Cathedral Rock is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Star Lake, NY and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.
Nice easy, family friendly 2.0 mile RT hike to an Andirondack Firetower This short 1+ mile hike to the summit has an overall elevation gain of only 200 feet. It's a hike the whole family can do and see a real fire tower. There are fantastic views from the tower.
Crazy easy. Thought we would be hiking for a bit more and then like most firetowers BAM, just there kind of hiding. Google maps are horrible sometimes though. The road you are looking for is right at the main entrance of the Ranger School. The road is actually labeled County Route 61. Turn onto and then take a slight left, then another left. A large wooden sign will appear on the left and underneath it a bit are two smaller attached signs that indicate a firetower trail ahead. Park in parking lot next to field. Cant miss it at that point. Trailhead visible from beginning on right of said parking lot. Super easy hike, follow the "10" markers carefully. Hour and a half in and out with plenty of stops to enjoy the sights and sounds.
It's a really easy hike, it climbs a bit in elevation in the last tenth of a mile, but nothing too extreme. The fire tower views are far from spectacular. One of the least climactic views out of the fire tower challenge hikes I've done thus far.
It's not horrible, but don't expect to be amazed.
Great hike very easy. Ok view but was hazy and humid. Sure it would be better in fall.
Very easy trail. Well marked. Follow the #10 trail signs to the top and make sure to sign the book in the fire tower. Ok views from the top but worth the trip.
Very easy trail and well marked.
Yay Ranger School
Parking was confusing at first but keep going and follow the signs. There's a small baseball field you can park in the lot next to it. Go up the dirt road a little bit and then follow the signs for the tower trail all marked with 10's. The hike is worth the view from the top of the tower. Would recommend.
There's nothing on the campus giving you direction to the tower. The trail crosses jeep trails and isn't hard to transverse at all. It's a short quick walk to the tower. The views of Cranberry Lake were nice. There's picnic tables close to the tower if you choose to bring food with you and you want a place to eat. The trail had no really good views.
This is an incredibly easy "climb" (the quotes are there because, honestly, there's very little climbing involved), presuming you can find the trail. My first trip there resulted in me wandering around the Ranger School campus (where the tower/ Cathedral Rock is located) with little direction. The Fire Tower book was little help, and the staff on campus really weren't sure exactly how one would find the fire tower. After wandering various Jeep trails for an hour, I gave up. When I returned the 2nd time, I returned with better directions from a friend and found the trail (#10) marked "Latham Fire Tower Trail." Follow that all the way up, and you will get to the fire tower. The tower is nice, with a moderately nice view of Cranberry Lake, but nothing to write home about. The good news is that there is very little "hiking" involved or elevation gain, so this is a great one for folks of all skill levels to get out there and experience a fire tower!