Dix Mountain Wilderness Area

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The Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, an Adirondack Park unit of New York's Forest Preserve, is located in the towns of Elizabethtown, Keene and North Hudson, Essex County. It is roughly bounded on the north by NY&nbsp;73, on the east by the Adirondack Northway (Interstate&nbsp;87), on the south by Blue Ridge Road and on the west by Elk Lake Club and Ausable Club lands.


The terrain is rough, rocky and mountainous, with several of the mountain tops exceeding . The area contains 12&nbsp;small ponds with a total surface area of about . Vertical cliffs of considerable height are common, particularly in the northern and eastern parts.

Some of the mountains, such as Dix, South Dix and Macomb, have had small landslides in recent years which occur mostly on the near vertical north slopes. This has left a series of prominent, bare rock scars on the upper slopes.

There are four trailless peaks in the area — South Dix, East Dix, Hough and McComb — that are over 4,000&nbsp;feet in elevation. Many approach these mountains from a popular, unmaintained trail off NY&nbsp;73 which provides access to a slide scramble up East Dix. From there, all the major peaks are connected by herd paths.


Some of the most severe and extensive forest fires of the Adirondacks occurred in...
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