Hike to Vanderwhacker Fire Tower

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Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1686 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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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.

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Distance

5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1686 Feet

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Rebecca Nichols

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