Blue Mountain (Fire Tower)

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within Adirondack Park
Distance (1-way): 4.00 miles

The Blue Mountain Fire Tower may be the best known and most visited fire tower in the Adirondacks. The tower was originally built from wood in 1911 and was replaced with the current tower by the NYS DEC in 1917. The DEC closed the tower in 1990 and was one of the last operating fire towers in New York State. A group of local volunteers adopted and restored the tower.


Status: Restored and open to the public. During August an intern will be on the mountain to greet the public and educate them about fire towers and the forest preserve.

Tower: 35 Foot tall Steel Aermotor LS40 tower

Trail Description: The trail is 2 miles long, with a 1400 foot elevation gain. Elevation at the summit is 3,759 feet. The 1st part of the trail meanders and is easy, while the 2nd half gets steep and rocky towards the summit. There are spectacular views from the summit, both on ground & in the tower.

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

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