• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1635 Feet

Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Located near the Wakely Dam along the Cedar River Flow this tower hosts views all the way to the high peaks

Starting from the parking area you will follow the red marked trail northwest. The first 2 miles are mostly a flat to low grade ascent along an old woods road. At 1.1 miles you will cross a small bridge over a stream. At 1.9 miles the trail will lead you right along the footpath to the tower. This last 1.1 miles you will gain 1194 feet.

Before you head right along the footpath continue straight to a clearing ahead. This is a site of an old beaver pond. You can also see the top of the fire tower from here.

As you near the summit, approximately 80 yards before the tower on your right you will see a helipad landing. It does offer some nice views and spot for lunch.

The views from the fire tower are expansive including neighboring towers Blue Mountain and Snowy Mountain. There is also a beautiful view of the high peaks featuring Algonquin, Colden and Marcy.

I want to note if you want to attempt this in winter the Cedar River Road is only plowed to a point of 4.6 miles from the trail head. Therefore, you will be adding 9.2 miles to this hike.

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  • Hiking Boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Rebecca Nichols Explorer

Located in Upstate, NY I am between the Adirondack & Catskill Mountains. I enjoy exploring all of the Northeast. Most weekends my wanderlust sends me somewhere new to visit, hike, kayak or camp. Ending a day by a campfire is one of my favorite things.

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