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Hiking in Adirondack Park
The Fire Tower Challenge
The Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) created the Fire Tower Challenge for those who are gripped with fire tower fever. We have a list of the fire towers for the club's challenge below. The list below are the fire towers located in Adirondack Park. If your looking to get more info on the "Fire Tower Challenge", check out the Brochure (pdf). Check out the book Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and CatskillsTravel Guides) for info on many fire towers in the Adirondacks and Catskills.
Although no longer manned or used for detecting fires, some of New York's remaining historic fire towers are being restored and repurposed as a destination for hikers, families and school children alike. The towers are a valuable piece of state history, and from the top visitors get a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding forests, lakes, mountains and valleys.
Fire Tower on Bald Mountain located near Old Forge
If you are interested in climbing one of the state's fire towers, the following have been restored in the Adirondacks: Mount Arab, Blue Mountain, Hadley Mountain, Goodnow Mountain, Kane Mountain, Azure Mountain, Vanderwhacker Mountain, Rondaxe (Bald) Mountain, Owl's Head Mountain, Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, Mount Adams, and Snowy Mountain. There is a complete list below.
In the Catskills, five fire towers have been restored: Hunter Mountain, Mount Tremper, Red Hill, Balsam Lake Mountain, and Overlook Mountain. In addition, the fire tower on Mount Utsayantha just outside the Catskill Park (in Stamford) has also been restored.
Adirondack Park Fire Towers with a bright future
Owls Head Mountain
Adirondack Park Fire Towers that may not last
Loon Lake Mountain (not on the original list)
Fire tower is missing steps, however there are still nice views without climbing the tower.
The lowest 3 sets of stairs have been removed from the tower, which is unfortunate because to get a view from the summit, you need to get up the tower.
Saint Regis Mountain
Fire tower is missing steps, however there are still fantastic views without climbing the tower.
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