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Firetower Challenge: Out of the 28 peaks listed with firetowers, at least 23 need to be completed. 18 of the Adirondack peaks and 5 located in Catskill. These must be documented by date. Can also complete challenge in winter. Patch is obtained through submitting the documented list, with notes, to ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter. Website for more information is www.adk.org, look for fire tower challenge. Peaks, Adirondack: Adams Mount Arab Azure Bald (Rondaxe) Belfry Black Blue Cathedral Rock Goodnow Gore Hadley Hurricane Loon Lake Lyon Owl's Head Pillsbury Poke-O-Moonshine Snowy Spruce St. Regis Stillwater Vanderwhacker Wakely Woodhull Peaks, Catskills: Balsam Lake Hunter Overlook Red Hill Tremper

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1 day ago

I really enjoyed this hike. my niece, 6 year old dog, and I hiked this in about an hour and a half. The hike was alittle strenuous on your calves going up, but once you got to the hotel it was worth it, from there the watchtower and overlook cliff is only .30 :).

very nice trail.challenging your at an steep incline tge whole way.watch your step you dont wanna fall. the view is worth it.

Great view from the fire tower. Quick and easy hike but enjoyable.

Nice hike path is clear and safe all the way up as far as hiking through rocks and such. Great views had a great time.

Tougher than I was expecting as it is a steady incline nearly the entire way. The view is absolutely worth the climb and the fire tower is incredible from the top. 2hrs roundtrip.

try to get this hike in once a year! love the view

This red line is not accurate. Either start at Shelving Rock trailhead or Sleeping Beauty trail head. Either way you will be walking Shelving Rock Rd to get back to your car which ever way you came from. The map here takes you around the summit of Sleeping Beauty but it is cooler to make it to the top there and there is a trail that goes down to Bumps Pond. From there its easy trail passing the other ponds Fishbrook, Millman and Lapland. This map doesn't show but when you go right towards Lapland you can keep going towards the trail head for black mountain. That way you can start the trip back going up Black Mt with a sweet view of Lake George to the north. The way down to is narrow windy and steep and then the trail down to Black Mt pt is soft but is a decent decline. You get to walk past a bunch of campsites on the lake. I turned to early and it was getting dark. It was pretty windy and I was beat after about 16/17 miles.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike for my family! Somewhat challenging for my 9 and 6 year old but nothing unattainable! The view at the top, including from the fire tower and the nearby bench were wonderful even on a hazy day! The trails were well marked and a nice blend of natural rocks, small slopes, tree roots, etc. Watch your step and you will be good!

Did it with my 4 and half year old daughter. The end of the trail is steep and combine with the half hour rain it will be an hard trip for my girl. We did it in aughust and we collected blueberry and raspberry. She did not like that the tower is close. Honestly, this hike was too hard for her. The last half on our way back she sleep in my arms. An apologyse father.

Been hiking snowy for 20 years, every time we come to Indian Lake. Took our ambitious 6 year old one year which was a bit much for him. Last part is a scramble and some friends we've taken have really struggled, but if you are in decent shape it is not hard. Views from fire tower are worth every step.

Fantastic trail. Hiked with 8 & 9 year old, they did great. Beautiful view.

hiking
5 days ago

This trail is relatively short and easy compared to most other ADK towers. It was worth the hike. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/sprucemountain/

5 days ago

Really nice trail
Scenery along the trail was just lovely
GPS sent us out of the way but we eventually found it
I would do it again if asked
So nice there

Did this hike a couple days ago, was great. Did it with two dogs they loved it. Only three other people logged in that day. Wasn’t too bad, took us about an hour 15 to get up and it’s a great trail to jog down.

This is a great hike with a great view and fire tower at the top. Not too difficult for a Saranac 6 peak. Great trail and rewarding.

Love this hike. Dislike the crowds.

Not too challenging of a hike. Good trails for pacing. The views from the fire tower were gorgeous.

The fire tower is a great reward at the end of the trail, but at some places there are slippery and/or loose rocks that make the way back down challenging. No plateaus or view points anywhere except at the top. Only a few very steep moments. With many water breaks and a 15 minute rest at the fire tower we clocked in at around 5 hours out and back. Best part was that it is mostly shaded the whole time which made the length bearable. Watch your footing as we did see a baby copperhead on the trail (surely mom was close by).

hike was great,as were the views, but the fire tower was locked when we reached the summit at around 430pm. I would have given it 5 stars if it was open

My husband and I did this hike on a beautiful Saturday. We started earlyish (8am) and saw about half a dozen people on our way up, about twenty at the summit, and a handful on the way down. All this to say we liked how less traveled this trail was! The first mile and a half are very easy hiking, it's the second half of the hike that really goes up up up! It took us about an hour and a half to summit. The fire tower at the top was awesome and the views were breathtaking. I would do this hike again!

first 2 miles are enjoyable with mostly hard packed dirt, roots, and occasional rocks. the last mile made me almost turn around...we had our boxer dog on leash and she needed to be lifted at times. toward the top it gets really hard to keep on trail. we missed trail to tower to find an even better lookout. on way down, we found tower. I would do this again, with more daylight to enjoy the amazing views. my app and watch said it was over 8 miles.

Was able to do the whole trail right around 2 hours up and down. Definitely a great trail for the short distance.

Great payoff at the top with a fire tower.

First 2/3 of hike is quite easy going. Last 1/3 was a steep incline to the fire tower. Very manageable for us. We had our 11 year old son and Boston terrier with us. Would definitely do it again! Beautiful view!

This is a nice quick day hike, not difficult at all. what great views at the top just wish the tower was open.

It was a challenge and there was a lot of lovely fauna to see including a fresh water spring. Nice views at the top and when you’re done you’ll feel like you had a good day in nature and have gotten some great exercise too.

This hike came as advertised. It was a kind of boring hike up, but the ruins are really cool, the views are great, and we saw a timber rattlesnake. My wife and I have only been getting serious about hiking for a few months and we finished in 2.5 hours, which included a few minutes chatting with some volunteers at the top. Overall,it was a great way to spend a morning.

Good easy hike with family and small dog!

Hiked this trail on 8-2-18. It is.not difficult for anyone in normal health I was with two 50 that were able to easily complete the trip.
The trail was well maintained. The views are very nice. There is some interesting moss hanging from the trees. More like something you’d see in Louisiana. The top was busy with people chatting and relaxing. The fire tower offered nice views to many lakes and ponds as well as the mountains. I had binoculars with me which mad viewing even better.
I would do this hike again.

Lovely hike! Steep at times, but worth the views at the top. Note that you can only see views from the fire tower, but there is a little area where you get a nice view.

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