|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Go high in these dense clusters of mountains to hit several summits on a single hike.
The Great Range Traverse tends to capture the attention of hikers looking for multi-summit day trips. Let them go. This less-known 16.5-miler touches the tops of five 46ers (peaks taller than 4,000 feet). From the Elk Lake trailhead, head counterclockwise. “That way, you’ll cover the rocky, steep 600-foot scramble up 4,390-foot Macomb Mountain while your legs are fresh,” says Ben Thompson. The trees thin out along the ridges, revealing vistas over the Adirondacks’ pointed and lake-filled topography. Continue on well-defined user paths linking South Dix, East Dix, Hough (via South Dix), and finally Dix, the day’s tallest at 4,839 feet.
Trailhead 44.023619, -73.829026*; 110 miles north of Albany on Elk Lake Rd. INFO (518) 891-0235; Website