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snowshoeing
18 hours ago

awesome winter hike!

So far this is my favorite fire tower hike!

The hike was nice and easygoing as we just needed microspikes for this hike. There was a little ice in places but very doable. You could see the snowmobilers riding across the lake.

My wife and I Hiked on this trail on 1/3/19, it was her first winter mountain climb. It had all the makings of a great adventure! I loved the water crossings, lots of blowdown and it definitely felt like a slog near the top, although we only made it to 3444’ and decided to turn around after the post-holing became too much and we started to lose day light.
If you plan to hike this in winter make sure you have at minimum micro spike and trekking poles to deal with all the ice/ water crossings
I’m originally from about an hr from this trailhead and I will absolutely be back to bag this one!!!

hiking
15 days ago

Easy Hike. Did this hike about 13 years ago in the summer time. We were in the area for a blue grass festival. The views were amazing, and the weather was awesome. We even saw a baby cub about 50 yards away on the trail.

Hiked 8/19/18. Enjoyable hike with a few neat things to see along the way...an old state police radio repeating station...the foundation and steps still obvious, an old 1900's horse barn with some beautiful pale/pink birch trees nearby, and an old creepy (filled) stone well. My favorite spot was a small slab stone clearing to the right of the trail, nearing the summit, where, in warmer weather, its buzzing with beautiful dragonfies. You can sit on the stone and they just zig and zag over your heads! Ive never seen so mamy in one place.

Hiked in 8/18/18. Id consider this hike pretty difficult. It kicked my 13 year old sons butt! Saw some neat mushrooms along the way but nothing overly spectacular, in comparison to some of the other memorable firetower trails. Great workout, but your eyes are on the ground the majority of the way because of the extremely rocky terrain. We had to stop mutiple times along the way because this hike works your legs!

Hiked 8/19/18. Blue is my favorite firetower hike so far! It was crazy steep and very rocky the majority of the way. Once you near the top, the entire environment is well worth it! I loved how green, and mossy and fresh it became , after a good deal of hiking over steep sheets of flat stone. The variety of mushrooms was phenominal and beautiful. The views, in places along the way were amazing! At times, when we thought we had finally made it, the trail would bend and just kept going. Other hikers along the way shared the same sentiments. Still A hike I wouldnt mind doing again.

On 8/18 We hiked up the North trail which was rather muddy and returned via the East Trail. Lots of cool boulders and rock formations along the way. Little dissapointed in the condition of the cabin and the amount of trash we found right at the tower steps. Minimal views, other than from the tower. Otherwise, nice wide open spaces to rest and eat. The East trail was a quick return to the parking area.

hiking
16 days ago

What an awesome hike, not too easy, not too hard. We wore crampons due to slightly icy conditions, but probably could have done without. Views from the tower were awesome. Did not realize it was an interpretive hike so we were curious about the signs. Now we know. Might do again next fall to take in the foliage.

Be prepared for icy trials. Overall great winter hike.

The trail was gorgeous!, definitely a good workout and micro spikes a must. Stunning views from the fire tower

Nice easy to moderately easy hike with a nice tower at the top. We took the south trail up and north trail down and it was icy and snow covered on 12/30. Micro spikes needed for trip down, lots of running water on lower section of north trail as well. We were up and down in less than 2 hours, with a good 20 minutes at the top for photos.

Easy hike for very nice views. Rain makes it a little more annoying though! Never rush your descent in the rain. Some nice bald face rock towards the top, fun to walk along the ridge. Great for new hikers!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

12/19/18, clear blue skies, no wind and 18 degrees at 10:30 am. The parking lot was full, but nobody on the fire tower trail. There was about 2” of fresh snow so the going was easy. About 1/4 mile before I got to the tower I lost the markers (lots of snow on the trees) so I bushwhacked it to the top.
Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. This is Fire Tower #20 for me. Nine more to go.

We hiked 12/17. Lots of snow on the trail but spikes made it doable. Definitely would rate a bit more than moderate. Took us 3.5 hours from car to summit and back. Definitely a steep summit but worth it. Super cloudy and snowy today so no view for us but it was a very rewarding hike. Marked well the entire way.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

was an amazing hike with awesome views and short enough for a quick afternoon

hiking
1 month ago

Unable to reach by car after Dec 1. Snowmobile access only.

hiking
1 month ago

Another incredible firetower. This is the tallest in the Adirondacks at 3,899' (only 101' from being a High Peak). I chose to hike it in tough snowy conditions to give its name some respect (and so glad I did)!! The first 2.5mi are a walk in the woods; easy. The last mile, and especially the last 0.5mi, were grueling in the heavy snow. Some steep sections to finish strong.

If you're hiking Snowy in the winter under harsh conditions, be prepared for deep snow. Coming down can be extra difficult when your weight punches thru the top layer. You'll be knee deep many times, just be careful. Snowshoes can be used, but they can be a burden on steep sections. I wore mini spikes & did fine. Enjoy!

Unable to reach by car after Dec 1. Snowmobile access only. Nearest parking is 4mi from trailhead.

I'll continue the theme of 'spectacular' and 'stunning'! Today the trees were heavy snow covered and the firetower ice blasted. Come with some spikes, and be prepared for the firetower wind. Find yourself a clear morning and enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Great half day hike. This recorded trip doesn’t completely match the way the trail blazes lead. Lots of snow and ice on the trail. Did this on 12/8

Spectacular hike! Snow covered trails and heavy snow and ice draped pine trees made this a winter wonderland... amazing views at the top ..makes for a terrific sunrise hike. Spikes are a must!

winter was in full swing, the road is not being plowed so be prepared for extra mileage. god bless the the ten people who broke the way Saturday. the old trail was not broken out and i like the switch backs on the new trail. toward the top if you leave the trail 3 feet deep. took us 5 hours up 2 hours and 10 minutes down. we met the group that maintained the trail thanks for your service. excellent day you know that you earned this one.

Took me 4.5 hours total in snowy conditions. Excellent views on top + you can climb the tower for even better views. Trail is well-traveled and very well marked. Parking is plowed. There was 12-18 in of snow today. Spikes were not required, but snowshoes yes (to not damage the trail).

This was TOUGH! (Rating is accurate). My heart beat 100 miles a minute as it was all uphill! But I made it, glad I did. Had a great time with niece, nephews and neighbor! Glad I can say been there done that!

Awesome views!!! Really bummed about the communication tower. However, it did sound like a passing helicopter, HA! It was a very nice hike, other than that. The stream is just beautiful. It was very wet today, maybe it’s not always like that, but we didn’t mind at all. We just changed socks at the top and we were all just fine. Trail was easy to follow and will be back in the summer.

Hiked on November 3rd. Absolutely beautiful trail. A couple tricky mini scrambles, that would've been less tricky if they we're as wet and slippery. Views are amazing, as expected. A bit of snow closer to the top.

An exceptionally beautiful area and stunning views. The tower and summit were frozen and with ice along the upper parts of the trail on the rock scrambles, microspikes are a necessity. A great hike all around.

A great hike that would’ve been a lot easier had it not been for the frequent mud jumping. The views from the tower were stunning and I even saw a guy hiking in sandals

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