Hurricane Mountain Trail Northern Approach is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Approached via Hurricane Road--not sure if that is North or South. Steady, somewhat steep incline all the way to the summit--other than walk in from parking lot, very little flat land. Great views from the top. A leisurely 2 hours to get up with one person in our party never having hiked before so going at a rather slow pace. When we reached the summit we were surprised that so many people were there as we were the only car in the parking lot and didn't see a soul on our climb. They came up from the 9N entrance or the crows (?) entrance. These trails might be less steep in the early parts of the hike, and were definitely more popular judging by the scarcity of fellow hikers on our trail. A great prelude to one of the high peaks.
Great trail, very flat at first then a sudden uphill, rocky climb. Be sure to look out for the trail markers because at one point it feels like you're lost, due to how you're walking up what seems to be a dried up stream! Overall great hike, not too tough for me (17) and my little brother (15) and my out of shape father (44).
Did it twice in last two years, great hike. One of our favorites in the Adirondacks.
Easier than it sounds. Well kept, steady incline. Fantastic view.
Beautiful view!!! Was expecting it to be more difficult so that was a nice surprise. The trail to the fire tower is not well marked once you get to the summit so you are kind of left to find it for yourself.
Really like the new Hurricane trail. Longer than posted, but better conditions and good footing most of the route. Firetower is an added bonus for more expensive views.
the best view I have seen yet it is beautiful but at fire tower there is a bunch of bees
For not being a high peak you get an incredible view of the high peaks. This hike was a slight incline for about a mile and after that you are navigating up the mountain through rocks, roots, and fallen trees. Make sure you bring a lot of water. You are in the trees the whole hike with no outlooks until the top. The fire tower has brand new stairs and it comes with a 360 degree view. It was pretty difficult but we made it up in about 1.5 hours and down in 25 minutes. This hike was awesome.
Great hike. 360 view from fire tower
This hike is worth every step and every breath, because the views and feeling of accomplishment are worth everything.
If you hit the map/direction option, it will take you right to the start, where there is parking.
Distance- I clocked it at 2.7 miles each way
Difficulty- first 1.5- 2 miles are not bad, easy, with a gentle incline. Once you get to that last mile, the incline increases and it is no longer a nice trail. You have to plan each step as you traverse rocks, roots, trees and branches, because of this it does earn that hard rating.
Overall a great hike, worth everything. Plan to stay at the top and soak it all in, and climb the tower with its new stairs!!
Great hike with incredible 360 degree views of the high peaks and the Adirondack park.
This was a nice trail that rewarded you with very nice views. The first 2 miles in were very easy to do, but the last .7 miles is where you did the majority of your ascending. The stairs and landings have been replaced on the tower which was nice to see. This is one hike worth doing.
it was a dynamic panoramic view! a little cloudy due to the humidity. I believe this hike is a little more challenging than its rating but worth experiencing.
Beautiful views from the top! The trail itself was moderate, but was definitely felt a little more taxing today considering it was about 90 degrees. Great trail to hike at this time especially since hikers are not advised to hike the high peak trails due to the muddy conditions. Definitely doing again!