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DEC-Controlled Fire Towers are Closed to the Public
"DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers to the public. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails."
The Adirondack Fire Towers have a long history that dates back to the early 1900s. Once used as an observatory to detect forest fires, many of the towers now offer 360-degree summit views for hikers. To see a full list and details on each of the hikes to these ADK Fire Towers, click on the mountains in the table below:
|Rank||Mountain||Elevation (ft)||Miles (One Way)||Ascent|
|10||Loon Lake Mountain*||3355||2.8||1642|
|11||St. Regis Mountain||2882||3.4||1250|
|12||Owls Head Mountain||2748||3.1||1060|
*Please note that these towers are currently closed to the public.
If you enjoy hiking and want to make your way up to the summit where each of the fire towers are located, then the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge might be of interest to you. Created by the Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club, one must climb to the summit of at least 23 of the mountains that have fire towers between the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park.
Shop our collection of products featuring the Adirondack Fire Towers:
ADK Fire Tower History (Provided by the Adirondack Experience)
"Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore" (Book Review in the Adirondack Explorer)
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