Initially I thought I would get started on the Saranac 6, but when Jen said she'd be hiking Hurricane Mountain, I quickly switched my plans to join. I didn't leave Albany until 9:15, which was great since I had spent the day before with a nasty cold, and met Barry at the parking lot at about 11:15. A few minutes Jen & Brendan joined us, we readjusted and made our way to the trail.
Marcy was determined to lead the pack and demanded we be up front, which is my least favorite spot to be when hiking in a group. The first .5 is steep, before leveling off and meandering through the woods. The trail has been re-routed, and is gorgeous right now. Compared to so many of my very wet hikes, this trail seemed very very dry. Marcy added a bit of excitement when she stuck her face in an active beehive. Thankfully we moved away quickly enough that she was only stung once and I made it clear without any.
There were a handful of other people on the summit, but plenty of space to enjoy the awesome views. With Hurricane Mountain being just east of the high peaks area, the views are spectacular. We enjoyed some snacks and relaxed for before deciding to make our way down. Marcy showed off her leash reactive-ness towards some dogs on the summit (and another later that was off leash and approached) which made me glad we were leaving. Marcy dragged me down the mountain until I switched her collar to her training collar, which seemed to help dramatically.
Marcy loved the trail, enjoyed playing in a stream, and slept like a champion during the car ride home She still needs to work on her manners towards other dogs when on the leash, and walking with me, rather than pulling, but her endurance is strong, and I can see a very fun life together on the trails.
After an early dinner at the Baxter Mountain Tavern, we said our goodbyes and headed back to Albany.
A great hike with a amazing views, I can see myself repeating this one several times.
Hurricane Mountain at 3,678
LLBean Stowaway Day Pack, EMS pants, tank, flannel, vest (all worn at various times) Asolo's, smart wool, hydroflask 40z, 32oz, 12oz & thermos.