Spruce Mountain Fire Tower; Adirondack Mountains

Mileage: 3.1 Miles                                              GPS Directions 43.201954,-73.895827

Total rise: 1027 feet                                                             Facebook

Hike Time: 1.5 hours                                                           My Pintrest

Weather                                                                            Hikes by region

Significance: Fire Tower, Views                                THE FIRE TOWER PAGE  

Printable Map

Here is some of what you need to know: The trail is easily accessible during the winter, but one section is closed during “big game season”,  check the DEC hunting schedule if you are hiking between late November and early December.

-Do not confuse this hike with the Spruce Mountain tower in VT, that is a whole other animal.

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



Look for the trail head at the end of the parking lot and follow the blue blazes up hill. The trail is short but it is not without work, expect a gain in elevation of 1000 feet over the 1.4 miles.

Normally I would comment on the trail conditions but it was mid December and snow covered the ground the entire way. Remember that Adirondack weather during the winter can be extremely cold(-2F this day), windy, and the snow deep; I am saying be prepared with the right gear so you do not die.













After a hike through the forest the woods open up and the 50′ tower appears. It is in great condition since its restoration in 2015; the cab was open and all of its windows were intact (you almost never see that).

This fire tower is at the southern end of the ADK which means all of the big mountains of the north are in the distance. They may not be close but they can be seen, along with other mountains in all directions but south.




Click on photo to Enlarge









The North

Click on any photo to enlarge it









The East



Directly to the east is the great state of Vermont, and the town of Manchester which is home to Equinox Mountain (the worst hike ever my kids often remind me).

The south is a flat valley with some very distant mountains.




Other towers from the ADK fire tower Challenge– also check out other east coast fire 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