A wonderful open peak summit with a currently abandoned fire tower, but the tower (which may be restored) is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks. During the summer and fall of 2014 this trail was almost completely relocated to avoid all of the steepest and most eroded sections. The hike to the summit is now 3.4 mi. or 0.8 mi. longer, but overall a much more enjoyable hike. The attached blog describes the old trail.
Hurricane Mountain Trailhead:
From Rt. 9N: trail leaves N side of Rt. 9N 3.5 mi E of the jct. of Rt. 9N and Rt. 73.
The trail climbs via new switchbacks to a first view at 0.4 miles, levels out, crosses a series of bridges across beaver swamps, an then resumes climbing, soon diverging left from the old trail. At 2.8 mi the trail comes to a ledge with a view ahead of the tower on the summit. The tower looks further away than it actually is, and after a second ledge at 2.9 mi. the grade eases to a junction with the trail from Crow Clearing coming in from the left at 3.2 mi. (On the descent make sure everyone in the group makes the left turn at this junction.) Past this junction, the trail is briefly level before beginning the final rocky scramble to the summit at 3.4 mi.
6.8 miles RT, Moderate Climb, Elevation 3678’
Time in hours:
Family with Young Kids: To Summit: 2.0 Round Trip: 4.5
Experienced Hiker: To Summit: 1.5 Round Trip: 4.0
Out of Shape Hiker: To Summit: 2.5 Round Trip: 5.0
Some photos courtesy of the adirondackhikes.blogspot.com. Read their blog post about this hike!