Located in Keene, NY, Big Crow Mountain is a quick hike, but don't let the mileage fool you. After a short hike into the woods, this trail goes straight up all the way to the top. Your lungs (and legs) will be working hard for this one. Excellent views of Hurricane Mountain and 28 different high peaks! Big Crow Mountain is also part of the Lake Placid 9er Hiking Challenge if that's anything you're inspired to do.
BONUS PEAK- Upon summiting Big Crow you will see Little Crow down to the right which can be hiked in one trip. Follow the cairns (stacked rocks acting as trail markers) along the summit and the trail markers to head over to Little Crow and bag "The Crows" in one day. If doing this we recommend making it a thru hike going down Little Crow which will take you to Hurricane Road. At this point you'll walk a mile back to your car and the loop will be complete. Once you come out of the woods to the street go left on Hurricane Road, then left on the dirt road O'Toole Lane to the end, Crows Clearing, where you parked for Big Crow.
Trailhead: From Lake Placid, go 15 miles east on Route 73 to Keene. At 200 yards past the intersection with Route 9N in Keene, turn left on Hurricane Road at the Keene Town Hall. At just over 2 miles from Route 73, bear left on O'Toole Lane (dirt) for 1.2 miles to the end at Crow Clearing. The trail to Big Crow begins on the left side of the clearing. (In winter, the end of plowing is 0.3 mile before Crow Clearing, and this final stretch is usually closed during muddy spring season as well).
Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.
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