4,400 ft / 1,341 m


390 ft / 119 m


84 summits

Top climbing months

June   18%

July   18%

September  17%

Most climbed route

Herdpath from South Dix


  • Hough Peak is one of the four peaks in the Dix Range which are reached by unmaintained trails. (The others are Grace Peak, South Dix, and Macomb.) It is named for Franklin B. Hough, sometimes called the "father of American Forestry", since he was the first chief of the U.S. Division of Forestry.
"This was a fantastic weekend My wife Brigitte and I wanted to do the Dix Range. We were lucky to find parking on a sunday afternoon at the Elk Lake Lodge. Our first afternoon hike took us to our camp site at Lilian Brooke. The following monday morning we started at 7h00am. Our itineray was to start the ascension of Macomb via the slides. The ascent was difficult but the view was amazing. Upon arriving at the top we saw a few hikers. 2 of them (Jimmy and Don) did the next 2 summits with us: South-Dix and Grace. We really enjoyed their company and we had a similar pace which was great." - CPaquin, Aug 20, 2018
"Couldn't have asked for a better day to walk across the Dix Range. Elk Lake keeps on getting farther away and Beck-Horn closer. Closing in on the end of the day, with the best summits yet to come." - Right-On, Jul 29, 2017
"Trip report from the whole Dix Range traverse, included on all five logs: On Tuesday the 6th, Mom and I drove up to the Elk Lake parking lot and hiked in to the Slide Brook Lean-to. We got in sometime early evening and had the place to ourselves! It was raining, had been raining, and continued to rain into the early hours of Wednesday morning. But I'm willing to take the rain on set-up day versus hiking day. It was a little chilly at night and I had to put all my layers on to stay warm. I forgot that summer nights in the ADK can still fall into the 40's! Wednesday morning we were up at 6am a" - tscha1, Jun 7, 2017
"Solo. Macomb > S. Dix (Carson) > Grace > S. Dix (Carson) > Hough > Dix. Note pertaining to the entire day's hike - the trail register for the Dix Wilderness at Elk Lake Road was completely out of pages.. A little clarifying I did on my S. Dix & Grace Peak summit logs as well - When I read other people's trip reports about doing the entire Dix Range, all of them said "just past the summit of S. Dix, take a left to go to Hough, or a right to go to Grace (E. Dix), there is no cairn." I interpreted these reports to mean that there was a "T" or a "Y" junction a few steps from the summit of S. Dix. " - kellieirene, Sep 12, 2016
"A little overcast today but the clouds were high and the views fron Dix and Hough were great. Deb and I went up the Beckhorn trail to Dix first then took the herd-path to Hough. Found the Beckhorn trail steady, long and very steep up by the Beckhorn, a lot of fun and very challenging. We made great time and the herdpath from Dix to Hough was easy. Once done we continued toward South and went the down the Lilian Brook Herdpath." - hbotc, Sep 10, 2016



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