Kearsarge North Fire Tower


Hiking up to the Kearsarge North Fire Tower is not easy, but it is well worth it. The tower sits at the summit of the North Kearange Mountain and was built in 1913. It was in use by the U.S. Forest Service until the 1960s. Following technological advancements, the tower staff was removed and it was made public.

Today, visitors are welcome to go inside the Kearsarge North Fire Tower and walk around its porch. The tower offers amazing 360 degrees of the Presidential Range and beyond!  Additionally, camping inside the fire tower is allowed, but visitors must bring all their own supplies.

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  • Type: Fire Tower & Summit
  • Elevation: 3,268 ft
  • Prominence: 1,749 ft
  • Parent mountain: Kearsarge North

Hiking Info

  • Easiest trail: Mount Kearsarge North Trail
  • Trail distance: 6.4 miles (out and back)
  • Trail difficulty: Hard
  • Trail popularity: High
  • Elevation gain: 2,588 ft
  • Estimated hike time: 3-4 hours


  • Address: Hurricane Mountain Rd
  • Town: Kearsarge
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 44.10577 Lng -71.09410
  • Parking notes: Parking at the trailhead is extremely limited with under a dozen spots. The parking is area is located just off Hurricane Mountain Rd. Parking along the road is illegal, so it is best to get there early.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE


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