A relatively easy hike with one of the more picturesque fire towers and a panoramic view, Blue Mountain is a perfect fire tower climb for beginners and experienced hikers alike. The mountain is also just up the road from the excellent Adirondack Museum, which makes it appealing to families and others interested in soaking up some Adirondack knowledge.
The beginning of the hike follows an old access road that makes for easier hiking, but the trail quickly starts to climb, crossing a pleasant stream along the way. Near 1.5 miles the climbing becomes steep as the trail takes you over some rock slabs. You’ll want to use some caution on this part of the climb as the open rock can be quite slippery, especially when wet or during the descent. The trail then levels out as it opens up onto a ridge, following the ridge along to the fire tower at the summit.
From the intersection of Route 30 and 28 in Long Lake, follow Route 28N/Deerland Rd toward Blue Mountain Lake to the trailhead parking lot on the left. If you are coming from Blue Mountain Lake, the trailhead is only ~1.5 miles down the road on the right. You will pass the Adirondack Museum the left before you get to the trailhead.
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.