Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

HARD 6 reviews
#65 of 176 trails in

Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vermontville, NY that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

5.8 miles 1686 feet Out & Back






over grown


15 days ago

I hiked this newly opened firetower trail during peak leaf season. Although I had a light rain at the beginning, this hike proved to be a pretty spectacular view, full of colors and a panoramic view of the Debar Wilderness area of upstate NY. The trail begins off of Rt 26 near Loon Lake, and follows a short distance via a herd trail to a logging trail and follows this road to the foot of the Loon Lake Mountains. AT mile 2, you begin the steady ascent up a draw to the summit-- not difficult and the trail is reasonably in good condition. Remnants of phone wire and telephone poles can still be seen along the trail. The Firetower itself is in bad shape and unaccessible. but the views from the rocky outcrop were incredible during peak leaf season. They should definitely add this firetower to the challenge!
Total distance RT 6.6 miles in ~ 3.5-4 hours
exactly 3.0 miles to the summit with an 1631 ft ascent. max summit elevation of 3324 ft by my garmin....overall a great hike with a good views for the effort.

2 months ago

Great 3hour hike for 2 x 23 years old males. The first half is soft but beware of the 2nd half.
View is amazing BUT the firetower is broken so not accessible.
WARNING to out of shape people : do not attempt if you are overweight or have kids because that last 30 minutes is gonna kill you.

5 months ago

This was a great hike! Got a little challenging toward the end but the view was worth it!

11 months ago

Great hike for all and not too many hikers. Another Hidden gem

2 years ago

First hike in many years. The last section is pretty steep for beginners but a great day was had. Only met one other hiker and had the summit to ourselves.

Fire Tower not accessible