Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

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Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vermontville, New York that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles
1686 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






over grown


6 months ago

A great hike. Secluded. Remote feeling. Fairly typical hike, the closer you are to the summit, the steeper the trail gets. 4 hours round trip with half an hour on the summit.

7 months ago

Originally thought we were hoping Debar. this mountain has a long incline up and not suitable for beginners. about 2.5 miles in, we were not seeing an end nor an and to incline. very challenging hike.

8 months ago

A secluded, quiet hike (on a weekday, at least), which I enjoyed. The top half was wet with slippery rocks, but it's been a wet season. It's a shame the tower is off limits, as the western (I believe) view is blocked by trees at the top.

9 months ago

Nice little hike with some worthwhile views. Jogged the first 2 miles on the road and trail and only had to slow down for the steep up at the end. Our gps clocked this at exactly 5.8 miles as stated, not sure why other people say it's longer. 1.5 hour round trip

9 months ago

Really great view at the top; could see pretty far to the east towards Vermont. Firetower is not climbable.
The hike to get there is mostly gradual until the last mile or so. From the parking area, the trail immediately joins a road, you go right on the road for a short while and then the trail goes off to the left. Soon you join another road and again go right on this road for a while. Much of the hike passes through a heavily-logged area so its not that attractive. The trail again goes to the left off the second road and makes its way to the summit. Saw lots of wildlife; including a fisher and hundreds of butterflies licking the minerals on the road. Also saw lots of moose tracks.

9 months ago

This is a really rewarding hike. I'm not a big hiker and this was the first hard hike I've ever done. I was doing fine until the last mile or half mile. It gets pretty steep with a lot of rocks towards the top. Other than that, there's a beautiful view and it was definitely worth the work!

10 months ago

Completed as part of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Incredible views, definitely worth the hike. As others have stated below, the hike is more like 7.5 miles round trip and is very challenging the last 3/4 of a mile or so.

Note: Rangers/DEC staff recently cleared many down trees and the trail itself is in great shape.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

This. Hike. Sucked.
Not because of the views or the fact that the fire tower was out of service when I went...but because I was an idiot and didn't break in my new hiking boots prior to this hike. The hike is hard, it's rating is accurate. I am overweight and new to hiking, but this one was a serious kick in the butt. The views are gorgeous and worth the effort, just make sure you have plenty of water and comfortable hiking boots.

The trail is well maintained, but the initial walk to get to the trail is kind of weird. It's a bushy kind of beginning to the register and then you're walking on a service road (?) or a road that you can tell have been driven on by someone, for a decent amount of time. The hike was longer than this app describes, so don't be surprised if you're on there for a while longer than you would anticipate.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

I hiked this newly opened firetower trail during peak leaf season. Although I had a light rain at the beginning, this hike proved to be a pretty spectacular view, full of colors and a panoramic view of the Debar Wilderness area of upstate NY. The trail begins off of Rt 26 near Loon Lake, and follows a short distance via a herd trail to a logging trail and follows this road to the foot of the Loon Lake Mountains. AT mile 2, you begin the steady ascent up a draw to the summit-- not difficult and the trail is reasonably in good condition. Remnants of phone wire and telephone poles can still be seen along the trail. The Firetower itself is in bad shape and unaccessible. but the views from the rocky outcrop were incredible during peak leaf season. They should definitely add this firetower to the challenge!
Total distance RT 6.6 miles in ~ 3.5-4 hours
exactly 3.0 miles to the summit with an 1631 ft ascent. max summit elevation of 3324 ft by my garmin....overall a great hike with a good views for the effort.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great 3hour hike for 2 x 23 years old males. The first half is soft but beware of the 2nd half.
View is amazing BUT the firetower is broken so not accessible.
WARNING to out of shape people : do not attempt if you are overweight or have kids because that last 30 minutes is gonna kill you.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

This was a great hike! Got a little challenging toward the end but the view was worth it!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Great hike for all and not too many hikers. Another Hidden gem

Friday, August 08, 2014

First hike in many years. The last section is pretty steep for beginners but a great day was had. Only met one other hiker and had the summit to ourselves.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fire Tower not accessible

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