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One of the best bang for the buck hikes. About 3 miles to the top and only the last mile gets steep. About 1000 feet vertical in last mile. 360° views up top of Marcy, Whiteface, Cascade and Lake Champlain.

Not too tough. Spectacular panoramic views of the peaks at the top with plenty of space to carve out a quiet corner for yourself and take it all in.

Amazing views. Nice steady increase

We really enjoyed this hike. Starts off as more of a trail then escalates to a more rocky terrain. Watch your footing and you shouldn't have any trouble. Took us about 4.5 hours in and out with time at the top.

I loved this hike. Very peaceful and mostly quite despite how well traveled it seemed to be. It was challenging in spots in a good way and the views at the top were gorgeous. I would do this again for sure. It was about 3 1/2 hours for me including a little time at the top.

Beautiful hike! In my opinion, this is an easier track than Mount Cascade. On the trail, more land and roots than rock, except towards the end of the trip to get to the summit but the view 360 at the top is magnificent! This is a track that we will do again again!

The views are that of a high peak and worth the hike up. The first mile is straight and quick and the other 2 miles up is relatively gradual. I would recommend this for most hikers as it doesn’t require a great deal of technical difficulty. If you’re feeling bold continue around the ridge when you get back down to the fork at the base of the mountain. It will add another 6 miles which I believe is more difficult than hurricane alone.

Excellent trail conditions from the crows. Dry no bugs just a fun filled day. Mild temperatures Windy on the summit under blue skies!

a group of us: 2 kids under 5, 2 10 week old pups, adult dog, 8 adults. the kids definitely went in the backpack carrier a lot of the hike. all adults were fine. wear real hiking shoes, the terrain varies from small rocks, to big granite surfaces. the views are amazing, hike worth the time. we spent almost 5 hours from start to finish, hanging out at the top. WE SAW TADPOLES at the very top in a big murky puddle.

Nice dirt trail through a birch forest for most the hike, with a rocky ascent up to super rewarding views! Great hike!

very funny. Moderate level with an impressive view at the top! worth the detour!

Great view from the top! As others have stated, first section of the trail starting out from O’Toole Rd is in great shape and a fairly easy hike. The last 2 miles become more challenging, especially the last mile when the vertical ascent is definitely more noticeable. Take water, a snack, and bug spray. Overall, the pay-off is worth the effort!

Definitely a trail worth hiking. If you’re debating whether or not to do it, just go. It will not disappoint. Beautiful birch forests most of the way up and the top is just an awesome location. Views in every single direction. Not sure how it compares to the southern approach but I always prefers coming in from dirt roads if possible.

Started at 8am - Hiked on 7/10 with three family members including ya teenage girls - First mile was flat and a little buggy if you stopped - Then came some rocks and roots pretty regularly for the next two-ish miles You get to the top and it’s ALL worth it Only 2 other people at the top and the views are great all around The fire tower isn’t the most sturdy structure but gets the jobs done Will do this again no problem

Did this hike 7/21/19. We hiked into the Gulf Brook Lean To (1.5 miles into the hike) and set up camp, then continued on to the fire tower. So for that reason, we don’t really know the true length of time it took, but I would guess 4 hours total out and back if we started from the trailhead and did it in one shot. This is one of the better bang-for-your-buck trails. A great hike in, with gradual inclines and few tricky spots. It only becomes really rocky on the final leg of the ascent, maybe 200m at most. Weather was great, but there is no breeze in the trees. The humidity really took its toll, but it made the wind at the peak that much better. Wasn’t very crowded at the top, considering how nice it was. Saw two other groups. Every day but Tuesday and Thursday there is a fire tower stewardess who can answer questions and point out which mountain is which. You get an unimpeded view of the High Peaks Wilderness, with clear views of Giant Mountain, the Dix Range, Mount Marcy, Algonquin Peak and Whiteface Mountain. You can also go in the fire tower, although it has fallen into a slight state of disrepair. If you’re thinking of camping on the trail, there’s a variety of options. The Gulf Brook lean to was an exceptional site, and the Lost Pond lean to and sites were a short walk away. To access the Gulf Brook primitive sites, go right at the Hurricane Mountain junction, as though you’re heading up to the tower. Cross the creek, and on your left you’ll see a yellow trail marker emblazoned with a tent and arrow, pointing you to the path for the sites. Follow the path up the hill, and there’s a spread out site with room for 4+ tents and a communal fire pit. Didn’t see a thunder box but I’m sure there’s one in the area. If not, there’s one at the gulf brook lean to. To access the trailhead, you have to follow O’Toole Rd. It isn’t maintained during the winter, and is narrow. Drive slowly because running into someone going the opposite way makes for some serious navigating on the road. Road condition was alright, but could be very slick early in the year or during rainy weather. Lots of parking at the trailhead.

Did this today solo with my two dogs. Was a wonderful hike. First half was all good. Then when it started to get steep and rocky it got alittle tough for my little dog. But we saw it through and reached the top. Beautiful view from the top. Bunch of places to sit and relax and have lunch.

Great hike with my fiancé and two dogs. Pleasant easy grade for the first 1.5 miles then the trail becomes steep and rocky. Beautiful summit with fabulous views in all directions.

Awesome hike with a clear trail! The 360 views are amazing!! It took us about 4.5 hours round trip with stopping for about half hour on the summit, a handful of water breaks in between, and dogs that just wanted to sit and rest randomly on the trail; it was HOT! We left around 9a, and the bugs were fine, but towards the afternoon they got intense, definitely recommend bug spray!

Such a fun hike! Took my husband and I 3h20m round trip. The views at the top are amazing and the trails stayed cool. Bugs aren’t too bad but do bring bug spray!

great trip up. bring your bug spray!!!! trail is in great shape. hope the lady we seen fall today is ok. remember people it's not a race to the top take your time and get to the summit safely

Amazing view at the top

although shorter and less trafficked than South approach trail it is a little steeper grade. conditions dry with number of streams for water on the trail. excellent expansive 360 views. tower rehab nearly complete. mt steward said views were rated the best in ADK. excellent day of climbing, superb views

It's an awesome hike and the view is amazing!!! took an 1 hr to get up and 20 mins to come down. I ran down lol. fast walked up with 15 sec breaks. Maybe 5 total. A lot of fun though!!!

3 months ago

Absolutely amazing views-the rock scrambles got a little tough for my 12 year old lab, but she got there! Super buggy but fortunately we were prepared.

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