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Old 09-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Elk Lake to Dix info

Been thinking about going into Elk Lake and hiking Macomb, South Dix, East Dix, Hough and Dix. Maybe hiking Dix one day and the other 4 the following day. The books are a little vague about mileage on the trailless peaks. Wondering how many miles this is and is there a trail from East Dix to Hough or do we have to back-track to South Dix. Like to do a loop if possible. Would like to stay 3 days, how many campsites/Lean to's are there? Any other info & hikes from that area would be appreciated.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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There are 2 lean-to's and several campsites along the approach to Dix from Elk Lake. First lean-to is approximately 2 miles in, with campsites in close proximity. Second lean-to is about 4 miles in, also with campsites in close proximity.

Typical and easiest route includes an out and back from South Dix to East Dix. A loop I guess is possible but would involve lengthy cross country travel and would definitely extend your trip.

The area east of East Dix is pretty nice to explore. Several smaller, exposed peaks with good views. The Boquet valley is good to explore as well.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:03 AM   #3
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A loop is doable, depending on how much you want to take on. We did all five as a day hike by ascending via the Beckhorn to Dix, then over to Hough, south and east, then down the Macomb slide. If you're camping, you could do a loop of the latter three--ascend via slide, get South and East, then descend via Lillian Brook. Then pair up Dix and Hough for day two. Have fun.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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I hiked all five as a day hike this summer. Started with the Macomb slide, South Dix, East Dix, back to South Dix, Hough, Dix, down the Beckhorn. I think it was about 14 miles.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #5
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Thanks for all your suggestions, gives me an insight to some different options.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:47 AM   #6
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Make sure you check when the Elk Lake trails close for hunting season.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:41 PM   #7
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Just finished the five peak loop this past weekend.

Rainy, trail conditions were not ideal, and we did it backwards, which I think might be better IMHO.

Stayed at the Lillian Brook lean-to, went up Hunter's Pass to summit Dix, over to Hough, then to South Dix, Then to East Dix and back, South Dix to Macomb.
Macomb down the longer trail to the slide. Slide to the Slide Brook lean-to, then finally back to the Lillian Brook lean-to.

Great way to spend my 55th birthday!

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Old 10-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #8
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... and we did it backwards, ... sunnit Dix, over to Hough, then to South Dix, Then to East Dix and back, South Dix to Macomb.
Doesn't sound to me like you did it backwards.

That's clearly the best way to do it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:15 PM   #9
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Make sure you check when the Elk Lake trails close for hunting season.
Myself and 3 friends are thinking about that same route for early November. How do we find out as to when the trails are closed due to hunting season ? Thank you !
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Myself and 3 friends are thinking about that same route for early November. How do we find out as to when the trails are closed due to hunting season ? Thank you !
They'll be closed by then. They close during the rifle season, which begins October 20.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #11
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Elk Lake Club responded to my email. Official closure this year is 10/15, the Monday before the start of Rifle Season. I suggested that they post this on their website, to cut down on the annual confusion, but they have not - the website appears to be a "fixed piece"; I don't think they have a webmaster.
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