Vanderwhacker Fire Lookout Tower Hike; Adirondack Mountains
Total Mileage: 5.6 miles Directions 43.879629,-74.058446
Total rise: 1709′ Facebook
Hike Time: 3 hours My Pintrest
Significance: Fire tower, views THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
Here is some of what you need to know: The anomaly here is the short drive from the main road to the parking area; it is a funky dirt road in the sense that large rock stick up in a dangerous way. I can testify that my Toyota Camry made it without a problem; I will say the very last hill (about 50′) to the parking area is especially treacherous, I made it, but perhaps I should have parked at the bottom…you be the judge for your own car.
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From the parking area the first 1.3 miles are relatively flat and easy going. You will walk past a few marshy areas which were pretty cool and worth taking a minute to stop and look at.
At the base of the mountain is the watchmen’s cabin; the door was open and the inside was surprisingly intact. From here it gets steep, climbing 1327 in elevations over 1 mile. The trail is rocky which was fine going up but really slowed me down on my descent; this part is tough.
This is supposed to be one of the best towers to see the high peaks, unfortunately the clouds were hanging low; I was able to make out what I think was Algonquin but I am not really sure. It was disappointing to not get the full view, but as you may already know, the clouds themselves are usually a show worth seeing. Turn around towards the south and you can see the craggy peak of Snowy Mountain, to the left of snowy is Pillsbury and to the right of it is Wakely. To the west I believe is the Fishing Brook Range and Dun Brook mountain at the southern end of it.
This was number 10 on my Adirondack fire Tower Challenge, below are other towers on the list including the ones in the Catskills. Have fun!