Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

HARD 10 reviews
#39 of 175 trails in

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.

5.8 miles
1738 feet
Out & Back






over grown


3 days 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.

3 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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