Ascent of Hurricane Mountain on 2011-12-20

Climber: Mike Wright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hurricane Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3678 ft / 1121 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started from parking on rt.9N. After signing in at the trail register the trail is steep. A good warm up on this cold day. 22deg from my car thermometer. It's a nice beginning, up a pretty old forest of spruce (I think). The trail soon flattens out and cuts thru some younger evergreen forest some of which looks newly cut. There are many wood bridges over some swampy and boggy areas (frozen almost solid). A nice view to the west over a boggy area then the climbing begins again. After a short bit is gets pretty steep then after a flat section gets much steeper. I found this section of trail to be one of the steepest I have done. Most of this part of the trail was almost pure ice and microspikes were perfect. Nearing the trail junction near the summit, Everything from here up was covered in snow or rime ice. The summit is well worth the effort, treeless and 360deg view. the fire tower is closed but not necessary to see the view. Today was a perfect clear day and I could easily see Lake Champlain to the east as well as Camel's Hump in VT. All of the Dacks were visible as well. I passed a few people that were heading down but otherwise I had the rocky summit to myself. Good hike.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Totally clear with only breezes at the summit. 22deg at the car.

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