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Backpacker Magazine – August 2009

Rip & Go: Five Mountain Loop - Adirondack High Peaks, NY

Trek to the trail-free summits of Macomb, Hough, and The Dixes

by: Berne Broudy, Illustrations by Supercorn

East Dix Slide (Nancie Battaglia)
East Dix Slide (Nancie Battaglia)

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On The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunch 1
Peanut butter and banana on a pita
Dinner 1

Great Slide Salmon Pasta
Breakfast 2

Cranberry Lake Tabbouleh
Lunch 2
New York sharp cheddar and summer sausage on a pita
Snacks
Fig Newtons, almonds

Great Slide Salmon Pasta
An easy, Asian-inspired, one-pot meal 8 ounces rotini
3 ounces pink salmon
1 small carrot
1/4 cup olive oil
1 small cucumber, peeled
1 ounce soy sauce (or 4 packets)
1 teaspoon pepper

Boil four cups water. Sliver carrot and chop salmon, cucumber, and pepper. Add pasta to water. A minute before it's done, add carrot. Drain, add rest of ingredients (soy sauce and pepper to taste), toss, and eat.

Cranberry Lake Tabbouleh
A fruity breakfast
5 ounces tabbouleh
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients in pot with one cup water. Cover and boil. Remove from stove. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve.

The Grocery List (Aisle #) In nearest store below
3-oz. jar honey (1)
8-oz. jar peanut butter (1)
1 pack pitas (2)
1 pack Fig Newtons (2)
8 oz. dried cranberries (3)
8 oz. rotini (3)
1 box tabbouleh (3)
3-oz. salmon pouch (back shelves)
8 oz. New York cheddar (dairy)
8 oz. summer sausage (meat case)
8 oz. almonds (produce)
2 bananas (produce)
1 carrot (produce)
1 cucumber (produce)

Pack: salt, pepper, soy sauce, olive oil

NEAREST GROCERY STORE
Valley Grocery Store
1815 NY 73, Keene Valley, NY;
(518) 576-4477

PIT STOP
Noonmark Diner Get a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie at the counter; then pore over the menu. We like the Hector (ham, egg, and cheese on homemade bread) with a short stack on the side. 1770 NY 73, Keene Valley, NY; (518) 576-4477, noonmarkdiner.com (570) 476-0132




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Erik Johnson
Dec 21, 2013

I did this loop this past July on a rainy and windy day and it is was still one of my favorite hikes out of all the high peaks. We started going up the scramble to Macomb, which was some of the most fun hiking I have done. From everything I have read we missed some spectacular views, but if I had the chance I would do this loop again with or without them.

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tirelli
Oct 22, 2010

how is it for winter hiking? do we need ropes to lower packs or scramble.

Anonymous
Oct 04, 2010

Campfires are allowed in the Dix Wilderness region in the Adirondacks. They are not allowed; however, in the Eastern High Peaks Region of the park which is where majority of the 46ers are located.

mike
Sep 11, 2010

I remembered that campfire was not allowed? is this still true?

Brock Landers
Sep 10, 2010

Regarding the Mt Marcy loop hike starting at the Garden that proceeds over Saddleback & Basin Mts.I did this last year from the Slant Rock lean to w/o a heavy pack and found the last 200 feet of both MTS quite technical.Saddleback is the most technical of all peaks in the High Peaks region acording to locals.To do this with a heavy pack from the direction of the Garden would be very difficult as you would have to lower yourself to footholds you cant see.Best to to these Mtns from the direction of Slant Rock as a day pack hike!! The trail guides agree with me!!

Derek Mitchell
Jul 16, 2010

Noonmark Diner is the best!

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