Hurricane Mountain Trail: Northern Approach

MODERATE 275 reviews

Hurricane Mountain Trail: Northern Approach is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,528 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Please note that the road leading to the trailhead closes in the winter, adding about half a mile to the start of the trail.

18 days ago

The road is closed for the winter season. You have to park 0.5 miles from the trail head.

hiking
snow
21 days ago

We hiked the trail on 11/21. The road was not plowed to the trailhead so we had to park along the road about .3 miles away. No big deal for us because we were the only car there but I could see that being an issue with more cars. It’s really a nice hike—nice and easy at the start and then a bit of a climb towards the end, and a great payoff with the amazing views and the fire tower. We used microspikes and were fine. Snowshoes would have been overkill at this point. There are a couple of stream crossings that you have to be really careful on. Great way to spend the day!

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icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

An easy to moderate hike, provided you have the right equipment for the conditions. We absolutely needed spikes. Nice ice formations already, and a great view at the top. Lost the trail markers for a bit, but thankfully snow tracks provided us with the right path. We ascended from the O’Toole Lane lot. We took our time; stopped for photos along the way. Climbed the fire tower in the high winds. Definitely worth it.

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rocky
1 month ago

The first mile and 1/2 starts off pretty flat to moderate. The trails starts getting steeper and wetter, nothing too bad though. There's a short scramble at the top and a bald summit with fantastic views.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Lovely, slightly challenging hike due to the weather conditions. We went with our big big doggo and he managed just fine. With the warm weather, there was a ton of drainage happening. Definitely a bit like walking (scrambling) up a creek for the second half of the hike. Thick ice-covered scrambling towards the top. 360 views when you’re up there. Absolutely beautiful! Took us a total of 2 hours to get up (walking super slow, helping our big dog face his fears of water). And about 2 hours back down with the slippery conditions. All so so worth it and made for an awesome day!

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muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
1 month ago

With the snow and ice melting it was basically walking through a creek for half the trail. Still beautiful and fun. Very icy towards the top. Took my dog and he made it up and down just fine. Had to be very careful and slow on the descent. Very slippery.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

above 3k feet was all snow and ice. after the 2 mile marker quite the rocky scramble uphill. wish the trail was marked a bit better at this point. 360 views from the top with beautiful views of lake champlain and whiteface. overall a great hike

hiking
1 month ago

The trail mileage is confusing- here it says 5.6 miles, the trailhead says 3.0 to the summit (6 round trip), then the sign before the summit indicates its 2.6 from trailhead to summit (5.2 round trip). Regardless of how far it is, the trail is a beautiful gentle climb with very little scrambling. It took us 1.5 hours to summit, going slow and taking lots of breaks. Would highly recommend for families with children or beginner hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Longer but easy hike with beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve done this one as well as the southern approach and this one is my favorite mainly due to the fact I didn’t see one other person on a busy day! If you’re looking for a little more strenuous and secluded hike this is the trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Loved this hike! Will definitely come back to the Adirondacks! There is a section of the hike that is largely deciduous/maple trees and the colors were stunning. There are two rock outcrops for views and the views are amazing. Was about 50 degrees at summit, warmer than expected. Near summit some scrambling, dangerous when it's wet.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent Hike. Hit the trail at 9 am. Not too many folks yet. Beautiful day. Get there early or parking is going to be difficult to find on the O'Toole Road. It was 38 degrees when we started and 60 when we finished, so bring layers for sure. 360 views were amazing. Easy hike for some beautiful views of the high peaks area and wonderful foliage.

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable trail, easy moderate walking for the first half, second half becomes a little steeper. Great trail for dogs, my pup had a blast. View from the top was spectacular, almost feels like you’re on a high peak! Basically no mud, overall awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stellar hike, has some steep spots but always followed by a welcomed plateau soon after. Reached the top in just under 2hours going at a good pace. lots of other hikers and dogs there but all happy folks.

hiking
2 months ago

Rain held off and the clouds were so cool on top of Hurricane Mountain near Keen. We took north brook trail to north hurricane trail. The road to get to the trail head is hurricane road out of keen to o-toole which turns to dirt! Near road and trail. We didn’t see another human the whole hike! The tree color was beautiful and 360 degree views.

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