Monday, August 24, 2015

My Daughter's First Earned Hiking Patch! NH Fire Lookout Tower Quest Program

The Division of Forest and Lands in New Hampshire has a program that is aimed toward, "increasing the public's recognition of, and appreciation for, the critical roles that our fire towers play in the protection, stewardship and sustainable use of New Hampshire's forests." [1] So, in order to do this, they encourage people to visit the 16 active Fire Lookout Towers in New Hampshire (15 run by the Division of Forest and Lands and 1 run by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust). As an incentive, if you visit 5 of the 15 run by the Division of Forest and Lands, they will send you a Certificate of Acknowledgement and a cool patch for your backpack! All you need to do is print out their form and record the towers you visited with the respective dates.

The following towers are on the list and count toward earning the patch:

  • Belknap Mountain in Gilford
  • Blue Job Mountain in Farmington
  • Cardigan Mountain in Orange
  • Croydon Mountain in Croydon
  • Federal Hill in Milford
  • Green Mountain in Effingham
  • Kearsarge Mountain (South) in Wilmot/Warner
  • Magollaway Mountain in Pittsburg
  • Milan Hill in Milan
  • Pack Monadnock in Peterborough
  • Oak Hill in Loudon
  • Pawtuckaway Mountain (South) in Nottingham
  • Pitcher Mountain in Stoddard
  • Mount Prospect in Lancaster
  • Red Hill in Moultonborough
  • Warner Hill in Derry
My daughter and I started her quest to hit five towers last summer. This summer, she accomplished her goal and visited five of the active Fire Lookout Towers in New Hampshire! I am so proud of her. The towers she visited were:

#1 Blue Job Mountain on July 26th, 2014

#2 Warner Hill on August 2nd, 2014

#3 Pawtuckaway Mountain (South) on August 31st, 2014

#4 Pack Monadnock on September 9th, 2014

#5 Mount Kearsarge (South) on June 6th, 2015

After hiking all five mountains, we filled out the pdf form which can be found on the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands website, and sent in for Lylah's patch. A few weeks later, we received her patch and Certificate of Acknowledgement in the mail!

I can't express how proud I am of my daughter for completing her first hiking list. Watching her enjoy the trail as I do and being able to spend quality time in the woods with her has made me so happy! I hope the miles we've spent on the trail crossing off fire towers is only the beginning of many miles we'll spend together in the New Hampshire wilderness!

Some other great information and history on NH Fire Towers can be found here: http://www.firelookout.org/lookouts/nh/nh.htm



  1. Congrats to Lylah for her accomplishment, and congrats to you for being an excellent role model for your daughter.

    1. Sorry for the late reply on this...I missed the comment come in! Thanks for the kind words, John!!! I appreciate it.