Hike to the Blue Mountain Fire Tower

Rate this Adventure New York Blue Mountain Trailhead

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Enjoy this hike year round with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lakes.

This enjoyable year-round hike offers a self-guided nature walk with interpretive pamphlets located at the trailhead.

Following the red marked trail, the first 0.9 miles is a comfortable ascent. It then becomes a moderate to steep grade before leveling off at approximately 1.5 miles. The last 0.5 miles to the summit is a gentle walk. The summit features an accessible fire tower with amazing views. The fire observer's cabin is also on the summit. Views are endless featuring Blue Mountain Lake, Tirrell Pond, and many other Adirondack lakes and ponds. Mountains include several high peaks as well as Tirrell Mountain, Tongue Mountain and Kempshall Mountain.

This trail also makes for a great winter snowshoe hike. And, if time permits, pay a visit to the Adirondack Museum just down the road.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Hiking Boots
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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Hiking, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1550 Feet


Easy Parking

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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