Azure Fire Tower Hike; Adirondack Mountains

Total Mileage:1.8 Miles                                   Parking area 44.537718,-74.485838

Total rise: 919′                                                                 Facebook

Hike Time: 1.5 hours                                                      My Pintrest

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Significance:Fire Tower, views                              East Coast Fire Towers

Printable Map

Here is some of what you need to know: The parking area is accessible during the winter months, but I would be it is not the first place the snow plow gets to.

1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map

2. Click on the flags for more information

3. Click on the pictures to make them large

 

The round trip of 1.8 miles makes this hike sound easy, but while there are far worse in the Adirondacks, I promise you will still have to work for this. The first 0.3 miles is relatively flat, but during the last 0.6 miles you will gain about 834′ of elevation. That is a tough mileage/elevation gain ratio to maintain, but the distance is short; so take breaks and be grateful that you are almost there.

The trail for me was full of snow, but I am told you can expect a rocky hike during the summer.

The tower is in great shape and it felt safe to climb, but you can also get some great views of the High Peaks from the cliffs nearby. In the picture below I numbered the mountains to help you locate them when you are at the vista (a larger picture of this can be found on the Saint Regis Tower page). 1. Whiteface and Esther2. Giant Mountain and RPR, to the right of number 2 is Big Slide and then the Lower Great Range comes into the picture with the Wolf Jaws and #3-Gothics. next comes 4-Basin, 5– Marcy, 6-Algonquin, 7-Seward.

 

From left to Right: Brushy Top, Lost mountain, Flat Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the tower you get a better look at the eastern horizon, most prominent is Debar mountain.

Be sure to check out the nearby Saint Regis fire tower, I did them both in one day.  If you like fire towers check out the East Coast Fire Tower page. Below are a list of other Adirondack towers.

 

 

Spruce Mountain Fire Tower                       Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

Rondax (Bald Mountain) Fire Tower           Stillwater Fire Tower

Hurricane                                                      Poke O Moonshine

Vanderwhacker           Black Mountain       Belfry

Azure Fire Tower                                        Saint Regis Fire Tower

 

                                    Catskill Towers

Hunter and Rusk mountain                 Balsam Lake Fire Tower               

Overlook Mountain Fire Tower            Red Hill Fire tower

Tremper Mountain Fire Tower

 

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