Cathedral Rock

EASY 29 reviews

Cathedral Rock is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Star Lake, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
236 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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snowshoeing

Nice easy, family friendly 2.0 mile RT hike to an Andirondack Firetower This short 1+ mile hike to the summit has an overall elevation gain of only 200 feet. It's a hike the whole family can do and see a real fire tower. There are fantastic views from the tower.

Limited views from the fire tower. You can actually drive to the tower if you’re lazy, or like me, dumb enough to keep driving on the dirt roads because you’re lost lmao. I will be returning to complete the actual trail lol.

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30 days ago

Parking lot is further back from where it sends you keep driving until you see a parking lot on your left. Trail starts from the dirt road at beginning of parking lot. Follow decals labeled 10 and you will have no trouble. Nice easy walk until you find the Sign that says “Latham Trail enjoy your hike....” this is where you begin. Easy hike for beginners and families. Have Fun and Leave no trace.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy long way out to get to to do fire tower challenge but done not anything great if in area do but if not I would find better in the adk

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3 months ago

We were watching Solar Eclipse 2017 from the fire tower that is at the end of this trail!! Beautiful and easy hike!

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4 months ago

Excellent trail, very well maintained with historical displays at the top. Tower is completely restored. Follow Latham Trail or Ranger Trail 10 to reach the top.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Was a really easy hike. Note that there's a bit of a false summit with some signs warning not to get too close to the edge. After this point, although the trail on the ground is clearly visible, I felt like a trail marker was missing. The summit is only two minutes or so past the false summit, so continue further. On the way back, I took a separate, manicured path that was really nice. Ended up coming out near the basketball courts.

6 months ago

Easy hike but worth it

6 months ago

6 months ago

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

4/9/17~57, sunny, nice breezes, clear skies. 2.3 round trip. Hardly any snow left on the trail. Followed the #10 markers, once we got close to the top it was confusing which way to go. Took a left at the rock (you'll see the #10 marker) from the parking area, we followed a dirt road a little ways, entrance on your right. You might be able to enter the trail right from the parking area as I did see some trails. You'll come to 2-3 roads (intersections) stay straight to cross over them. Saw one other couple, no wildlife. Tower #9 completed!!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crazy easy. Thought we would be hiking for a bit more and then like most firetowers BAM, just there kind of hiding. Google maps are horrible sometimes though. The road you are looking for is right at the main entrance of the Ranger School. The road is actually labeled County Route 61. Turn onto and then take a slight left, then another left. A large wooden sign will appear on the left and underneath it a bit are two smaller attached signs that indicate a firetower trail ahead. Park in parking lot next to field. Cant miss it at that point. Trailhead visible from beginning on right of said parking lot. Super easy hike, follow the "10" markers carefully. Hour and a half in and out with plenty of stops to enjoy the sights and sounds.

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

It's a really easy hike, it climbs a bit in elevation in the last tenth of a mile, but nothing too extreme. The fire tower views are far from spectacular. One of the least climactic views out of the fire tower challenge hikes I've done thus far.
It's not horrible, but don't expect to be amazed.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Great hike very easy. Ok view but was hazy and humid. Sure it would be better in fall.