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Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
Hurricane Mountain isn't one of the famous high peaks with its 3694 foot summit. But it's still a really great and popular hike in the Adirondacks. It is one of the lowest bald peaks in the area with the tree line at about 3450 feet at the main trail junction. It also offers great views of most of the lower great range. This peak offers a huge open summit with spectacular views. It also offers a fire tower. There are three different approaches to the summit.
The main trail leads from a good and well marked parking lot on NY 9N. The GPS coordinates are N44 12.694 W73 43.363. The hiking trail travels about 2.6 miles one way to the summit with an elevation gain of nearly 2000 feet. Another trail leads from the end of O’Toole Rd at the parking area at Crow Clearing. This is the gentlest, however longest way to Hurricane Mountain. For those who have 4x4 vehicles 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. Plus 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".
Start of the trail off NY 9N
Puncheon along the trail (courtesy of Jake Wilde)
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower (courtesy of Jake Wilde)
View from Hurricane Mountain (courtesy of Jake Wilde)
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