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Absolutely stunning... not difficult besides for the distance. Worth every mile.. went yesterday and there was no snow/ice only muddy.

Great hike with a mix of terrain: mossy, dirt trails in open forest of spruce and birch at the base, ridge with beautiful views of Cascade mountain, river and falls, and some moderate rock scrambling through glacial erratics. It had just finished raining before starting the hike so a few very isolated areas of mud and a bit slippery, but not really an issue with our large group of 8 preteens/teens. A little over 3 hours round trip, with breaks to take in views and lunch at the top. Highly recommend and would definitely consider doing it again.

We hiked 5/11. Trail was very well marked and easy to follow. There were a couple spots where we stopped to take in some views. Once on summit, the views were great! We ran the trail on the way down, and were on our way home in 20 mins. Nice little hike! Definitely a good one for kids.

A quick hike up to Big Crow with great views. It was a bluebird day with outstanding views of the Great Range

The views are beautiful from the Ridge. I hiked this out of shape so it seemed long with lots of ups and downs. I brought my athletic dog and there was one spot he needed help with. Other than that he had no problem with the terrain. I was surprised to see bits of ice still on the trail. Mud season is definitely upon us in the Adirondacks. The trail is not well marked and sections resemble a narrow herd path. Still a beautiful hike!

Great 15 mile hike on May 9. Dealt with several different conditions: mud, snow (two feet), slush. Ice and running water. Conditions kicked my ass. Had to rest about 2 hours during hike which made my hike last 11 1/2 hours. That is 2 1/2 hours longer then I estimated.

Very scenic hike. Gill brook trail probably has the best stretch of water that.I have seen. One little waterfall after another. Great views from Colvin. Only views on Blake are if you turn around on the ascend. No view from summit.

Hiked Hurricane Mountain on 5/1/2018. Access road blocked with large snow pile & blowdown. Parked on the road a few feet up from the snowplow turnaround & walked the short distance up to the Hurricane trailhead. No other cars or people today. Last sign into Hurricane was two days prior. Was 9:45am & by the looks of things, it was going to be a great day. Perfect weather, warm even in the morning. Didn't even wear anything special, regular thermal, rothco cargos, knife, lighter, beacon, phone, trekking poles & was off. I read this hike was 2.6 miles but DEC signage says 3 so I always go by what they say when they say it. Today's hike with the access road, the hike itself & getting decently lost twice in the same spot on the ascent & descent, I'm calling it all 7 miles.

Hike starts out easy and stays easy. Right off the bat, it's a slush pile the whole way up. My feet never get wet. My feet were more soaked than they've ever been by days end. When you not trudging through actual sloshy ground ground, you're walking on an extremely obviously unstable pack above the stream bed. Luckily my foot didn't break through much & when it did, the water was not deep. Wore Hillsounds all day. It should have been snowshoes but it just felt like too much at the start. The lightning's would have been nice. No serious postholing though either. I was lucky. Passed a few minor water crossings, nothing crazy & before long was at signage saying I was .3 away.

My recent high peak & firetower hikes have been totally socked in, snow, rain, both, whatever. Probably my last 10 hikes have just been less than favorable weather. I was definetly ready to see what Hurricane was going be at the top especially after the stories I've read & amazing weather at hand. After the short .3 I was there & oh my gawwwwsh, it was amaaaaaaazing! Out of 50ish or so hikes in my career, this had to be top 10. It's really outraegeous. Even up there in the middle of it all it was warm, the wind was warm, sun was hot, high noon. My shirt was somewhat wet from sweat, was completely dry in minutes. Climbed the tower slowly & carefully and took a million pictures. Hung out on top, solo, for a half hour, took another million pictures, awed in amazement of The Great Range & many more, made a few calls, answered some texts & decided to go.

Right on my way down off the summit the sun was beating me good, not uncomfortably but good. I decided, the hell with it, i'll start to work on my tan now. Took the shirt off, tied around waist 80's style & flew on downwards. I kept thinking man, someone's gonna come walking along amd be like what the hell? Sure enough I wasn't wrong, lol. The only other hiker I would see all day. I apologized for being half clothed & we chatted for a few minutes. He said his feet were wet & I couldn't help but think, if your feet are wet now, they're going to be soaked later. He still had a ways to the summit. Said later to the gentleman & long story short made the uneventful slide/ skid down & thru a now muddy & soaked streambed where snow once covered just a few hours earlier.

