Ascent of Dix Mountain on 2017-10-27

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dix Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up from the trail head on route 73. Made good time passing the leanto at 2 hours in. The rest took 2.5 hours to get to the summit. A word about the slab. I got a little confused here for a few minutes. There are some cairns that bring you to the base of the slab from the trail up through a stream for about 100 ft. Then if you look closely at the slab, you’ll notice some yellow paint blazes. Only stay on the slab for a few hundred feet. Some cairns are placed on the right side of the slab to indicate the exit from the slab back onto the trail... on the right. Then continue uphill on trail. It’s very steep and loose in many areas and in general, poor shape. The last bit from he upper junction to the summit was good and took me 30min. There was verglas ice on this part and I put on micro spikes. The sun had begun to warm it but was still treacherous. The top was melted out and made for easy walking from the summit area over to the Beckhorn. I contemplated hiking the rest of the peaks but was wet from the waist down from all the melting snow/slush on the crumholtz and decided I didn’t want to epic on the slide descent of Grace then to get lost in an unknown bushwhack. It would have made for a looong loop that I would have considered more if it were summer. So I descended back the way I came and arrived back at the van 9 hours after starting. Good hike. Great views from the top but not many views from the trail. Easier than I expected.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Dix

Complete Trip Sequence:
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