Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower
US 644, NY 26

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 644, NY 26 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered July 31, 2005
Location Adirondack Mountains
Essex County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 14.110' W 073° 42.684' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 14' 07" W 073° 42' 41"
N 44.235170° W 073.711400°
Elevation 3,678 ft (1,121 m)
Built 1919
Administered by NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators Essex County Board of Supervisors

Description

Hurricane Mountain is a solid rock summit in the Adirondack Mountains with a stunning 360-degree view. Since 1909 it has been the home of a fire tower. The first wooded structure was replaced in 1919 with the present 35' Aermotor LS-40 tower with a metal 7'x7' cab.

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Photos

1964 (Larry Paul photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

1964 (Larry Paul photo-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Vintage (c 1920) Photo (Bob Eckler Collection-courtesy Bill Starr)

Visit Reports

July 5, 2007: David Petrelli

Condition

Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Comments: While the 35' Aermotor LS40 steel tower and cab are in structurally sound condition the structure need considerable work to be safely accessed by the public. The structure is in need of painting and replacement of at least one of the cab roof panels. Additionally, all of the wood including steps and cab floor need to replaced. The bottom set of stair risers have been removed from the structure and summit.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? Yes

Staffing

Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
An active committee has formed and hopes to restore this tower for public use. However this structures fate is in question due to the current land classification the tower is located on.