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Dix Mountain is the sixth highest peak in New York State at 4857 feet and is located roughly on the boundary between the towns of North Hudson and Keene in Essex County, New York.
Dix Mountain stands somewhat southeast of the main High Peaks region and is more difficult to reach. The trails to the summit are steep and challenging to climb. Dix Mountain is popular with serious hikers not only due to its status as a required peak for Adirondack Forty-Sixers, but for open spectacular views of the region from its summit. The views are almost as good as those to be found at nearby Mount Mercy with far less crowds.
Dix is also the gateway to four other High Peaks in the Dix Range, all of them, unlike Dix itself, are officially trail less: Hough, Macomb, South Dix and East Dix. One of the most difficult Adirondack peak bagging challenges is to do all five in the same day; while many have, most hikers prefer to break the trips up into separate assaults on Dix and/or one of the others.
Dix Mountain via Dix Trail is a 13.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Keene Valley, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash!