Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 2015-08-17

Climber: Jillian Smith

Others in Party:hiked with 8yr old Pit Bull mix Madison
she is a champ but did need some boosts towards Dix
she was getting tired and it was hot
Date:Monday, August 17, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dix Range - Macomb, South Dix (Carson), East Dix (Grace), Hough, Dix

Elk Lake Trailhead parking lot small but worth driving up to see if there is a spot. Camped overnight at slide brook, lots of camping spots & lean-to. 45 mins from Elk Lake Trailhead to Slide Brook camp.

Macomb trailhead marked by 2 cairns, after crossing the bridge into slide brook follow path to the right, right side of the fire pit directly behind flat camp area are cairns. 6:12am start, by 7am bottom of Macomb slide, 7:26 top of slide. 7:46 summit Macomb.

8am descended into col and reach cairn marking left to Lillian Brook and right to South Dix (trail was a little overgrown, not the stream bed). Ascend open rock/slide, 8:25 summit South Dix. NOTE cairn right before South Dix summit marks path left to Hough. Go right to South Dix.

Continue straight past South Dix to head to East Dix. Depending speed/conditions/plan drop pack at South Dix and continue to East Dix (don't forget camera). Only took me 30 minutes to reach East Dix summit (dropped back halfway in col before it started ascending again). 40 minutes to descend East Dix, pick up pack and re-summit South Dix.

Bear right at cairn to go to Hough. Trail easy to follow until you reach an unofficial camp area (there is one small no camping disk in woods). Cairns to the left mark descending trail to Lillian Brook. Hough trail slightly to right through center flat camp area, small mud area takes two big steps to the left but then immediately bends right and ascends.

10:45 summit Hough, no marker, area like Macomb. 32 minutes later reach cairn on open rock lookout area. This then becomes a marked trail, yellow on the rocks over to Dix. 38 minutes over to Dix, making it 12pm.

12:45 descended via the beckhorn, so backtrack and yellow trail markers will lead you to the right and down. 2hr 12min, 4.4 total miles to descend back to Slide Brook campsite. Note: Slide Brook & Lillian brook only water sources on this route, make sure to have a full water supply when you leave Slide Brook

TOTALS: 15.9 miles, 10 hours 5 min, close to 5000ft elevation gain
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Macomb #21/46 (2015-08-17). Photo by Jillian Smith.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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