Belfry Mountain

Belfry Mountain - Pure Adirondacks

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!

Trail Stats:

Distance: .7 miles round-trip

Elevation: 2,174 ft

Ascent: 137 feet

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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Remember to Leave No Trace! Buy a physical map, read it, plan, and prepare. Think about the NYS Rangers and medical personnel that exhaust themselves for a rescue that could have been avoided. Pack out your trash. Use a bear canister when primitive camping and cook away from where you’re sleeping. Do the rock walk to help reduce the impact on fragile alpine vegetation. Camp at designated campsites and never camp on or near summits.

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