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Old 11-04-2012, 12:22 AM   #1
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Spotted Mountain Dix Mountain Wilderness - 11/3/12

I've been getting in some bushwhack hikes before the snow comes and makes it difficult to be off trail. Today I headed back to the Dix Mountain Wilderness to tackle Spotted Mountain from Route 73.

My wife and I hiked in from the south branch Boquet River then bushwhacked up to the beginning of the spine, then followed the spine to the summit.

On the way out we went to the north fork of the Boquet and followed that back to Route 73, then walked the road a mile back to the car.

No snow or ice on Spotted, but you could see frost and some snow in the Dix Range, Giant and RPR.

Total hike was 9.2 miles and 2600 vertical. Not a bad day in the forest.

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Path

Path is at far left of pull out and stays high and away from river for first 1/2 of way to the hemlock knoll / camp / split in river.
Really nice loop is to continue on to E .Dix then BW to Wyman and follow out long ridge NE back to hemlock knoll. From E head for west arm of Wyman, all open rock till 100 yards from closed in summit. The NE ridge is in and out of open rock slab with fantastic views of spotted ridge. If time permits at the end of NE ridge after you cross linsey brook there are three small open rock mts. I call these the three gems.

The three gems from west to east. The first has about 10 open rock ledges creating a giant staircase to the 100 % open rock summit with reindeer moss and stunted blueberry bushes. The middle summit is a gentle rounded dome with semi open / meadow summit. the third has huge black cliffs on its west face and some open rock on summit. Many more small open rock summits on both sides of S. fork. Noble and Holcomb on far side of Boquet also have lots of open rock and killer views.
Enjoy for many years. Instead of redlinning trails I like to climb every small knob in an area.
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Beautiful hike Mike! Re all those little open knobs, cliffs and ledges: What mastergrasshopper said! The South Fork herd path is a wonderful trail.
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Instead of redlinning trails I like to climb every small knob in an area.
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I thinks that's what I'll be doing in this area. Great fun.
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Beautiful hike Mike! Re all those little open knobs, cliffs and ledges: What mastergrasshopper said! The South Fork herd path is a wonderful trail.
I'll check out the South Fork HP next time. I started along the river, so I didn't see it until near the end.
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I'll check out the South Fork HP next time. I started along the river, so I didn't see it until near the end.
I also did that the first time but got to use it that day on the return and a few times since.
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I thinks that's what I'll be doing in this area. Great fun.
And then when your done there just head further south within the Dix Wilderness. A veritable cornucopia of open rock and open woods to enjoy. From Marsh Pond Peak South Dix Nippletop looks just like Marcy.

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And then when your done there just head further south within the Dix Wilderness. A veritable cornucopia of open rock and open woods to enjoy. From Marsh Pond Peak South Dix Nippletop looks just like Marcy.

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I'm guessing you access that area via Route 9, perhaps following the brook towards Big Marsh Pond? Is there an I87 underpass there?

One of the things I was doing yesterday was looking at the Route 9 access to Walker Brook to get to the Camel's and Niagara etc.
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I'm guessing you access that area via Route 9, perhaps following the brook towards Big Marsh Pond? Is there an I87 underpass there?

One of the things I was doing yesterday was looking at the Route 9 access to Walker Brook to get to the Camel's and Niagara etc.
West Mill Brook is also good for the Camels—in fact, if you are doing them separately from Niagara and Nippletop, it is the best way because there is much open rock on the ridge approaches from that direction. If you plan on making a four-summit circuit, however, then Walker would be the better choice.
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access Big Marsh

2 ways
From 9n involves getting accross Schroon river and under 87. The way under is the outlet of Big Marsh.
The other way is to park just up from Palmer pond ( small pull out on left with state sign ) there is a corner of state land accross the road and up the embankment. There is 1 tree with state sign. There will be yellow blazes marking private land fanning out to right and left. I side hilled around small knob and headed NE to small open water on marsh pond drainage. I crossed inlet to drainage and then you can stay on right side North side all the way to marsh pond or you can climb ridge / small summits up to the north.
To exit I followed marsh pond drainage to 87 and walked the 1 mile back to palmer pond / blue ridge road. There is also state land signs right along that exit ramp.
GREAT AREA
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Rock on, Telemark Mike!
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Nice blog as always, Mike! There is just so much more to explore than time allows!
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