While the Hurricane Fire Tower was closed for a number of years, efforts to restore it in recent years paid off and as of September 2015, the tower is open to hikers! Lucky for us, because when the weather is nice, the view from the top is unforgettable.
The trail ascends somewhat steeply initially, and you’ll quickly get your first viewpoint at 0.4 miles. After that, the trail becomes more gradual and traverses through a swampy area. After the swampy area, the trail begins climbing steeply again and continues this way until you break above the tree line near the summit. Not long before the summit you will come to a viewpoint from where you can see the tower. You will continue along a short ways before the trail opens up to a rock face that you will hike across to reach the summit and fire tower.
Coming from Elizabethtown, you will follow 9N out of town towards Keene. In approximately 2 miles down 9N, you will come to Hurricane Mountain Lane on your right. Turn onto Hurricane Mountain Lane and follow it approximately 3.5 miles to the parking area and trailhead.
Alyssa Devlin is a freelance writer who grew up hiking and skiing the ‘dacks and is now based in Washington, DC. She spends her days fighting the heat with daydreams of swimming in cool Adirondack lakes. You can find her at alyssadevlin.com.