Arguably the easiest and definitely the shortest of the fire tower climbs, Belfry Mountain is a perfect quick hike to a great view, a rare find for such a small elevation gain!
While the climb up Belfry Mountain is all uphill, calling it steep would be a stretch. It is a gradual climb to the summit, and at under 0.4 miles to the top, it goes quickly. The trail is also wide, as it traverses an old road the entire way. There are good views from the summit and the fire tower, from which you have the unique opportunity to see Lake Champlain to the east and the High Peaks to the west.
Coming from Elizabethtown/9N, take a right onto Route 7/Lincoln Pond Rd. Follow Lincoln Pond Rd for 8.5 miles, until you reach a Y in the road, take a slight right onto County Highway 7C and the trailhead will be ahead a half a mile on your right.
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Alyssa Devlin is a freelance writer who grew up hiking and skiing the ‘dacks and is now based in Washington, DC. She spends her days fighting the heat with daydreams of swimming in cool Adirondack lakes. You can find her at alyssadevlin.com.