South Dix is in the process of being renamed Carson Peak, in commemoration of Russell M.L. Carson, a charter member and past president of the Adirondack Mountain Club. He is the author of "Peaks and People of the Adirondacks", the first authoritative history of Adirondack mountains, their naming, and their climbing history.
This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 37 on the list.
Because Carson Peak is the peak that lays smack dab in the middle of the range there are many approaches to the summit. See the descriptions for Grace Peak (formerly South Dix,) Macomb, or Hough. Herd paths lead along the ridges connecting these peaks to Carson Peak. The shortest approach is via Macomb. South Dix has a wooded summit with limited views, but excellent views can be had from the south shoulder, which is on the route from Macomb.
Keep in mind that Carson Peak can only be climbed with other mountains in the Dix Range.
This is 17+ miles round trip for a challenging hike.
Along the trail from the Elk Lake Parking Area to Dix Pond, look for eight primitive campsites and the Slide Brook and Lillian Brook lean-tos.
Camping between 3,500 feet and 4,000 feet is limited to designated campsites. Camping above 4,000 feet is prohibited.
Getting to Carson Peak, in the middle of the range, requires moving along the ridges to reach the peak. This is why knocking off the whole Dix Range in one trek is popular. The group must be prepared for camping out in case of weather delays.
Find out more
Read our blog post about The Dix Range Traverse.