Grouped among and usually summited alongside the other mountains in the Dix range (Macomb, Dix, Hough, and East Dix), South Dix is beautiful in its own right, despite the fact that it is seldom if ever the only peak summited in a day’s hike. South Dix is actually in the process of being renamed to Carson Peak, in commemoration of Russell Carson, a former President of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
|Distance||~17 miles round-trip (including Macomb)|
As South Dix is predominantly reached via Macomb, please check out our description of Macomb (link) for a description of the first section of the hike. Then, from Macomb you will continue along the ridge towards South Dix, follow it down into a col, then back up towards South Dix’s summit, scrambling over expansive boulders out in the open the rest of the way to the top. With a mostly treed in summit, the views from the summit are nothing to write home about, so it is best to pause and take in the views from the south shoulder of the peak as you’re approaching from Macomb.
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.