This hike was a repeat of a hike I tried back on 4/20/12 when I attempted to climb Dix Mountain from the Route 73 trailhead at Round Pond. On that hike, there was absolutely no snow at the Trailhead, but there was 18" of fresh snow on the steep section above where the trail crosses the slide. That new snow made it impossible for Rev to climb. We ended up turning back.
On this day, my son Zack and girlfriend Hannah were visiting and they came along with me for the hike. It was a nice day for a hike (at least below treeline). It was just below freezing and there was light snow coming down. Hannah uses an inhaler for asthma, but had forgotten it at home. We were hoping she would be able to do the hike OK.
|Zack, Hannah and Rev|
We started on the trail at 8:15. There is an uphill section after passing Round Pond that is a moderate grade for awhile before leveling off until you pass the Boquet Leanto. We covered the first 5 miles in 2 hours and then reached the beginning of the next grade which takes you past the slide on the east face of Dix.
Hannah noticed that she was not going to be able to climb the steeper section without difficulty and we stopped to discuss what to do. It was decided that she and Zack would go back to the car and go get some lunch at the Noonmark Diner while I climbed the remaining 1.8 miles of steep terrain to the summit. I figured I would be about 3 hours behind them.
I gave them the car keys and a walkie-talkie radio so we could still communicate. They then headed back and I began the steep climb. I was following a fresh snowshoe track so the trail was easier to climb than I thought it might be. I reached the summit about 11:45 and was still able to reach them on the radio.
The summit weather conditions were quite different (as is often the case). Visibility was poor and it was quite windy. I stayed long enough to take a couple pictures and then I headed back down. It was a fast butt slide down the steep section, then an easy downhill walk out.
|A nice walk in the woods down below|
I made it back to the car at about 2:30 and was only 1.75 hours behind Zack and Hannah. They had just pulled back into the parking lot 10 minutes before I came out of the woods. Great timing! It was nice to get to hike with Zack and Hannah for a while. Hope they can get back again soon for another hike.
Hike Distance: 13.7 miles
Hike Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 3600'
|Our route for the day (Click image to enlarge)|
|A topo of the route|