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Mount Adams

 

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The 3520 foot Mount Adams, with its fire tower, is a hidden gem in the Adirondacks!  The hike to the fire tower takes you across the Hudson River on foot on a swinging iron suspension bridge with the river cascading beneath you as you are looking through the wide mesh crosswalk. Ascend a rugged 1800 vertical feet in 1.6 miles to an old Adirondack fire tower. Finally, climb the newly renovated tower and feast your eyes on one of the most spectacular wilderness vistas east of the Mississippi River.

In 2010 the cab of the fire tower was damaged by wind storms. In 2011 the fire tower received devastating damage from Hurricane Irene, including the top of the tower blowing off. After two years of major renovations from dedicated volunteers, the fire tower is again open. The swinging bridge over the Hudson River was destroyed in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. It was rebuilt in 2013 and there is a picture and video of the new bridge below.

Just after a few minutes on the trail you encounter the Hudson River and a newly built swinging iron suspension bridge that is supported only on each side of the river. Each step you take makes the bridge sway and roll with your body weight from side to side. There is also the accompaniment of the creaking and groaning that swaying metal bridges make. You are walking on large iron meshwork so you can look right down and see the Hudson River right under you.

Once past the Hudson River a level walk takes you to Lake Jimmy. The trail was rerouted in 2013 to veer around the lake, rather than the old crossing of the lake. In less than a mile, you'll find and climb the trail that leads to the Mount Adams fire tower. After less than 10 minutes of walking and passing a long abandoned wood shack there is a cairn on the left at 0.8 miles which signifies the start of the fire tower trail. 

Bridge over the Hudson River (Sept 3, 2014) by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking

 

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