Take in 360 degree views of the north of the high peaks region from the open rock summit!

Though there are a few approaches to this mountain, this is the most widely used.

The trail is marked with red discs and easy to follow. At times you will cross small brooks and bog bridges. Shortly after the last stream crossing the trail begins to climb steadily. From here the trail will change in grade from easy to a few steep pitches. At approximately 2.5 miles you will turn right and climb over some rocks to the expansive rock summit.

Though the summit does host a fire tower it is not needed for the views. The fire tower was recently restored. Views of several high peaks can be seen including Dix, Marcy and the very popular ski resort Whiteface.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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RT Distance 5.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 2000 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Best Effort:Reward Hike

Hurricane honestly has the best effort-to-reward payoff of all peaks in the ADK, in my opinion. The trail is steep at the end, but the views even before the summit are amazing. My SO and I took our dog here for her first big-ish hike and she did great. Leash laws are in effect here and we did see some rangers, so make sure you’ve got ahold of your pup the whole time! Base-summit was just less than 2 hours (with snow/ice and a sniffy dog), and the whole thing including breaks was about 4.5 hours.

Short Hike amazing views

Hurricane mountain is easily one of the hidden gems of ADK park. When I went (September 2016) Their were so few people that we let our 2 year old black Lab off the leash and she had the time of her life! Once you reach the summit you can see all of the High peaks region it truly is beautiful with a 360 view of the park. one of my favorite hikes in the Adirondacks.

Awesome Hike

This mountain is definitely one of my favorites in the high peaks region. The hike is not too long, and pretty moderate but beautiful. The summit has a special advantage though, (aside from the fire tower) because you are not right in the range, you are set back from it. This allows you to view the great range and the mountains surrounding it simultaneously, which is a great experience and beautiful! Highly recommended.

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