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Cathedral Rock [CLOSED] 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.

Length2 miElevation gain236 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingSnowshoeingForestLakeViewsWildlifeSnowClosed
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Note: All trails and the fire tower are closed to the public while students are on campus due to COVID-19. 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.

About 8 miles West of Cranberry Lake on NY 3, take the road to Wanakena (large sign at junction "The Ranger School"). After 1.2 miles take the road to your left, it's posted "Ranger School 1.2 miles", and drive to its end and the Ranger School entrance. Drive straight into the campus on the left road (your going north) and go to the NW corner (at your left) and a large parking lot next to a sports field. Park here. At the entrance to the parking there is a gated gravel road on your right, hike past this gate for about 200 feet. The trailhead is on your right, signed "Latham Trail to Fire Tower".

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Steve Brewer II
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Great hike, did it at the end of July. Beautifully maintained trail with some junctions that were confusing but we completed it okay. Tower was closed but had a good view from the shelter at the top. Trail has since closed to the public

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Ness X
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Please note that currently, due to COVID-19, all trails on the Ranger School campus/Dubuar Forest (including the fire tower) are CLOSED to the public while students are on campus. I will suggest a description edit/post again, when this changes. Access to the Cranberry 50 trail is still open.

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Alina Simerzin
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The entrance is closed to the public. No access.

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Linda Lidell
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained trail. Fire tower was closed. Views are limited to 2 lookouts.

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Alicia Pakusch
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Betheny Jennings
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HikingGreat!

I have done this trail in the winter and summer months. Trail is fairly easy with some switchbacks once you get to the top. Fire tower gives off great views! Trail is also marked very well

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Brice Griffin
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HikingGreat!

Nice little hike with the family today including our 2 dogs. One is a French Bulldog and he did it ok. Great hike for a family! Trail very well maintained. 6th down for our Fire Tower Challenge!

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Crosby Woods
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A nice easy walk that leads to a spectacular vista. Even though the fire tower is closed, there are still great views to the south. It's worth a visit for anyone visiting the Cranberry Lake area.

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Jim Whittemore
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HikingGreat!

Catching up on past trails this week ... Completed July 28. First hike starting out or week in the ADKs. This was fairly easy with no problems. The bugs were not much of a problem. I tend to attract horseflies but only a couple found me briefly. The tower was closed and overgrown so not much of a view there. Going back a short distance was a shelter/pavilion that offered a great view and chance to relax. I found humor along the way with the warning signs. I know they are there to point out hazards but ... we are climbing the side of the mountain. This was a fun start to our week.

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James Porter
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Caitlin Mahan
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Hiked this trail late afternoon today with two dogs. A bit muddy from the rain last night but manageable. Tower is closed at the moment but views from the pavilion are stunning!

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Jenise Fortunato
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Stopped in here for a quick leg stretch in my way to Lake Placid. Surprisingly dry even after the storms last weekend. Fire Tower closed. Nice little meander in the woods. Easy stuff. Bugs were out and annoying . No bites.

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Kelly Hite
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Without the view from the fire tower, it’s very meh

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Laurel Flanagan
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Nice little hike on this rainy morning. Slippery on the wood bridges and stairs. Tower stairs are closed but nice view from picnic spot.

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Victoria Ross
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Nice quick hike. A little buggy, but not horrendous. Fire tower is still closed as of 7/5/20, even though some other fire towers within the ADK fire tower challenge have reopened.

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Dennis McGlaughlin
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HikingBugs

Excellent hike for the Fourth. Easy enough for the whole family, but with enough to be interesting to those who hike more regularly.

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Daniel Hunter
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Nice hike but tower was closed Due to COVID-19

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Sarah Morseman
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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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Cindy Coones
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Nice easy hike with a decent view.

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Shane Holmes
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HikingGreat!

Our second time to this Fire Tower. This was a three Fire tower day ( Goodnow, Arab, Cathedral Rock). Trail had a couple of inches of snow on it. Nice easy trek to the fire tower.

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

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Rob Gates
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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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Megan Elizabeth
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HikingMuddy

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

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Kevin Burgess
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beautiful fall colors

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Justin Spring
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HikingMuddy

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

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J D
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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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Michael Buck
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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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Micky-Kayla Parker
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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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