Saint Regis Fire Tower; Adirondack Mountains
Total Mileage: 6.4 Miles Directions 44.432236,-74.300205
Total rise: 1581′ Facebook
Hike Time: 3.5 hours My Pintrest
Significance: Fire Tower, Views East Coast Fire Towers
Here is some of what you need to know: The parking area is easily accessible during the winter months.
-Check out Friends of Saint Regis.
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
From the parking area follow the signs across the bridge to the trail head, it is a short walk. I was nervous that since recent snow had fallen I would be breaking out this trail, but it was well packed right to the summit. The first 2.1 miles you will gain about 450′ as you travel up and down some hills; the last mile gets tough as you gain about 1000′ of elevation. Persistence is key, but take some breaks and you will get there. The trail was all snow for me, but I am told that when that melts you have a ton of rocks to deal with (pick your poison).
Finally, the fire tower appears, and the view is unbelievable. The tower itself has recently been refurbished leaving it feeling safe and sturdy…but there is plenty of views from the ground if that is your thing. I numbered the High peaks in the picture below. 1. Whiteface and Esther, 2. Mckenzie, 3. Slide, 4. Giant and RPR, 5. Big Slide, 6. Lower Wolf Jaw and the beginning of the Great Range, 7. Gothics, 8. Basin, 9. Marcy, 10. Algonquin
Between you and the High Peaks you will see Upper/Lower Saint Regis Lakes and Spitfire lake. Looking north from the tower you will see Debar Mountain and a few other.
Earlier in the day I did Azure mountain which had pretty much the same view, except that the peaks are closer and easier to see from Regis.
Check other fire towers in New York and the surrounding states on the East Coast Fire Towers page. Below are what I have from the Adirondacks and Catskills.