Mount Arab

Mount Arab - Pure Adirondacks

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.

Trail Stats:

Distance 2 miles round-trip
Elevation 2,539 ft
Ascent 740 feet


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! 

Also, be sure to visit our Adirondack Fire Towers page if you're looking for more details and a full list of the towers. 



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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Extensively revised in 2021, this popular hiking guide to fire tower trails enables hikers, history buffs, and others fond of Adirondack and Catskill trails to visit and learn about 30 historic fire towers.

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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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