#21 Macomb Mountain

#21 Macomb Mountain - Pure Adirondacks

Macomb is one of the unmarked peaks in the Dix Wilderness, and while easy to hike by itself, it is often hiked in conjunction with the Dix peaks and Hough, particularly given that the trailhead is quite remote. The most popular route to take is up the new slide (although it is not so new anymore), which provides excellent views of the lowlands below. Given its remote location, Macomb is also a great option for avoiding the summer crowds. To read and see the inside perspective from one of our hiking trips up Macomb, South Dix, and Grace Peak, check out our post here in our ADK Perspectives.

Trail Stats:

Distance 8 miles round trip
Elevation 4,405 feet
Ascent 2,344 feet

Beginning at the trailhead at Elk Lake, you will take the Elk Lake-Dix Trail to Slide Brook, which is 2.3 miles past Elk Lake. Continue along the brook for just over 1 mile, where you will reach the base of the slide coming in at the right. You can then hike up the slide, enjoying the view along the way. Be careful, however, as the slide is full of loose rocks and dirt, making it unlike most slides in the area. At the top of the slide, you will see a path at the top of the ridge, which will take you about 0.3 miles to the summit, which has a decent view, despite being mostly wooded.


To reach the Elk Lake trailhead, you will follow Route 87 south from Keene. Turn off at exit 29, following Blue Ridge Road to the left towards Newcomb. After 4 miles, you will see Elk Lake Road turn off to the right. Follow this road just over 5 miles to parking on the right, just before the road ends at the lake ahead.

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