Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

New York Snowy Mountain Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    7.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2142 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

Enjoy incredible panoramic views from the Fire Tower. There are several lookouts, increasing chances of a quiet spot to yourself. Pleasant hikers with awesome stories frequent this area (your results may vary).

Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks. Going north on Rt 30, the parking lot is marked as Snowy Mountain on the right hand side. If you make it to the village of Indian Lake you've done too far, but at least you can grab a milkshake at Stewart's before turning back!

The trailhead is directly across from the parking lot, be sure to sign in before you start making your way up. The trail is well marked and well maintained, pretty impossible to lose your way. There are a few spots along the way up large enough to pitch a tent off the trail, and several people were camping my last trip up.

The first two and a half miles are fairly flat and go by quick. In spring when the water is flowing there are a few creek crossings that can be messy, but the wooden walkways do pretty well to keep you mud free. The last mile is where the difficulty really cranks up and it does not ease up until you get to the top. It's absolutely worth the workout, so keep that in mind.

Upon arriving at the top you're immediately treated to a gorgeous view which you can soak in while you catch your breath. The top of the mountain is fairly small and flat, with three major attractions that form a triangle. The first being this initial overlook. From there you can move northwest-ish on a little foot path that ends at a little two level rock slab no more than 12 feet wide. A perfect seat with a breathtaking view, fantastic for a picnic or in my case, a fresh snowy donut. It's also apparently an excellent place for a proposal, as the cute couple who showed me this ledge told me their story and they seemed happy as can be.

From there head south to the fire tower which will climb above the treeline and give the best show of all. Unlike some of the Adirondack fire towers, this one is in good order and is safe all the way to the top. Once you've had your fill, head on down the way you came up and be sure to encourage the kind folks suffering on the way up!

Pack List

  • Comfortable sturdy shoes
  • Water/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (winter, obviously)
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Longer, tougher trail up than many others in this area. Trail gets quite narrow at points. Certainly worth it once you reach the summit, as the views are spectacular. The fire tower is in good repair and gets you well above the trees. There are a couple points where the tree line ends and there's a nice rock face to sit on and take in the view. Highly recommended day hike!

2 days ago
2 days ago

I was here during Memorial Day weekend, and It was an excellent hike! It wasn't bad for a day hike, and the weather was perfect. Just a little wet, but not cold. The reward is a beautiful view, with plenty of little vistas to go find through the trees at the top of the mountain, as well as the obvious 360 fire tower view. My friend brought her medium sized dog who loved every bit of it, and we ran into a few families with children along the way. Fun for all ages (respectably) while still a little bit of a challenge with a steeper incline for the last mile or so.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Snowy is a great climb! Enjoyed the descent in winter where the steeper part up top was a quick butt slide down. Amazing 360 views from the tower and great lunch spot at the lookout before the tower.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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