A bit of a scouting trip to see how the Adirondack trail conditions were after a big cold dump of snow in mid-January. We chose Hurricane: short but scenic, and I hadn't been up the south side trail in quite a long time.
The weather was cold, occasional snow showers, and primarily cloudy as we started off. There was a very firm and well-tracked out path even though it hadn't been long since the last big snowstorm.
Noticed right away that the trail seemed to be following a different route. Across the flats things seemed the same, but then again, as the route climbed again, it seemed different. Topping out at the west Hurricane ridgelined confirmed that a major re-route (apparently 2014) had been done on Hurricane's southern trail. Some really good lookouts along this ridgeline section, and the overall grade has been lessened quite a bit (but of course, the trail is now longer).
Summit was the same - nice big open area, but now the fire tower is restored, and is climbable. Another nice addition. Overall, the quality of a hike up Hurricane has definitely gone up since I last visited!
Trip Reports, Image Galleries or Other References: Image Gallery: January 2019 Hurricane Mountain
A short and scenic intro winter hiking route up the north side of Hurricane Mountain
A rather cold Saint Patrick's day 2013 was the setting for an ascent of Hurricane Mountain from the north, via the Nun-da-ga-o ridge trailhead. I had never done Hurricane by this route, and wanted to give it a try.
Starting off from the trailhead, we headed south to the Gulf Brook lean-to, where we then turned off onto the north trail to Hurricane. A quite hard snow base and a broken-out trail made ascending the route easy. Soon, we were at the small flat area just west of the summit blocks, where the southern and northern trailled routes meet.
Unsettled atmospheric conditions made for a final blustery trek to Hurricane's open top. There were limited but still-nice views in all directions, with the central High Peaks looking a bit hazy. The aforementioned weather conditions meant we spent only a few minutes on the summit
The packed path and help of gravity saw us quickly make a descent back to the lean-to, where we reverted to bare-booting, and then less than thirty minutes more brought us back to the trailhead. A perfectly reasonable (although slightly longer) alternative to the standard southern approach route to Hurricane.
Trip Reports, Image Galleries or Other References: Image Gallery: March 2013 Hurricane Mountain Climb
An intro Adirondack hike for a couple of new participants: Rehana, Asmir, and Shelly (although Shelly had been to the Adirondacks before). A beautiful but very windy day in the Adirondacks. Of note was how little snow there was on the lower slopes of the mountain. In places, melted right down to mud! Very early in the year for this. We moved along at a brisk pace and summitted in only a little under two and a half hours. It was not that cold temperature-wise, but a very strong wind was blowing at the summit, requiring one to bundle up. Markus explored the old fire tower and our two new Adirondack first-timers took in their first Adirondack summit vista (which, BTW, is one of the better views in all of the High Peaks region). There is an organization looking to save the tower from being dismantled, and you can view their website here www.hurricanefiretower.org. Trail conditions, as mentioned earlier, ranged from a very thin snow cover to patches of ice, to mud, to lots of ice. Certain sections were best suited to crampons. A very enjoyable outing. Hurricane is such a great little peak!
Trip Reports, Image Galleries or Other References: Image Gallery: March 2004 Hurricane Mountain Climb
Beautiful Winter Day. Sunny and Calm. Not a whole lot of snow on the trail at first, but we wore snowshoes anyway. Higher up the trail was covered by a few higher drifts but nothing major. Excellent summit for such a low peak! Broad and open. Excellent views of Whiteface, with the ski runs sharply visible in white. Also good (albeit distant) views of the central high peaks region. While we were on the summit, some fellow hikers scaled the old abandoned fire tower - seems like it is actually in pretty good shape (actually, there is an organization looking to save the tower from being dismantled, and you can view their website here www.hurricanefiretower.org). I had brought along some ice cream bars as a sort of joke, since it was February and you could do such a thing in February. Well, it turned out to be not cold enough and when we opened them at the summit they were half-melted and gooey... messy! All in all, an excellent peak - and so short!
Trip Reports, Image Galleries or Other References: Image Gallery: February 2002 Hurricane Mountain Hike