Adirondack Fire Towers

The fire towers of the Adirondacks 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 details on each of the hikes to these 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 Woodhull Mountain 2365 7.5 N/A
19 Bald Mountain 2350 1.0 390
20 Stillwater Mountain 2264 0.9 530
21 Kane Mountain 2180 0.9 570
22 Poke-O-Moonshine 2174 2.25 1450
23 Spruce Mountain 2009 1.2 1011
24 Belfry Mountain 1840 0.4 137
25 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 of the mountains that have fire towers between the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park.