Mount Olga Fire Tower; Molly Stark State Park Hike

Mileage: 1.9 Miles                                                       Directions 42.852388,-72.814904

Rise:  528 FT                                                                                    Facebook

Hike Time: 1.5 hours                                                                    My Pintrest

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Significance: Fire tower

Printable Map                                                                              Offical Park Map

Here is some of what you need to know: Park fee of $4 for adults and $2 for children over 5 (2016).

-We traveled clockwise on the map below

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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

 

 

 

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We took the Mount Olga trail to the top of the mountain. It starts right near the park office and if you do the loop you will return up the hill from the trail head near the campground. This trail is well maintained and marked with blue blazes. It is 0.8 miles to a short spur trail that will take you to the tower. The elevation gain is about 500′ but it was gradual making it a very comfortable hike.

 

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On the way up

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On the way down (not the trail)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_4445All fire tower climbs carry some risk; the frame of this one was open more than others so I kept the kids close. When the wind blows, the whole structure rattles which gives you that “am I going to survive this” feeling. The cab at the top was open to the public; the windows were missing and their was only enough room for a few at a time. It was hard for me to identify landmarks from this 360 degree view but I know that south is the Berkshire mountains in nearby Massachusetts, North was the very obvious ski slopes of Mt Snow, and all around are the peaceful lush green forest of Vermont. I loved it.

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We had a great time during our short stay at Mount Olga. Camping is available if you want to stay a few nights or if you are itching for another fire tower, head south into Massachusetts to Goshen state part for a short hike with a great view.

 

 

 

 

 

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