Thorny Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Thorny Mountain Lookout
Location: Seneca State Forest, West Virginia
Height: 53′ Facebook
Elevation 3445′ My Pintrest
Condition: Sturdy Hikes by region
The First thing you should know about the Thorny Mountain fire tower is that to climb it you must make a reservation to sleep in it. The stipulation is weird, but the opportunity to sleep in such a tower is normally only found on the west coast. The cost is $80 as of 2016 and it sleeps four.
The steps to the top are steep but there are only three flights. The cab is 14×14 including the catwalk around the outside. Their are two cots inside so the other two sleepers will need their own padding. No electricity, WI-FI, or cell service. An outhouse, picnic table, and fire ring are at the base of the tower, fire wood is included. No dogs or alcohol are allowed. See their website for rules and resevations.
An awesome view was mandatory for placement of a fire tower and Thorny Mountain is no exception. We had a full view of the surrounding Monongahela National Forest with many of its mountains and valleys. To the east is Michael Mountain, the north is Thomas Mountain, south is the rest of Thorny creek Mountain. WNW has a cluster of mountains and the only one I can idenify is Cheat mountain. Forest ranger Forest (that is his name) knows a lot about the area and he helped me identify many landmarks over the phone, thanks man.
We had a great time in West Virginia; With all the hiking and places to see it was worth the many hours of driving to get here. We toured through the eastern part of the state and we were constantly driving over mountains and through valleys. Their are several fire towers in the state, from north to south: Olson Tower, Bickle Knob, High knob lookout, Thorny Mountain, and Hanging Rock Observatory.