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
Significance: Fire Tower, Views THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
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.
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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.
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.
The Adirondack Park is huge and fire towers are a great way to get a birds eye view. Enjoy your trip.