Elmore Mountain Fire Tower VT
Total Mileage: 4.2 Miles Directions 44.539877,-72.535767
Total rise:1280′ Facebook
Hike Time: 3-4 hours My Pintrest
Significance: Fire Tower, Balancing rock Fire Tower Page
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From the parking area the hike starts out on an old access road. At 0.3 miles you have to make a decision; take the short and steep route directly to the fire tower or take the ridge trail which spreads the elevation gain out over a longer distance. I chose short and steep.
The road turns into an actual trail and we gained about 1050′ of elevation over 1.2. While the hike is tough the surrounding forest is beautiful so take your time and enjoy it. The area was very wet, I am not sure if it is like that all summer, but you better bring your boots anyway.
Just before the fire tower is a T intersection with a sign that say to go left to the tower, right will take you down to the balancing rock.
I have yet to see a fire tower without an incredible view (because that would be stupid) and this was no exception. You are standing at the northern most mountain in the Worcester Mountain Range; Among this string of mountains to the south is Worcester Mountain, Stowe Pinnacle, and Mount Hunger. You can hike them individually or take the bruising 15.5 mile Skyline Trail (I know you want to).
To the west, Mount Mansfield and Stowe ski resort are among the line of tall mountains, clouds minimized my view but you should be able to see the High peaks of the Adirondacks in the distance. To the distant east are the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
After the tower I would say yes it is worth seeing the balancing rock, I saw only one other in all of my hikes and that was at Trough Creek State Park near State College Pennsylvania. It sits about 0.5 miles from the tower on the Ridge trail. Continuing on this trail for another 1.8 miles will return you to your car; the walk down is more gentle and enjoyable. Take in the high elevation mountain top ecosystem; Large numbers of Spruce and Birch surround you and green moss blanket the rocks and grounds.
Be sure to check out nearby Owl’s Head and Spruce Mountain fire towers.
Camping (and swimming) is available here at the Elmore State Park or nearby Little river State Park. This is an area where you can easy spend a few days and access a ton of activities. Long live Vermont!