Mount Arab is a fun, quick hike outside of Tupper Lake. The fire tower is accessible and provides great views of the surrounding lakes. Given its short distance and low elevation gain, the mountain is perfect for families with little kids and dogs. An added bonus is that the Fire Observer’s Cabin has been repurposed as a museum where there is often a guide present to answer questions about the tower’s history as well as any questions about the flora and fauna on the mountain.
The trail up Mount Arab is short and moderately easy. The climbing either occurs gradually or with switchbacks to lessen the grade. There are a couple of steep sections, but overall it is a great hike for all ages. Its short distance and easy access also make it a great winter hike for those with snowshoes. At the top, enjoy the view and definitely check out the observer’s cabin museum if it is open!
To access the Mount Arab trailhead from Tupper Lake, follow route 3 in the direction of Piercefield. After a little over 7 miles, turn left on Conifer Road and follow it for just under 2 miles to Mount Arab Road, which will be on your left. After a mile on Mount Arab Road, the trailhead will be on your left, with parking on the 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.