While steep in spots, this short, 0.7 mile hike from Crow Clearing to the 2,815 foot summit of Big Crow offers one of the Adirondacks' best views for the least effort. The views include the valley of the East Branch of the Ausable River and 28 of the major 4,000-foot peaks. A trail does continue past Big Crow to Little Crow and Hurricane Road. That trailhead, however, is obscure and lacks good parking, so better to return to Crow Clearing.
Experienced hikers can get to the summit of Big Crow in less than an hour. Less experienced hikers might expect it to take well over an hour to complete this short, steep climb.
A possible side trip over Nun-da-ga-o Ridge and Weston Mountain is also possible from here.
Trailhead: From Lake Placid, go 15 miles east on Route 73 to Keene. At 200 yards past the intersection with Route 9N in Keene, turn left on Hurricane Road at the Keene Town Hall. At just over 2 miles from Route 73, bear left on O'Toole Lane (dirt) for 1.2 miles to the end at Crow Clearing. The trail to Big Crow begins on the left side of the clearing. (In winter, the end of plowing is 0.3 mile before Crow Clearing, and this final stretch is usually closed during muddy spring season as well).
Some photos courtesy of summitpost.org. Read their blog post about this hike!