Hurricane Mountain is part of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge that we would like to complete.
The kindest trail to the top of Hurricane Mountain starts at Crow Clearing off O’Toole Road and rises just over 1500 feet in three and a half miles or so. The first mile is mostly flat and passes near the Gulf Brook Lean-to.
Cairns along the trail or on summits are stacked rocks with a meaning or purpose. They are navigational, and mark the route of a trail. This could be to provide a directional route on the trail or to protect fragile vegetation and micro ecosystems.The Adirondack Mountain Club has built cairns and modest rock barriers on many summits, including Hurricane’s.If you come across a cairn, please do not disturb it. Don’t knock it down, add to it or alter it. And please do not build unauthorized cairns. These can confuse other hikers, giving wrong directions or information.