In honor of Hurricane Sandy, I took a pre-hurricane hike to Hurricane Mountain in the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness Area. I had last hiked this mountain on 6/20/10 (Father's Day) with the family. On that trip we hiked the mountain from the trailhead on Route 9N. On this trip, I took the trail from the east off of Hurricane Road.
This trail starts with an easy private road access walk on a jeep road, gaining only about 550' in 1.2 miles. After that, the road ends and the marked trail climbs 1200' in 1 mile to the rocky summit. Trail conditions were good on this day. It was warm (about 63 degrees).
|First view of the summit|
When I went past the Route 9N trailhead, I noticed 10 cars in the parking area, 9 with Quebec plates and 1 from NY. I figured I'd run into a crowd on the summit. There was only 1 car parked at the Hurricane Road trailhead, and I shortly ran into a man with a dog leaving.
|Clouds blowing through|
I didn't see anyone else until the summit, where a group of 30 Canadians were enjoying lunch on the summit. They must have been part of a hiking group or something to have that many people together. I reached the summit after an hours and 20 minutes.
At the top it was breezy but warm. Clouds were blowing through and at times visibility was good. I stopped for lunch and gave the dog some treats and we headed back down. It took about an hour and 10 minutes on the way back.
Hurricane Mountain Hike Stats:
Hike Distance: 4 miles
Hike Time: 2.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 1825'
Trailhead Elevation: 1900'
Summit Elevation: 3694'
Hike Part 2
We decided to do a little more exploring since it was still early and we pulled into a jeep trail on the west side of Route 73 where it crosses the North Fork Boquet River (just south of the Round Pond Trailhead).
There is a nice designated campsite just in from the road on the jeep trail. From there, a herd path follows the southern side of the North Fork Boquet River in a southwesterly direction. Several more designated campsites were passed along the way.
After 1.7 miles, I reached LilyPad Pond with good views of the Dix Range in the background. It was time to turn around for the day. On a future hike, I'll continue in on a bushwhack hike to climb Spotted Mountain. It's a mountain with lots of rock on the summit and great views. For now, I was happy to do some surveillance of the area and see Spotted Mountain from a distance.
LilyPad Pond Hike Stats:
Hike Distance: 3.4 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 500'
|My approximate route (Click image to enlarge)|