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Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area
Not one of the highest at 3694 feet, but one of the finest climbs in the area. It is one of the lowest bald peaks in the area with the tree line at about 3450 ft at the main trail junction. It also offers great views of most of the lower great range.
The peak is one that offers some nice climbing near the top and an interesting walk through some very large blow downs and virgin forests. Most likely the most popular of the smaller peaks after Rooster Comb but is never as crowed as Marcy or Algonquin. This is a great peak for people with younger kids since the summit has no dangerous cliffs or other pitfalls. It has a huge open summit.
The main trail leads from a good and well marked parking lot on NY 9N. This route leads 2.4 miles one way to the summit with an elevation gain of over 1900 feet.
Another trail leads from the end of O’Toole rd. one being allowed to park at Crow Clearing, but watch out, parking regulations are in flux right now so ask a local where is a safe place to park.
This approach is an excellent overnight trip for first time campers or people with small children since there is a seldom used lean-to about half way there next to Gulf Brook.
For 4x4 lovers you can try the approach from the east up the old fire tower road but you may no longer may be able to get very far as the road has not been maintained for many years and is very steep. To top it off the short trail from the old fire-watchers cabin is very steep and usually quite wet.
Hurricane Mountain is part of the "ADK Fire Tower Challenge".
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