Hurricane Fire Lookout Tower; Adirondack Mountains
Total Mileage: 5.7 Miles Directions 44.261141,-73.733381
Total rise: 1575′ Facebook
Hike Time: 3hr 40 min My Pintrest
Significance: Fire tower, Views THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
Here is some of what you need to know: There are three different trail heads to get to this tower; This one starts at the end of O’toole road, and we are told the least traveled. The one on Route 9 is the most heavily traveled according to a ranger, and switchbacks were recently added to make it a bit easier. The Eastern Trail head used to make the shortest route but all of the trails appear to be about the same length.
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
2. Click on the flags for more information
3. Click on the pictures to make them large
The Hike to the tower from the parking area was relatively easy to follow, the only turn was at 1.1 miles where we made a right off of the trail (side note: if you were to go straight and make a left up head you would end up at lost pond where you can see the tower from across the water). The first 1.6 miles you will gain about 350′ of elevation, the next mile you gain about 1000′ of elevation; it looks tough on paper but the trail was well maintained and it went quick. As usual the Adirondack forest is beautiful, one long stretch of trail we were surrounded by White Birch trees, I never saw so many, it was cool. Near the top of the mountain, pay attention to the signage as a few trails converge just before the summit.
Much of the mountain around Hurricane Tower is rocky and bald so it is almost all views. South of the tower is Giant mountain and RPR. To the right of Giant is a bunch of peaks that I have numbered in a picture below: #1 Dix, #2 Nippletop, #3 Sawteeth, #4 Gothics, #5 Marcy, #6 Algonquin. Northwest is Whiteface and Esther, North-Jay and Macdonough are prominent. Toward the west, beyond Lake Champlain is the great state of Vermont; pictured below is Camel’s Hump, Mansfield is north of that. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Check out the THE FIRE TOWER PAGE for all of the towers we have hiked on the east coast, below are the towers we have done for the ADK Challenge. We Love this place and we always have plans to come back.
Thanks Michael Klaus for helping me identify some of the Mountains, and my friend Billy helped make it possible to get up and back to the ADK in one 20 hour day.