Hurricane Mountain, NY: 8/21/10

The day that my wife, youngest son, and I hiked Hurricane Mountain, it was overcast, but conditions were nice — around 70 degrees with no bugs.

The High Peaks from Hurricane
The High Peaks from Hurricane

There are three ways up Hurricane. We decided on the north route, which starts at the end of O’Toole Road. From the trailhead, the hike to the 3,678-foot bald summit is about three miles. The most popular route to the summit is from Route 9N — in purple on the map. But we chose the trailhead on O’Toole Road. We snagged the last available parking spot and headed off.

The Hurricane Mountain Chapter of ADK maintains the trail. The first mile is up and down, without much elevation gain until you get to the lean-to at Gulf Brook. After you cross the stream for the first time, you start to climb. The trail is narrow and rocky much of the way.

Continue reading

Governor Paterson’s Rafting Trip

Governor Paterson recently took a 2-day rafting trip through the Hudson Gorge with Beaver Brook Outfitters.

Politics aside, it’s a good thing whenever a governor experiences first-hand the outdoor recreation opportunities that we have in the mountains of New York.

Congratulations to Pete Burns and Beaver Brook Outfitters for being selected for the honor of guiding the Governor on the river.

Full story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.