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One of the best !

Did part of this trail today to get up to Eagles Nest Lookout. Was fantastic in the snow.

WoW What a day ! We were hoping to get a 360 view at the top of Gothic but unfortunately it was not meant to be. Left the parking at 08:40 ( should have left at 08:00). It took us 9hrs to do the loop via Pyramid. Last half hour we needed our headlamps but this was not a problem as we were on the road part. Winter conditions all the way. Crampons and snowshoes were a must. Beautiful winter sceneries. Much snow at the tops of Pyramid and Gothic. It was a difficult to find the trail going down from Gothic. There was a set of snowshoes tracks which we followed thank goodness . In the steepest parts down it was safer to slide down sitting . Overall a very strenuous day . Looking forward to repeating this hike in the fall .

Fantastic 9 hour trek in November. Bring crampons - icy on top.

Hiked on 10/24. Great hike, it was raining and then snowing so absolutely no view but great nonetheless. Took us 5 hours. Spikes needed near and on the summit.

Beautiful 360 view at the top. Extremely windy but so worth it. It took me around 4 hours to complete.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, but there’s always something sketchy going on in the parking lots. This also applies to many other Ottawa trails, such as the Sand Dunes trail.

This is a moderate trail. Well maintained. It is quite windy on the summit. That's why it is named as Hurricane Mountain.

Hiked on 10/14/18. Beautiful hike to see 360 degree views of fabulous fall foliage, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. The trail is a bit muddy in spots, but not bad. Watch out for the ice and water on the some of the rocks just before heading to the summit. The top of the fire tower can be windy and cold, so make sure to bring a hat and gloves. It took us about 2 hours each way with a nice break at the top for lunch in a sheltered spot away from the wind.

Hiked on 10/13. Was a little muddy in parts but was one of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. It was snowing towards the top and most trees were covered by the time we reached the top. Before the fire tower were two spot with incredible views! It was a little cloudy but visibility was still good. the fire tower was covered in ice and a little slippery but still had great views. Hiked with 3 other friends and it was one of our favorites! 1.25 hours up, about 40 minutes spent on top, and about 1.25 hours down with a lunch pit stop. All in all a beautiful sight for a shorter trail

Great hike, good feel for Adirondack hiking. A little heads up, sign distance on 9N is off—that’s distance to false summit. From that opening to tower is another half mile going down and then scrambling rocks to tower.
If taking new hikers don’t let them get fooled when they reach the top, top is not the destination.

This hike starts out easy, and gets tougher right when you reach avalanche lake. It is lots of fun scrambling and hiking along waterfalls. It was too foggy at the top of Algonquin peak to see much, but I imagine on a clear day it’s breathtaking. Great views anyways, and highly recommended.

Absolutely beautiful hike

Amazing hike and one of the BEST views we have ever had!!! As usual, AllTrails had the hike a bit shorter than both our Apple watch and AllTrails Pro clocked us at (6.8 miles). We felt that this hike should have been rated Moderate Vs the Herd rating given - aside from some light scrambling near the top, this was a solid moderate hike.. Do it, you’ll be (very) glad you did!!

A perfect day for a hike. Overcast, 54 degrees, and fog at the summit.
The trail was very wet and slippery after a couple of days of rain, but who cares.
The summit with the tower was very busy. About 20 people including a group of 10 climbing the tower. One hiker, a DEC employee, complained it was too busy and that daily access should be limited like they do in Maine. I drove 3 ½ hours for this hike and I would have been extremely disappointed to have been turned away if the trail was "too busy."
I enjoy the fire towers all across the state and do not want to be restricted from them. I encourage anyone who wishes to hike our beautiful forests to do so.

I had the good Fortune to go up to the top on a sunny mild day September 22., via the northern route. Beautiful 360° views from the top. The trail had a gradual incline, each miles increases grade, the last mile was moderate with occasional steep spots and short scrambles near the top. Watch your head at the top of the fire tower stairs- looking at your feet might buy you a headache on an overhanging board. The woods were sun dappled with frequent patches of birch and deep green mosses covering large areas. AllTrails had distance listed as 5.5 miles round trip, I clocked 6.3 miles.? I highly recommend this hike for one of the shorter approaches to big views. Enjoy !

Just noticed some erroneous information in Yuri Korondze's post about camping. There is no camping on this route because that is all private land. Otherwise, camping at that elevation is permitted on public land. There are no designated campsites on this route, and very little flat land where one could pitch a tent. The site Yuri identified is illegal because it is well above 4,000 feet.

Thank you All Trail for correcting the parking information for this hike.

Incredible. My first high peak as well - I’m so glad I came up the Gothics and down Pyramid. The views from across the ridge as you approach the summit are great, and of course the 360 degree view from the top is wonderful. Be prepared for a lot of mud - it hasn’t rained in several days but the trail seems to have mud puddles constantly. Otherwise you really can’t beat the view, plus there are two really nice size waterfalls and a few smaller ones on the loop.

My GPS sent me up O'Toole Rd to a trailhead. The trail starts off easy but the trail that branches off to Hurricane Mtn becomes moderate with a narrow water crossing and then as the incline increases, the trail becomes harder with some climbing. The trail could be marked a bit better, but all in all a great challenging hike with amazing views from the tower, summit and surrounding ledges.

My favourite trail. Short and sweet.

Great trail! Lots of inclines and descents but they’re pretty quick and manageable. Look out spots are all well worth the trek in! Enjoy!

Great hike, trails are well marked. The Skywalk trail lookout is worth the detour - we just did the small loop and came back to the main trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A short climb reveals breathtaking views of the Barron Canyon. Most of the short hike is along the clifftop with lots of spots to sit for awhile and enjoy the view!

My first High Peak. Words cannot describe the view or the high. the 3 mile walk to the mountain is boring but the ascent more than makes up for it. bring gloves for the climb down . My only compliant was that I got killed by these little black biting flies at the summit.

Very open and wide summit as your reward for a moderate plus hike. I’m sure the fire tower is sturdy enough, but I wouldn’t climb on it again.....

My wife and I hike a fair amount in the Western US and didn’t really understand how difficult this hike was before embarking. It is clear from the distance of the loop, the vertical involved, and the steepness that a “hard” rating is well deserved. What we didn’t know was how slow we’d have to hike to negotiate the boulders and natural, ungroom condition of the “trail.” It was a challenge! The time on the trail with late August heat and humidity revealed our poor planning in water consumption. Our bad. The reason for a lower rating is colored by our experience and lack of planning but is more about the relatively few vistas for the effort. Others might rate this loop higher for the technical challenge.

backpacking
3 months ago

The trail is very difficult but worth the struggle. If you’re planning on backpacking on this trail there is only one spot to camp out on top of the mountain not too far from the sign that says gothics .4 miles. It’s before you summit the gothics peak coming from the beaver waterfalls side. There is no camping allowed under 2400 feet unless it’s a designated camp spot and if you’re backpacking you will need a bear canister. Park employee let us use one free of charge but keep in mind that it will have to go in your backpack. Trail is very muddy towards the top of the mountain so you will need waterproof shoes also the water is kind of scarce once you start climbing so same sure you have enough before going up. The views on top are absolutely amazing but we mostly saw day hikers on the trail so just plan accordingly before you visit. As previous people mentioned the parking is about half a mile from the trail head you will pass the country club and there will be a sign to follow to the hikers parking lot.

Beautiful day, dry. Lots of bugs - bring bug spray

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