Spruce Mountain Firetower

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Spruce Mountain Firetower is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Porter Corners, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles 1026 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

blowdown

over grown

Small hike to the firetower summit The 73 foot fire tower on the 2009 foot summit of Spruce Mountain was built in 1928 and manned until 1988. The summit is accessible by a gated service road and a 1.2 mile hiking trail. The trail has downfall and the remains of past logging operations. This area was heavily logged in the past. The trail crosses an old concrete culvert over a stream then immediately climbs. The total elevation gain 1000 feet over this 1.2 mile hike. The trail can be tough to follow at times with many old logging roads crossing the trail. The trail is marked sometimes with red DEC discs. Tough to follow in winter - sled trail runs west of DEC trail to summit, slightly longer. The trail crosses land used by the Blue Jay Hunting Club on a lease from International Paper, so hiking is not recommended during hunting season (late September through early December)

1 hour ago

Fun hike with my 7 year old. Tower was impressive, not sure how high, but it's got to be close to 100 feet

hiking
1 day ago

Nice trail. Stabil ice cleats were perfect for the conditions. many animal tracks. View from top of tower was awesome. Was communicating in tower with daughter passing through Blue Ridge mtns. nice.

snowshoeing
1 day ago

14 days ago

well marked, little bit of ice.

hiking
14 days ago

I enjoyed this hike. Plan on bringing my kids in the summer months.. too icy right now.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike to get back in the groove - micro-spikes required as of 22-Jan-17. Warmer weather has made the streams/run-offs very active and add to the beauty.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike but was surprised to learn that it is in fact not open during hunting season. Easy firetower checkmark.

3 months ago

4 months ago

My kids and I hiked this trail together. It was a constant incline, but not a terrible one. We had a nice time. Going up the fire tower was fun and our first one. the view was extraordinary.

4 months ago

Awesome autumn views from the tower. The trail is a little under marked on the way up, in my opinion. Good for beginners, moderate, trail gets pretty narrow in spots. No water so you can do sneakers. View from tower is pretty spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
4 months ago

Moderate hike with a few steep spots. This is a new trail so it has some narrow spots with a lot of roots. To get decent views from the top you have to go up the firetower.

4 months ago

we really enjoyed this area, great hike moderate just because it's mostly uphill, but absolutely beautiful wooded area, and fire tower at top was really neat to lookout from. All in all we had a great time would do again for sure.

4 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. It rained last night, so some spots were slippery. The only view is from the fire tower but it is a lovely view. Trail is very easy to follow and large parking area at trail head. Only took about an hour and a half round trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Quick and easy firetower hike. Trail was empty on a tues in sept, although when I finished, people were coming for a late afternoon hike. The only views are in the firetower.