brook lean-to and then doubled back to take the herd path up to the summit. Right before the slide there is a sharp turn in the path by a stream; talking to another group of hikers that did Macomb for sunrise, they said they went straight there in the dark so be careful if you plan on doing this peak for sunrise. The Slide was a lot of fun to go up but the rocks are loose so if there is a group of you go side by side or stagger yourselves (don't be right behind someone). The whole way up had beautiful views of the surrounding area and Elk Lake.

At the summit we took a 33 minute break because we ended up talking to two hikers that came up about 10 minutes behind us, Tracy, Wes and a dog nicknamed "B." We swapped camera to take photos for each other at the sign and with the (limited bur beautiful) view before heading towards South Dix. Swapping cameras became the norm for the day as we essentially summated before them each time.

On the descent of Macomb when heading to South Dix (and you plan on summating) when the trail splits take a right.

Left Elk Lake trailhead 7:15 am
Summated Macomb: 9:27 am
Left the summit of Macomb: 9:50 am
Summated South Dix: 10:20 am
Left the summit of South Dix: 10:40 am
Summated East Dix: 11:15 am
Left the summit of East Dix: 11:30 am
Re-summated South Dix: 12:05 pm
Summated Hough ("Huff"): 12:51 pm
Left the summit of Hough: 1:20 pm
Summated Dix: 2:23 pm
Left the summit of Dix (via Hunter's Pass): 3:01 pm
Returned to the trailhead of Elk Lake: 6:15pm

Other hikers: Johanna Guilfoyle and Trina Strahl

8.5 hours of hiking.
Total Mileage: 16.5 mi
Total Time: 11 hours
Total Ascent: ~5000 ft
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Loss:590 ft / 179 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Average October chill but perfectly sunny and warm!
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Elk Lake TH  
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:590 ft / 179 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    End Trailhead:Fork between S. Dix and Macomb  3780 ft / 1152 m
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 30 Minutes

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