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The views from Giant are good, both along the way and at the top, but from RPR it's pretty spectacular-- walking around the open, rocky peak you can see 280 degrees. The backside of Giant taking you down to head up RPR is a bit of a bear-- parts of it are very steep, open rock. Some were slick with mud/water as well. And since this is an out and back you do get that part coming and going (it's a bit easier going up). Our mileage clocked in at 8.4 rather than 7.5.

Great climb with lovely streams and plants. Close to lake placid for a bite to eat after.

did the north trail this morning,took me about 1.5 hrs up and back down but I'm also 29 so yeah, great trail if you want to be challenged physically. The North side is mostly wash out path with a lot of flat rock to navigate, be mind full on feet placement on wet rocks and mud on shoes.

I can definitely see why this trailhead is rated hard. Starts out nice and flat, then nothing but rock and steep uphill climb from then on. The spectacular view at the top was worth every bit of effort. Absolutely stunning,

Worth every second !! Beautiful trail. It’s a must hike! :)

One of our favorites! We’ve done this loop twice and it’s definitely worth it for the view at the top.

Best hike I've done yet! Definitely a long one but like everybody else has said it is worth the way. The ending does get a little steep and slippery, so be weary of that. It also pays to wear the right shoes. Happy hiking!

I am a fairly frequent hiker and would consider myself to be in good shape. I would consider this more of a moderate hike than hard. Great views at the top and the first 1.5 miles or so are very doable for the majority of people, regardless of experience level. Would for sure do again!

Best view of ADK, 360. Went up the east side trail and back with the dog. Intermediate is Accurate. First 1 mile is easy, next 1.7 Miles is intermediate.

Great reward for the effort. Heavy trail erosion. Lacking trail markers heading up to the Balanced Boulders.

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14 days ago

We hiked this with three kids under the age of 6 last week. It was great! Not too difficult for them and great views. They loved scrambling over the rocks especially.

First hike of the season, absolutely beautiful but steady upwards hike.

There was very little mud and all plank bridges are above water level. The fire tower is open. Dog fell in pond sniffing at a frog, dragged self out. Frog was fine.

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16 days ago

It was raining pretty hard when we had ventured up Baxter. The rain stopped while we were at the summit which allowed some decent views of the Lower GR and Giant covered in clouds and fog. Decent views from a few balconies on the last 1/5 of a mile. Rain restarted on the way back down making for a wet descent. Not difficult and gradual trail- family and pet friendly

Awesome quick hike

Hiked on 5/25/18. Took the trail from the Adirondack Park Preserve. The first 1.5 miles or so was a relatively easy walk in the woods. As you hit the 2 mile marker it became much steeper and the climb uphill began. Elevation increased and the trail thinned out with lots of rocks and some mud spots. Reached summit in about 2 1/2 hours. I now see why this mountain is called “Hurricane” the winds were brutal, I’d say 35-45mph. The summit was huge with lots of big boulders and the views were amazing. Could see a lot of the High Peaks. Fire tower was damaged at the top and looked as if it was undergoing repair. Made it to the second tier and felt like I was going to get blown away from the wind. Definitely an awesome mountain though. #17

This trail is great and really pretty. Would've given it the full 5 stars except Nun-Da-Ga-O is NOT dog friendly. We went up to Big Crow and started around the loop, only to have to turn around right before getting up on the ridge because there is a rock scramble that dogs absolutely should not do. Maybe with a little dog you could help them, but my two big dogs who are pretty fearless and hike a lot were not able to climb what is a nearly vertical rock face. Maybe going the opposite direction around you could help them down, but up was not an option.

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21 days ago

Hiked on 5/28/18! Owls Head is now closed for hiking from Friday’s at 4pm-Monday’s at 7am. Other than that...it’s still open!! I hiked it on a Monday afternoon and it was great. Short and easy!

Stunning views, easy to follow trails. Great shorter hike.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Anyone who chooses to travel this trail is rewarded with an iconic and stunning view from Indian Head. The portion of this trail which follows the road is naturally quite easy to traverse. The portion of this trail which branches off the road up Gill Brook is not particular difficult, but there are sections which require a bit of a scramble. Children may struggle with the previously mentioned portion, but with enough determination and thoughtfulness almost anyone can enjoy this hike. I believe this hike took me approximately 5 hours to complete, including perhaps a half hour laze at the overlook. Happy hiking!

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

28 days ago

Great short hike. Closed Friday evening to Monday morning.

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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