Black Mountain Fire Tower Hike; Adirondack Mountains

Total Mileage: 5.4 Miles                          Directions 43.611751,-73.493192

Total rise: 1220′                                                   Facebook

Hike Time: 2h 45                                                 My Pintrest

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Significance: Fire tower, views                    East Coast Fire Towers

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The trail from the parking area is an access road for about one mile, a sign then point you to where the trail leaves the road. The elevation gain for the first 1.6 miles from the parking area is relatively mild; the last mile to the summit is a little more work where you will pick up about 830′ of elevation. The are some nice streams, rocks, and the typical Adirondack moss everywhere. As you near the top you may here a swishing sound, that is the windmill at the top, it was equally unique as it was obnoxious. Youtube Video









The windmill is louder than it looks.

The fire tower is a little rough around the edges and is fenced off so it cannot be climbed. If you follow the trail past the windmill you will see a spur trail to your right, just past the tower fencing, which will take you to a nice rock where you can get a nice view. Below is the beautiful and massive Lake George, the two islands visible are called Harbor island. Directly across the lake is Five Mile Mountain. Clouds covered the tops of the High Peaks, but the enormous mountains were still imposing. Looking east the Distant Green mountains of Vermont were visible.



The fire tower










The ADK High Peaks in the distance, slightly cloud covered

Vermont in the Distance










Another Tower checked off of the Fire Tower Challenge list, later in the day I shot up to Belfry which was a quick 0.8 mile hike. Below are the other towers from the challenge that we have hiked, and check out the East Coast Fire Tower page for a ton more.


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