Cathedral Rock is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Star Lake, New York that features a lake 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

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Nice easy, family friendly 2.0 mile RT hike to an Andirondack Firetower. Please note that the tower is currently closed due to COVID 19. 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.

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10 days ago

Nice hike but tower was closed Due to COVID-19

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12 days ago

Great and easy, family friendly hike. My husband and I did it with our 4 kids (7 ,5 ,2 & 9 months). Our 2 year old hiked the whole 1 mile up with a little assistance on some incline spots. There are two beautiful views. The best is the fire tower. It took us 1 hour and 45 mins for round trip.

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20 days ago

Nice easy hike with a decent view.

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7 months ago

Very calming hike. Peaceful. Great view fro. tower.

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7 months ago

Latham trail to the fire tower does exactly follow the trails listed on the map but is well worn, marked, and easy to follow. A very good hike for families. My two little girls really enjoyed themselves

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muddy
7 months ago

not that great of a trail, no view unless you go into firetower. was easy to hike but muddy

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7 months ago

beautiful fall colors

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muddy
7 months ago

great hike for kids, not the most exciting hike in the world

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8 months ago

Only confusing part was where to park Trail self explanatory and well marked, crosses many logging roads but walk straight and look for trail marker #10 On way up at marker or .8 advise you watch steps as rocks are wet and slippery, if you bring kids don’t let them get to far ahead View at tower is decent

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9 months ago

East, straight-forward hike through some new-growth forest. The forest is well maintained with a variety of plant and animal species. While I was there it was very quiet and paused every once in awhile to enjoy it. The most impressive part of this hike is the hike itself and not the view from the fire-tower itself (which is great). The pine trees stand tall and straight and while on the way to the cliff-face are impressive, the view of them on the way back as you descend back to the forest floor through the canopy is even more impressive. I enjoyed the group of bluejays were squawking and flying around as well as the chirping of the "angry" chipmunks! I found no need for a backpack. I just wore some boots and carried a thermos of water with me and was done in about an hour which includes plenty of sightseeing and pauses along the way. Please take note of the "Description" above as the directions to the trailhead are not evident on the way to the fire-tower at all. Also, read the sign at the trail-head as it tells you to follow the signs with the "10" on them. There are multiple trails through the forest.

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9 months ago

Great trail through a beautiful new-growth forest. Bulk of trail is an easy walk, then turns into a constant steep climb as you approach the fire tower. Cliffs with serious drops all the way up, be alert of your footing.

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9 months ago

Nice, easy hike with my 9 year old nephew. Lots of criss crossing trails, just follow the placards that say 10.

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9 months ago

Pretty trail, okay view.

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10 months ago

Great little trail. A bit of mud, but then it rained all the day before. I passed guys putting in a new bridge. There was only 1 tricky spot where you have to climb a bit of rock or go off trail. They have wood there to make steps so it won't be long before that is fixed. The view from the sheltered picknick table is great. The 360 view from the tower is amazing.

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10 months ago

Nice easy trial to follow, beautiful day. Great view at the fire tower.

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10 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike to a nice view! There’s a covered picnic table at the top for a snack break. Pretty views with very little work.

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Sun May 26 2019

The bugs are insane right now

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Fri May 24 2019

This was a great evening walk. Very easy and a little muddy in spots. the bugs weren't too bad as long as you kept moving. The dog is friendly!

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muddy
Fri May 24 2019

Even though it was foggy and misty today, I really enjoyed this hike. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was easy. I loved the picnic area on top and I look forward to a sunny day to return for picnic! The only reason I gave the hike 4 stars is because there are a few bridges/stairs where there are boards/steps missing.

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Sun May 12 2019

Great trail! Family friendly! My boys really enjoyed it! Nice views from the tower!

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Sat Apr 13 2019

Park at the Ranger School parking lot, and walk down past the gate you will pass when entering the lot. You will see a large wooden sign with a small trail marker, 10. That’s the beginning of the trail. It’s a nice easy hike, and nice views from the Tower. Well worth the trip!

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Fri Oct 19 2018

Great view from the fire tower!

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Thu Oct 11 2018

This was our 3rd fire tower, and by far the easiest. 80% of the trail on the way up is downhill. It was fun for my fire year old to see the road from the firetower, then try to find the firetower form the road on our way home. We also did the hike on national mushroom day, so that was the main focus of the hike (seeing who could find the most mushrooms. And there were a ton of different cool ones to see). If you are starting your child (or yourself) out hiking, this is a fantastic place to start.

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Mon Oct 08 2018

Nice, quick hike. Took less than a 1/2 hour for us to get to the top. Fire tower view was great. Bring a picnic lunch, as there is a nice area to eat at the top. We are working on the fire tower challenge.

Wed Sep 05 2018

Nice, easy hike! Fire tower is very well maintained and there is a nice overlook before you reach the tower with a picnic table.

Mon Aug 13 2018

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

Thu Jul 19 2018

Very easy hike to get in if you want a short one.

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Mon Jul 02 2018

Easy trail. No Cathedral Rock sign but follow the Latham Trail signs (Trail 10) from the Ranger School. The sign-in book is in the fire tower. On the trail, you come to a fork. Wasn’t sure which way to go but went left and was successful.

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Sat Jun 30 2018

Hiked on 6/30/18. Nice little hike, but I got stung by a wasp halfway up the tower so keep an eye out!

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Sun May 06 2018

Hiked on 5/5/2018. Road to trail was closed due to power lines down from storm. Had to walk 2 miles to reach the “10” trail that leads to Latham Trail for Cathedral Rock. Only about a mile long hike once on the trail. Part of SUNY ESF Ranger school. Very forestry and some cool cliffs and lightly trafficked. Once at the summit views were beautiful over looking 5 ponds wilderness. Fire tower was open!

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