Explore the Fire Towers of the Adirondacks

Once used by the local authorities as fire, safety and observation lookouts, the famed fire towers of the Adirondacks beckon adventurous souls to climb these lofty lookouts and peer across a vast wilderness. 

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Azure Mountain

Azure Mountain Fire Tower in the Adirondacks
Azure Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @1ironduke

Hiking to Azure's Fire Tower: This 2-mile round-trip hike is a moderate one. The trailhead is located about 30 miles south of the Village of St. Regis Falls, about seven miles down Blue Mountain Road. Park at the trailhead on the right. 

Mount Arab

Mount Arab Fire Tower
Mount Arab Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @acktomic

Hiking to Mount Arab's Fire Tower: This 2-mile round-trip hike is a moderate one. Head toward the Village of Tupper Lake on Route 3 and continue to Piercefield. Turn onto Conifer Road and travel two miles to the trailhead. Park on the right. 

Hurricane Mountain

Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @barkeaterrr

Hiking to Hurricane Mountain's Fire Tower: This 6.8-mile round-trip hike is moderate. Find the trailhead on Route 9N about 13 miles outside of Keene. Park on the right. 

Loon Lake Mountain

Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower
Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @barrie_p

Hiking to Loon Lake Mountain's Fire Tower: This 5.6-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult with some steep and wet sections. The trailhead is located on County Route 26, about eight miles north of its intersection with State Route 3. 

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Fire Tower
Blue Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @eldopps

Hiking to Blue Mountain's Fire Tower: This 4-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult for most hikers, with some open rock and wet areas that can be slippery. Find the trailhead just pass the Adirondack Museum on Route 30 toward Long Lake. Park on the right. 

Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain Fire Tower
Bald Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @elizmicca

Hiking to Bald Mountain's Fire Tower: This hike is less than two miles round-trip, and is moderate and scenic. Trailhead is located on Rondaxe Road north of Old Forge on Route 28. Follow the signs to the trailhead. 

Woodhull Mountain

Woodhull Mountain Fire Tower
Woodhull Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @elizbovay

Hiking to Woodhull Mountain's Fire Tower: This 15.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate, and can be attempted mostly by bicycle. The trailhead is located on McKeever Road south of Old Forge. A large parking area is located just over a quarter-mile down the road. 

Kane Mountain

Kane Mountain Fire Tower
Kane Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @erinmac_2

Hiking to Kane Mountain's Firetower: There are two trails to the summit, both moderate and both around two miles round-trip. The Green Lake Road trail is the most popular, and the trailhead is located on Green Lake Road, just past the Canada Lake Marina. Park on the right, and the trailhead will be on the left. 

Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain Fire Tower
Lyon Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @filli3636

Hiking to Lyon Mountain's Firetower: This 5-mile round-trip hike is difficult. From the summit, hikers can see the skyline of Montreal, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. The trailhead is located off of I-87 Exit 38N. Take 374 west to Chazy Lake Road and drive south for about two miles. Follow the signs to the trailhead. 

Vanderwhacker Mountain

Vanderwhacker Mountain Fire Tower
Vanderwhacker Mountain Fire Tower| photo: Instagram @hikingadkchick

Hiking to Vanderwhacker Mountain's Firetower: This 5-mile round-trip hike is easy-to-moderate. The trailhead is located on Moose Pond Club Road off of Route 28N north of the Hamlet of North Creek.

Belfry Mountain

Belfry Mountain Fire Tower
Belfry Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @mamapink63

Hiking to Belfry Mountain's Firetower: This hike is less than a mile round-trip, and is an easy climb from the trailhead, which is located on Dalton Hill Road in Witherbee. 

Owls Head Mountain

Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower
Owls Head Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @mpurdy1

Hiking to Owl's Head Mountain's Firetower: This 6.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located on Endion Road off of Route 30 outside of Tupper Lake. 

Poke O Moonshine Mountain

Poke O Moonshine Fire Tower
Poke O Moonshine Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @nonners

Hiking to Poke-O-Moonshine's Firetower: This 2.5-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located at the Poke-O-Moonshine State Campground off of Route 9. 

Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower
Goodnow Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @pstaalesen

Hiking to Goodnow Mountain's Firetower: Just under 4 miles round-trip, this hike is easy. The Trailhead is located on Route 28N, 1.5 miles west of the Adirondack Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb. 

Wakely Mountain

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower
Wakely Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @sir_alaintherebel

Hiking to Wakely Mountain's Firetower: This 6-mile round-trip hike is moderate-to-difficult, especially in the last mile to the summit. The trailhead is located just before the Moose River Recreation Area on Route 28. 

Hadley Mountain

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower
Hadley Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @snash2

Hiking Hadley Mountain's Firetower: This 3.6-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located on Rower Road off of Hadley Hill Road in Lake Luzerne. Park on the left. 

Pillsbury Mountain

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower
Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower | photo: Instagram @toheck

Hiking to Pillsbury Mountain's Firetower: This 3.2-mile round-trip hike is moderate. The trailhead is located at Sled Harbor Clearing in Speculator. 

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