Pack Monadnock Fire Tower
US 646, NH 19
September 2016 photo

September 2016 photo - courtesy of Jack Kelley

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 646, NH 19 (view other lookouts in United States, New Hampshire)
Date Registered July 31, 2005
Location Miller State Park
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Coordinates N 42° 51.805' W 071° 52.750' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 51' 48" W 071° 52' 45"
N 42.863420° W 071.879170°
Elevation 2,280 ft (695 m)
Built 2004
Administered by NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development
Cooperators NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development

Description

The newest fire lookout cab in New Hampshire, Pack Monadnock, was constructed in 2004 and placed in service in 2005. It replaces Hyland Hill fire tower which is still maintained. The 41' International Derrick tower with 7'x7' metal cab was constructed in 1939. The small cab was replaced in 1940 with a wooden 10'x10' cab which was burned by a lightning strike in 1960 and repaired.

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Visit Reports

September 25, 2016: Jack Kelley

Condition

Needs paint? No
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Comments: This tower is looking great. The observation deck can be a bit cramped with all the hikers, but otherwise it is fine. The foundation for what might have been the watchman's cabin can be found next to the tower, under part of the air quality building.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There is communications equipment near the tower.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? The directions to the summit are well marked, and the employees are informative.

Staffing

Staffed? Sometimes
This tower is staffed on class 3 fire danger days and above by the state of New Hampshire.

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No