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Big Crow and Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge Loop Trail

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Hurricane Mountain Wilderness

Big Crow and Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,417 ft Route type Loop

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A great loop along a ridge with wonderful views south to the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks This is a terrific hike along a horseshoe-shaped ridge called Nun-da-ga-o (Soda Range) that will take you to many ledges for great views as well as to the top of two smaller peaks and past a cool pond. You will have terrific views south to the main bulk of the High Peaks as well as east towards the summit of Hurricane with its firetower on top.

Weston Mountain Info http://www.summitpost.org/weston-mountain/677496 Big Crow Mountain Info http://www.summitpost.org/big-crow-mt/355889

Directions: To get to the trailhead from Rte. 73 in Keene, NY, turn onto Hurricane Road next to the firestation in town and head a couple miles uphill to where Hurricane Road takes a sharp right and Otoole Road continues on. Ignore the Hurricane Road and continue on to a grassy clearing and parking area with DEC sign-in registers. There is no fee to park here.

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James Greisler
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WalkingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

I loved this hike today. I did the full loop it took longer than the 3 or so hours recommended by all trails. For me it took closer to 5 hours but that was also including the trip up and down Big Crow Mountain. What I love the most about this loop hike was all the variety. You get great views of the Adirondack Peaks, you walk through Mossy Forest which feels like something out of Lord of the Rings and everything is green and lush, you walk by a pond, you walked by lean tos, you walk by a brook, and there's lots of variety of whether you're going up or down in elevation. The trail was a little muddy at times, definitely around the pond area. I thought the views were over all fantastic. I agree that it's a moderate hike but I would not say it is on the harder side of moderate. The trail is definitely tricky to find. It exists but you have to keep your eye out there lots of branches in the way and you would definitely have to push your way through some of the vegetation at times. I like that aspect because it felt more adventurous to me. There are a great many trees fallen over the trail so you should expect to walk over them a couple times.There is the option of going on to Hurricane Mountain if you wish.

Kayleigh Taylor
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pros: views, diverse terrain, scarcely traveled cons: hard to follow, very poorly marked. wouldn't recommend without this app, which we relied on to find our way several times

Sam C.
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HikingBlowdownRocky

This is a great hike with some of the best views in the High Peaks. The entire loop trail is not very popular, and the trail condition is pristine (minus a good dozen trees downed). There are very little trail markers to guide you, but other than that the trail is relatively easy and straight forward.

Oliver Olds
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Emma C
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

I fully agree with the previous review - this trail is not maintained and sees few hikers. The good news is, you'll have it to yourself. The bad news is, the majority of the trail is completely unmarked and very overgrown. While the path is clear in most places, you'll need to traverse a variety of obstacles from fallen trees, to swampy patches, to overgrown trees that cross the trail. In this season, there's a ton of water, mud, and still some snow/ice patches. The views are incredible and well-worth it if you're up for the challenge. As experienced hikers, this loop took us almost 4.5 hrs, and there are several rock scrambles that were difficult for our dog. Make sure you budget extra time and download a trail map ahead of time.

David Scully
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow
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Ryan Deuel
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Hiking

For the views alone I would have given a 5 star. A ton of rock clearings and ledges along the ridge. Awesome panorama of the high peaks on a clear day. The trail is beautiful and quiet and not heavily trafficked. And I enjoy all the little rock climbing parts. The trail isn’t marked, but even in the fall with leaves covering the ground, it wasn’t too hard to follow through the woods. Only reason I had to knock it down to a 3 was on the rock clearings along the ridge, the trail was very difficult to pick up. Probably added an extra 30-40 minutes just wandering around trying to find the right path to continue on. Had to rush through the last bit because the sun was setting. Give yourself a little extra time on this one.

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Pasqual Boucher Bourbonnais
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HikingOver grown

Half of the trail is overgrown bit manageable, when starting in trail head going north, after first summit. If you start by east trail head, it is well maintained/not overgrown.

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Matt O'Brien
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I did this trail after completing hurricane so it was more of an 11 mile round trip. You will get many ridge and peek through views as you roll around the ridge. Some of the trail is very narrow and bumpy and you’ll be going up and down most of it. I wouldn’t say it’s a particularly easy 6 miles even on fresh legs.

Dave T.
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Hiking

Super scenic ridge walk

Lara Ayad
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownWashed out

This is more of a 3.5 star rating. The Nun-Da-Ga-O and Big Crow Loop Trail has one of the best summit views I have seen from the low peaks of the Adirondacks thus far. The major advantages of this trail include its solitude and its multiple outlooks and summits from different points along the loop, providing you with a constantly developing panorama of the high and low peaks. Blow-downs were not too bad considering it's one of the less-frequented trails in the High Peaks region. Trail markers are nearly non-existent, which is okay along the well-trodden stretches of the trail on soil. But, when reaching summits and outlooks, finding where to continue, or where to go back, is difficult and you will need your GPS and the Alltrails Pro app to find your way. Both the lack of summit markers and the intense mud and water made the trail feel longer than it should have. Bugs were swarming around us with a vengeance by the mid-afternoon. Keep in mind that, because this is a ridge trail, you will be climbing up and descending many times throughout. Definitely bring a GPS device or trail map and compass, waterproof boots, bug spray, and plenty of water and snacks for this one. Solid moderate for those acquainted with several low peaks hikes, but definitely challenging for novices.

Peter Bishop
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Nice relaxing hike, lotsa views. Use your app to follow the trail which gets a bit tricky to find on the open ridge areas.

Sarah Taber
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great loop over Big Crow and then the Nun-DaGa-O ridge back to the car. Definitely muddy and wet in places. People have reported the ridge is not dog friendly but our two large (and older) dogs did quite well with only a few places that we helped them up a few bigger step ups. Overall a great hike, which we’d do again.

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