Category Archives: Adirondacks

Dix from the Summit of Hough Peak

Hough Peak, pronounced “Huff” is a peak in the Dix Range of the Adirondack Mountains. Hough is considered a trail-less peak but it has a strong herd path leading to its summit. Having said that, Hough is not an easy peak to climb. At 4409′ Hough is one of the 46 Adirondack high peaks and is a required climb for the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. The summit once had a canister to log your climb, these were…

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Chris on the Macomb Silde

Macomb Mountain is the most southern of the Adirondack High Peaks. It is a required climb for the Adirondack Forty-Sixer membership. The summit provides wonderful views over Elk Lake and the jumble of high peaks to the north. To reach the summit, it has been thought of as a bushwhack, but since the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack 46ers have brushed out designated herd paths, it is more of an unmarked…

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Tropical Storm Fay

Tropical Storm Fay is set to reach the Catskills (and Adirondacks) by Friday into Saturday. It has the potential to bring heavy rains of up to 3-inches with high winds of 25-mph sustained lower elevations in the Catskills. Gale winds (39–54 miles/hour) on high summits. As we found out with Tropical Storm Irene track and storm totals can change. The dry conditions may benefit from the rain, but with a short period of time the…

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Trail sign in the Hunter Mountain area

As we have all been asked to be socially responsible and practice social distancing during the COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) outbreak, it is hard to do in urban areas. It seems that this will go on for some time and mandates will change as the situation changes. People have been heading for parks and playgrounds with their kids to ease the tension of being indoors. Who can blame them? We in the hiking community know all…

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Hough and Macomb in the Adirondack Dix Range

The Dix Range, peaks associated with Dix Mountain anchor the High Peaks. As one drives the Adirondack Northway from the south one can catch a glimpse of these peaks, especially the crown-like summit of Macomb. Situated south and separated from Marcy and the main jumble of high peaks Dix offers some of the best hiking, overnight or multiday backpacking and views in the Adirondacks and possibly in the Northeast. One can push and “do” the…

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Please note changes in access and rules for hiking and camping in the Adirondacks and Catskills during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please act responsibly during this stressful period. Please read the DEC info carefully. Read more here!