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Hurricane Mountain Wilderness Area - Unit Management Plan

The Hurricane Mountain Wilderness Area is located in the northeast portion of the Adirondack Park in the towns of Elizabethtown, Jay, Keene and Lewis in Essex County. The unit is comprised of one Forest Preserve parcel covering approximately 13,784 acres. The namesake of the unit, Hurricane Mountain, is the highest and most conspicuous peak in the unit. The summit of Hurricane Mountain offers stunning 360 degree views, and is the most popular destination for hikers in the unit.

In August 2010, the Department finalized the Unit Management Plan (UMP) and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area. In December of 2010, the majority of the Primitive Area was re-classified to Wilderness and a small area surrounding the fire tower on Hurricane Mountain was re-classified to Historic. Key proposals in the UMP include:

  • Removal of the Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower
  • Removal of the Gulf Brook Lean-to
  • Rerouting eroded sections of the existing trail network to more sustainable locations; and
  • Imposing maximum group size limits to eight for overnight use, and 15 for day use

Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area Unit Management Plan/EIS (PDF, 3.98 mb)