I took advantage of some seasonal nice weather and a Friday off from work to do another bushwhack hike. This one was in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Park. For this hike I began at the West Mill Brook trailhead on Route 9, 5.4 miles north of the Blue Ridge Road. I didn't have a high clearance vehicle, so I walked the mile and a quarter to the gate before following the old jeep road along the West Mill Brook.
For the first hour I followed the old jeep road three miles until it faded away. At that point I headed SW towards Camel's Hump Mountain. Within a hour hour I was up on the northern most open rock of the ridge and it's quite a nice spot with good views. From there I continued SW going in and out of the thick spruce and over a false summit before reaching the true summit and hour later.
|Standing On the northern most open rock and heading SW to Camel's Hump|
Camel's Hump has a good view of McComb, South Dix, East Dix and Wyman mountains. There is also a great view of the wide Niagara Brook valley.
|Summit of Camel's Hump - Nippletop and Niagara in the Background|
I had considered continuing SW to Niagara Mountain. It was 10:30 when I was on Camel's Hump and I still had 3 more unfamiliar mountains to traverse, so I decided to leave Niagara for another trip when I can perhaps combine it with a hike of Nippletop.
|Looking SE from Camel's Hump towards Camel|
I headed SE down off of Camel's Hump towards Camel Mountain. The spruce continued to get thicker and my progress slowed. Even though the 2 mountains are less than a half mile apart, it took me 40 minutes to go from one to the other. Camel has a couple open spots with views, but the trees are generally thick.
|South Dix, East Dix and Wyman from Camel|
I headed NE down of of Camel and it was tough going until I got out of the spruce. I made my way up an unnamed peak to a rock ledge for views back to the west. There there, it was due east to Old Far. Just as I approached the western edge of the summit, I could see something in the distance. At first I thought it was a tent, but as I got closer, it turned out to be the wreckage of a small airplane. I had not heard that there was a wreckage here. Not too many parts left.
|More plane wreckage|
I liked the summit of Old Far. It is quite open with lots of rock and some nice pines. Great views from many points. Lastly, I headed further east to Little Far Mountain. It is somewhat similar to Old Far, but the views aren't quite as nice.
|Buck Mountain from Old Far|
|Bear Mountain from Old Far|
To complete my loop, I headed North to return to the West Mill Brook trail. I skirted west of Jug Mountain, since it is on private land.
|A good watering hole for the summer along the West Mill Brook|
Here is one of the many nice spots along the West Mill Brook. I took the jeep road back to the car, and was out at 2:45 PM.
Hike Distance: 9.8 miles
Hike Time: 7 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 3650'
|Approximate route (Click image to enlarge)|