Hurricane Mountain Trail: Northern Approach

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Hurricane Mountain Wilderness

Hurricane Mountain Trail: Northern Approach is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1528 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingSnowshoeingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Please note that the road leading to the trailhead closes in the winter, adding about half a mile to the start of the trail.

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Mark Napier
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Amazing day! No need for snowshoes but micro spikes a must. No wind on the top and plenty of time for a hot drink.

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Alicia C
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Great hike!! Starts off pretty flat for the first mile or so. Which means the majority of the elevation is gained in the final 2 miles. Seems like a less popular route to the summit of Hurricane - only two sets of tracks on this route when we hit the trail. Some spots where the icy over mud or water is thin - so be careful not to break through. Fair amount of icy sections the higher you get that traction and poles are helpful for. Wore Hillsound Trail Crampons the entire hike. The summit was cold & windy and a lot of the snow was blown off up top. Fire Tower was rime covered so we didn’t go up it. No views when we were there because it was socked in. But the hike itself was so fun so no hard feelings here.

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Christina Angell
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HikingGreat!

Completed 7/2018. Moderate hike, although the Olympic ski team running past us, up the trail made it look very easy

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James Sheehan
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HikingGreat!

Very easy trail, especially the 1st mile or so. Not too steep, summit wasn’t crowded, a light chilly with the wind blowing. Overall, a great easy hike.

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Cary Frogback
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Artur Wlodarczyk
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Alexander Linkem
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Great day for a hike, lots of ice, not much snow, extremely cold and windy at the top.

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Linda Zahnleuter
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HikingGreat!Icy

Fantastic hike today there was a little bit of fresh snow that made the trail easier on the knees. Crampons we’re definitely needed but otherwise not too hard. The final mile was winter wonderland and amazing views at the top

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Amy Apgar
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Loved this hike but our group found it on the more challenging side of moderate, as there was a lot of ice and snow when we went on 12/4. A few stream crossings and short rock scrambles kept things interesting, and we definitely needed our micro spikes especially the final third which gets quite steep. We actually turned around just before the summit because our dog hurt his paw, but it took us about 4 hours even without summiting. Well maintained and clearly marked trail.

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Rebecca Gijanto
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HikingIcy

This is a great hike. The trail is very well maintained. Unfortunately at the top was extremely windy and it had started snowing so I couldn’t get to the fire tower or see much. But still an awesome day! Make sure you bring cleats or spikes for your shoes if going in the recent future. There are icy spots

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Ben Thomas
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HikingGreat!

It was a bright sunny day in the mid 30s when I completed this hike on 11/12/20, but especially windy on the summit. Views were spectacular.

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Michael Nowak
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Darren Davidowich
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Killer little hike - some ice but it kinda helped by putting a crust on the mud. Very windy at the top!!

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Kayla Downs
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Amazing!! I did it on a sunny, 70°, November day and it couldn't have been better! The driving directions from this page took me to the East trail, not the northern approach. So we did the east trail, I think it was slightly shorter and steeper than the Northern approach would've been but it was great rock scrambling and a ton of fun! I loved the peak, plenty of room to allow for social distancing and we spent an hour at the top before heading down. The fire tower also has maps that show you which peaks you are looking at which is great! 10/10, def bringing other people to this hike!

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Dan Borthwick
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Amazing hike with amazing views

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Angela Girvan
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Very muddy! But gorgeous views at the top!

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Gary Stasonis
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Michael Brockway
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Beautiful up and down, best fire tower hike I’ve done so far! Incredible view and excellent for sunrise!!!

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Wendy Kuceyeski
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Gorgeous! Lived up to its name with the wind at the summit. A bit wet today but not bad.

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Jessica Padula
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Needed spikes for the last mile. Very windy at the top, but a great hike easy enough for ambitious kids and dogs when it isn’t icy

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Dan Wagoner
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Ankit Chhabra
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Very Good. Pretty windy at the top.

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Stephen Lam
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Hayly Stein
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