Shelburne Fire Tower

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Shelburne Fire Tower is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,049 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

bugs

15 days ago

Moderate hike, steep at different points, but doable and quick overall. There are maps at the trailhead bulletin board for a small donation. The views from the top of the tower are limited to what you can see out of the narrow windows, but worthwhile! As many have mentioned, bug spray is a must!

16 days ago

A very nice little hike, about 3 miles round trip. Not much for views at the top, unless you go in the tower. Conveniently located off of route 2, but surprisingly quiet soon after you get away from the highway noise. We were lucky to be there on a cool, dry day with few mosquitoes, but I would highly recommend tick repellant. I would definitely do it again!

hiking
22 days ago

Great quickie hike. I had 60 min with my wife waiting at the trailhead with her broken ankle so had to boogie. The trail is nice, you can move. Spooked a black bear near the junction of the other trail down. Pretty cool seeing a bear! Made it to the top not realizing they're be such a treat, a nice stone tower with the front door open. Kind of welcoming and spookie at the same time. Made it to the top without succumbing to Maxwell's silver hammer! I was alone, you think about these things. Great views up there! Get out and do this hike, now!

hiking
2 months ago

This trail actually climbs to the top of Massaemett Mountain and the stone fire tower. (The map is incorrect. It has not been called Bald Mountain for around 100 years and at the top you will see why.) There are two new switchbacks near the bottom of the trail, currently painted with orange trail blazes. The orange trail is a less steep route, but slightly longer and connects at three points with the white tower trail. The orange trail is also a tree identification interpretive trail. This trail also connects to the Audubon's High Ledges (near the "M" in Massaemett at the end of what they show as a road) by following the Ridge Trail and also to their parking lot.

Things to consider: This trail is on a West facing slope, so it can be a hot climb on a summer afternoon. Spray for ticks. Please turn your vehicle around on Halligan Ave near the trailhead. (It is a dead end road and the neighbors at the end of the road become irritated with hikers turning around in their driveway.)

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a vigorous hike, but the bugs were miserable even with bug spray!

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Monday, October 13, 2014