Hike to the Mount Adams Fire Tower

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Stunning views of the Adirondack high peaks are abundant from this fire tower!

The sights for this hike start before you even reach the trailhead. Once a busy mining community, the area is rich in history. Just before the trailhead, you pass by an old stone blast furnace -- definitely worth the stop.

There is plenty of parking at this trailhead though it shares the start for Allen Mountain, one of the Adirondack 46 high peaks. Always remember to sign into the register.

The first part of the trail is an easy walk as you cross over the Hudson River on a suspension bridge. Continuing on the trail, you will skirt around Lake Jimmy, which will then bring you to the site of the old observers cabin. Shortly after the cabin, you will turn left into the woods (straight would continue on toward Allen Mountain). This is where the climbing begins! The trail becomes steep and rocky from here to the summit. The 3,540 foot summit is treed; therefore, you must climb the fire tower for views.

The views are expansive and some of my favorite of the high peaks. Many high peaks can be seen including Colden, Redfield, Cliff, Algonquin, Marshall, Allen, Iroquois, the Santanonis as well as New York's highest peak, Mount Marcy.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water/Snacks
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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RT Distance 4.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 1800 Feet
Activities Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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