Azure Mountain Firetower

MODERATE 87 reviews
#29 of 184 trails in

Azure Mountain Firetower is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waverly, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

historic site

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked 6/19/18. Short trail but pretty steep! Loved the nice little open summit and restored fire tower. The views were absolutely spectacular from the tower and the summit. Took approximately 1 1/2 hrs round trip. 23rd fire tower.

hiking
10 days ago

A beautiful, easy jaunt with a great view.

hiking
14 days ago

Picture two out of shape Moms, an almost 8-year-old boy, and a 9-year-old girl. Moms were dying. This was a very steep hike from the get go. We made several stops just to catch our breath, and a few more stops to sit and rest. The kids, however? Well obviously they ran to the top, annoyed with us for making them stop to wait for us. Once we reached the summit, it was so worth it. This summit has some amazing views! We did talk with the steward and the kids received cards with their name and date as a keepsake. We climbed the firetower to find even better views! We did spend quite a bit of time at the summit, and yet it was just about two hours total hiking time. I hadn’t seen this mentioned in other reviews, but there is an outhouse in the parking area, but no other facilities, so bring supplies with you.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike. It was a beautiful day. A few bugs in the woods but not too bad. Only a couple muddy spots.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great season hike! Slightly muddy, very steep in places I recommend spikes. Fire tower view is amazing especially to the southeast.

1 month ago

Great trail to start the year off

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. A little slippery and muddy right now but worth the climb.

2 months ago

Easy 600 vertical over a mile up to a refurbished fire towel. Easy parking some ice and an inch of fresh snow made an enjoyable couple of hours. Cabin is open and blocks the wind for views of northern NYS

6 months ago

Hiked Thanksgiving day. Saw one young lady and a hunter. Completely socked in as she called it and she was right. At 3:00pm there was not one view to be had. Left a few stones and crystals Ive been waiting to place up there for years and quickly made my exit. Will be back for views. Bring traction. Winter is here for sure.

7 months ago

This was my first mountain hiking and it was beautiful ! Steep but no to bad, it was all worth it!!!

8 months ago

Was a great hike . The view on top of mountain was Beautiful . I climbed my first Fire Tower here today !

8 months ago

great hike....harder than Arab, but very doable....we are far from experienced hikers....go and enjoy the view...especially in the fall

8 months ago

great ride.....

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! I would say this is the best bang for your buck among all of the fire tower trails we've done so far. It took us ~45 minutes to climb up. Trail is pretty steep but not difficult. It just keeps going up!
Not very wet and had great views from both the tower and the rock face summit. Would hike again!

hiking
9 months ago

Never found the trail. What a disappointment.

hiking
10 months ago

Relatively quick hike with a nice view. Unfortunately the fire tower was being painted and was closed today. It has been a wet summer, so the trail is pretty wet and muddy in quite a few places. Definitely recommend proper footwear!

hiking
10 months ago

Hard to find...I thought.. sign says Deer trail ... but eventually I found it. Nice hike, beautiful vista at the top! Moderately steep at points... wet sections as well! But a good day!

hiking
11 months ago

The trail is well maintained. It is suitable for families with small children. There are only about two spots that are tricky when wet. It took my son and I that are somewhat athletic less than two hours round trip with ample time to enjoy the view at the top. There was a volunteer present on the weekend at the summit that gave us a ticket/keepsake showing that we completed the climb. The fire tower was in good repair which provide an additional perspective.

hiking
11 months ago

Easier every time.

Amazing views!

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

This trail is very well maintained. There are only two or three spots that are slightly tricky when wet if you are towing a baby. If you go slow, it is completely doable. I did the entire mountain barefoot just for the heck of it.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pretty easy. First hike of the season wearing my toddler and I didn't realize how much bigger he is now. Bugs were bad but that's to be expected this time of year. Amazing view at the top!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Good bang for your buck. Me and my three year old daughter did this in about an hour. Tower is nice and has great views. Not difficult at all.

hiking
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Gorgeous 180 degree views from the peak. Stunning 360 degree view from the fire tower. An extremely great, yet challenging hike for being under 3,000 ft. Car to summit took 35 min for the out of shape me and my girlfriend.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great hike and amazing views. Fire tower at the summit has incredible views also

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Quick, steep hike. Nice vistas on top in the spring. Hiked in 2001, fire tower was closed at the time.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

This trail is not hard at all, it's short and one of the easier firetower hikes. Great view; saw some Ravens soaring around the cliffs at the top. The trail is isolated though, no matter which direction you're coming from you'll have to drive several miles on a rough, unpaved road. Nothing crazy, it's doable with 2WD, you'll just have to drive slow.

hiking
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I completed this hike as a part of the Firetower Challenge. In mid-November, I found the trail in relatively good shape, muddy and slick in places, but not overly difficult. This ascent is labeled as difficult, however it is relatively easy compared to some in the Adirondacks-- a strenuous hike to the top none the less. The one-mile trail was relatively short, offering an amazing view of the ST. Regis Canoe Wilderness area from the top. Make sure to bring your rock to offer it up to the rock pile at the summit! Overall a great hike and worth the effort.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Was a cardio straight up hike. View at the top was worth it.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Loved it. Went with my kids (10 and 7). Strenuous and lots of breaks, but definitely worth it!

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

My favorite trail close to the school. Don't forget to bring a rock to the summit. The summit undergoes some erosion.

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