Hit the register signed out, walked the road to my car, parked my ass right in the middle of the street & had lunch with the call of the falcons heard repeatadly overhead. It was a killer day. Perfect in every sense of the idea of an Adirondack adventure/ hike.

To note: I never post Firetower trip reports but with the extended winter & large amount of inquiries regarding conditions, I figured it could be helpful to some. Plus it was so damn good I had to rant.

Final thought...

It's really wet out there. Still lots of snow up high, slushy, slippery & muddy everywhere else. Bring gear. As everyone says, you only regret the gear you didn't bring. I went minimal today but a few extras would've been nice. Like water, water would've been nice. Ha :P

Pretty amazing. This was a little challenging for me but fun. Love a challenge. Definitely felt it the next day in my legs. The 11-12 miles is long but so worth it. Going to be working my way up to even more difficult trails in the future. So this was a great start.

Hiking after a spring snowstorm of 6-8” of wet snow may not be the best idea. The going was slushy, slippery and wet. Thanks to the gentleman who blazed the trail today, markers are scarce. The first mile is easy. After that it is a pretty steady incline. It was a perfect sunny day and the view from the top did not disappoint.

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We hiked Baxter this past Sunday. Perfect weather, great views, but trail was a bit icy in spots. Creepers are recommended. Was warm enough to shed our boots and socks!

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Really beautiful hike. We went on a clear sunny day, and the view at the summit was amazing. Really nice places at the peak to have lunch and relax before heading down.

Make sure you have microspikes or even crampons if you're hiking this in March/April. There's still a ton of snow and ice, and can get seriously dangerous as there's steep, exposed parts. We saw some people with running shoes attempting this hike... bad idea.

Great views from the top. The middle elevations were really starting to melt on my way down, but the top was still very icy. Spikes worked well for me all the way to the tower.

Great views from the top! Nice, quick ascent for a great view payoff!

Beautiful trail. Amazing views at the top!

Crampons came in handy in a few icy spots up top. Sketchy with only micro spikes it seemed.

outstanding views at summit. Trails well travelled. Spikes essential No need for snowshoes

Winter hike after a fresh snow on the trail is very dangerous. The trail is NOT MARKED. After a fresh snow, while it is somewhat fun to look for the trail at first , it becomes pretty hard and slow with a lot of false trails up on the ridge. What seemed to be an easy , less than 6 mi hike turned for us into a dangerous outing of 12 hours in midst of winter , and after the sunset with temperatures rapidly dropping close to -20F. I'm an experienced hiker, but once again this is a good reminder to take any hike especially in winter very seriously. After sunset we were very close to finishing the loop, but I could not locate the trail in the dark anymore . We turned around and traced our steps back which was very hard and exhausting in such low temperatures . Family called for the rescue which was very appreciated. Our phones didn't work in cold , but forest rangers were able to pick a ping from one of the phones at some point on the trail and came to meet us. Next time you go there bring some tape to mark the trail, you might save a life!
On a good note, the trail is really beautiful!

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!!! Isn't the easiest but far from the hardest.

A little icy towards the top but other than it was awesome.

East River Trail is clear all the way up with the exception of a couple downed trees, but nothing that you can't walk around. No spikes needed until really the last few hundred meters of trail up to Indian Head. Beautiful trail and great view from the top.

Perfect for first timers! Spectacular views.

Worth every second!!!!

hiked it with my dog. great hike except for the Parts of trail where you have To climb steep rocky pitches that was a challenge for the dog. Trail definetly needs more markers. easy To take the wrong path specially in the with the leaves on the ground.

It's a very nice trail with many great views.

Hiked this with my dog in September.. Beautiful views up top. Personally I thought it was challenging for my dog and I helped him down 1 or 2 steep areas rather than risking him getting hurt by taking a big jump. The first part of the hike is easy which gets you warmed up for the upcoming rock scrambles. We saw a family with young kids on the trail and the kids had the butt slide perfected. All in all a great hike with rewarding views.

actually closer to a 19 mile loop, and 6000ft cumulative elevation change. account for 10 hours. you will be hiking up Colvin twice. dogs are not allowed through the AMR.

Trail was easy to follow and well marked. Gradual incline to the summit. The views were amazing!

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