Hike to Vanderwhacker Fire Tower

Rate this Adventure New York Vanderwhacker Mountain Trailhead

Added by Rebecca Nichols

Hike to this fire tower for a grand view of the Adirondacks Great Range!

The official trailhead is located off Moose Pond Club Road. This is a seasonal access road; therefore, if you're planning this hike in winter, you will need to add an additional 5.2 miles roundtrip. With that being said, even in season the road is not the most desirable; I highly recommend a higher clearance vehicle.

Once you drive the 2.6 miles one way down the road, the parking area and trailhead will be on your right. After you register, you will follow the red discs. The first mile you will cross several small streams. You will pas by the old observers cabin and this is where the real climb begins.

1200 feet of your 1686 foot ascent will be done in the 1.3 miles from the cabin.

The summit is closed in on three sides; however, the north opening is the best! You can view several high peaks including Algonquin , Colden, and the Great Range. If you choose to climb the tower you will have 360 views of the surrounding peaks, ponds and beyond.

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1686 Feet

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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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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