Blue Mountain is a perfect fire tower climb in the Adirondacks for beginners (pending conditions, of course) 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. It can get very crowded on summer and fall weekends, so plan accordingly if you're looking to avoid the crowds. 

Download Trail Map

Trail Stats:

Distance 4 miles round trip (many reports say it's longer)
Elevation 3,759 feet
Ascent 1,560 feet

 

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.

Also, be sure to visit our Adirondack Fire Towers page if you're looking for more details and a full list of the towers. There's also information about the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge if you're looking for a new hiking challenge to take on. 

Trailhead:

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.


Author:

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.




Also in Adirondack Hiking

Bear Den Mountain | Pure Adirondacks
Bear Den Mountain

A hidden gem in Wilmington, NY, offering unique views of the popular Whiteface Mountain and its region. Bear Den Mountain is also part of the Lake Placid 9er Hiking Challenge if that's anything you're inspired to do.

Read More

Pitchoff Mountain & Balanced Rocks | Pure Adirondacks
Pitchoff Mountain & Balanced Rocks

A fan favorite in Lake Placid and a well traveled trail, Pitchoff Mountain is also part of the Lake Placid 9er Hiking Challenge if that's anything you're inspired to do. It can be done as a through hike.

Read More

Big Crow Mountain | Pure Adirondacks
Big Crow Mountain

Excellent views of Hurricane Mountain and 28 different high peaks! Big Crow Mountain is also part of the Lake Placid 9er Hiking Challenge if that's anything you're inspired to do. 

Read More

Join our mailing List

We appreciate you supporting our small business during this uncertain time. If you haven't already signed up, join our email list for updates on new products in our online store and other ADK-related content.

Be well,

Evan, Hilary, and Lucy 🐾