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The twenty first highest peak in the Adirondacks, Macomb Mountain is the furthest south of the major peaks. It is marked as the first of the Macomb, South and East Dix ridge walk. It is relatively isolated in comparison to the other peaks. The views it provides are very similar to the views from East and South Dix. It provides a good view of the Great Range, and a few lesser peaks.
While Macomb is commonly climbed by itself, it is also frequently combined with the some, or all of the Dix Range. Macomb is one of the more exciting climbs on the Dix Range. While the views from the summit are quite nice, the climb is what is especially memorable.
The most common route of approach is from Elk Lake via the Slide Brook herd path. The summit is mostly wooded, but there is a large viewing platform that provides breathtaking views.
The trailhead can be reached by taking Rte 73 toward Keene and Keene Valley. Continue onto I-87 South. Take Exit 29 and follow Blue Ridge Rd toward Newcomb. Continue for 4 miles to Elk Lake Rd on the right. Continue along this road to the hiker parking lot.
The primary trail is 8 miles round trip, if you Macomb on its own. Follow along the well traveled trail toward Dix Mountain. Take a right after crossing Slide Brook. This will take you through the Slide Brook campsite, and you will come to a herd path, which climbs above the brook through the forest. You will descend to the base of the slide, which is mostly rubble and loose sand. The slide is very steep and makes for difficult footing, especially on the trip down the mountain. The upper portion of the slide can be especially difficult to maneuver, but the path soon returns to wind through the trees until you reach the summit.
See the view from Redfield at 4:28
Located almost directly in the center on the Adirondack Park, Redfeild Mountain is the fiftieth highest peak in the Adirondacks. Though the peak is wooded, it has a very large and dramatic summit which provides astounding views.
Because it is in the middle of the park there are several different routes of approach. However, the most traveled route beings at Uphill Lean-to and follows along Uphill Brook to a large waterfall. There are several waterfalls and watercrossings along the route, making for some very pleasant scenery.
To reach this route, follow Rte 73 toward Keene and continue toward Adirondack Loj Rd, located on the right. Follow this road until it heads at Heart Lake and park in the main parking lot. There will be a parking fee.
The hike from here is approximately 9 miles to the summit. Follow the hikers approach trail to the High Peaks, which leads toward Marcy Dam. From Marcy Dam, follow the trail to Avalanche Pass. The climb begins once you’ve passed Avalanche Camps. Take the left trail toward Lake Arnold. The climb will be quite steep up the shoulder of Mount Colden, as you approach Lake Arnold. Stay left at Lake Arnold and continue to climb to the top of the pass. Here you will descend into a valley, which can be quite wet at times. You will pass by Feldspar Lean-to and then come to a T-intersection. The left trail leads to Four Corners, and south leads to Mount Marcy. Take the path to the right, to Uphill.
The climb from here will be moderate, and can be quite wet up to the Uphill Lean-to. Follow the herd path, which is marked by a cairn, directly across from the lean-to. This is the beginning of the Cliff Route. The Redfield Route continues staight, after the Cliff Rte turn off. You will walk along a very pretty brook, and will come to several water crossings and waterfalls along this path. Make sure to turn around and enjoy views along the path! The summit of Redfield is a large boulder, which offers some very beautiful views.
While Redfield is one of the more challenging hikes, if only because of its grueling distance, the view is well worth the hike.