Adirondack Fire Towers

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:

Adirondack Fire Towers

Rank Mountain Elevation (ft) Miles (One Way) Ascent
1 Snowy Mountain 3904 3.8 2100
2 Lyon Mountain 3830 3.4 1900
3 Blue Mountain 3759 2.5 1560
4 Wakely Mountain 3744 3.2 1636
5 Hurricane Mountain 3694 2.6 2000
6 Pillsbury Mountain 3597 1.6 1300
7 Gore Mountain* 3583 5.0 2590
8 Mount Adams 3520 2.5 1700
9 Vanderwhacker Mountain 3386 2.9 1700
10 Loon Lake Mountain* 3355 2.8 1642
11 St. Regis Mountain 2882 3.4 1250
12 Owls Head Mountain 2748 3.1 1060
13 Goodnow Mountain 2685 1.9 1050
14 Hadley Mountain 2680 2.0 1530
15 Black Mountain* 2665 2.5 N/A
16 Mount Arab 2539 0.8 740
17 Azure Mountain 2518 1.0 1000
18 Buck Mountain 2400 1.2 500
19 Woodhull Mountain 2365 7.5 N/A
20 Bald Mountain 2350 1.0 390
21 Stillwater Mountain 2264 0.9 530
22 Kane Mountain 2180 0.9 570
23 Poke-O-Moonshine 2174 2.25 1450
24 Spruce Mountain 2009 1.2 1011
25 Swede Mountain 1900 0.9 240
Belfry Mountain
27 Cathedral Rock 1700 1.0 200

*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 fire tower summits: 18 of 25 Adirondack Park summits and all 5 Catskill Park summits. Climbing each tower is not required, nor is it recommended for those towers that need additional restoration measures for safe public use.

Download the Challenge Brochure

External Resources

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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Poster | Adirondack Fire Tower - Pure Adirondacks
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Poster | Adirondack Fire Tower

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Adirondack fire towers are often steeped with history and stand as a tradition for many people.  Perched on the summits of some incredible mountains, many of the towers that were once used as observatories to detect forest fires now offer breathtaking 360 degree views for hikers.  The fire tower on Hurricane Mountain has a magnificent view of the High Peaks, one that is certainly worth every step taken on the trail.  This vintage poster depicts a beautiful sunrise as seen from Hurricane Mountain.

  • Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
  • Matte finish
  • Giclée-printed on archival, acid-free paper
  • Unframed version is rolled & shipped in rigid cardboard mailing tube

Framed version (when available)

    • Lightweight
    • Solid Black
    • Made of Alder (semi-hardwood)
    • Acrylic Front Protector (covers framed print)
    • 0.75" Thick Frame
    • Hanging Hardware Included

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews

Amazing print. Love the colors and my wife loved it as a Christmas gift. She loves the fire tower hikes and now she can’t wait to get back to the Adirondacks!

Nice poster

I was excited to get the poster and it arrived quickly. I just wish the frame was a bit nicer for the cost.

Marie-laure Choquet-Laniel
Love it!

Everything about this poster is great! The texture, colors, the design... For sure i’ll get an other one! Can wait to fix it on the wall!

Rachael Everleth

Absolutely gorgeous! Printed and sent out quickly.

Rachel K.

Poster looks amazing! Evan was extremely helpful and friendly when the shipping info wasn't available. Product still arrived in a very reasonable time frame and was immediately hung up to display.