Lyon Mountain Firetower Trail

MODERATE 254 reviews

Lyon Mountain Firetower Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyon Mountain, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,922 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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One of the tougher Firetower hikes with two options to the summit that offers full 360 degree views. Lyon Mountain, at 3830 feet, is the highest point in Clinton County and the highest point north of the Saranac River. It is located in the northeastern part of Adirondack Park, west of Plattsburgh, NY in the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest. There is a new 3.4 mile trail that winds its way to the summit and fire tower. The trail has an overall elevation gain of 1900 feet over the 3.4 miles. The old trail is shorter (2.5 m each way) and steeper. The hike is long but you are rewarded with a 360 degree view from the fire tower. Views all the way to Montreal to the north, the Green Mountains and Vermont to the East and the high peaks to the south.

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snow
5 days ago

We took the new trail with crampons. Ascension in 1h50. The trail is well signposted and quite typed. Rackets not needed, lots of rocks and ice on the surface. The road to get to the start is passable, but we almost got stuck up. Nice top but no view because of a cloudy veil, unfortunately.

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muddy
snow
19 days ago

On November 23, beautiful hiking! No need for a racket and few crampons! A lot of jelly mud but that sinks! Excellent condition and excellent weather too! We took the new path and it goes slowly except for the last km. We could have climbed the coast by car to park but we left it at the main path so our hike totaled 15.8 km!

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19 days ago

Beautiful winter-like day! We were unsure about getting to the parking area as it is an unmaintained road, so we parked on the main highway. This added about 2 miles total to our hike. Trail was packed enough with a little snow on top of that. We wore microspikes the whole way with no problem....took the newer trail in and out....easy trail with many switchbacks. The older trail did not have much travel, so we did not attempt it on the descent. Summit was completely socked in, so no views. The wind and frigid temperatures at the summit only allowed us about a 2 min stay for pictures only! Overall, great trail and awesome day!

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

Very nice hike that rises gently but regularly, vegetation changes throughout. A little muddy in places, very few people, beautiful view at the top. There was snow!

Great hike very well marked

Don’t stop at the fire tower, there’s a great sunset view further out.

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
2 months ago

Recorded up and back to car. Nice views and OLD trail

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike. little muddy. Beautiful view

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muddy
2 months ago

Hiked yesterday with my dog. The parking area was packed when we got there around noon. We did the new trail, and didn’t encounter too many other people until about a mile from the summit, at which point it was very congested. The trail is really moderate. It took us 2 hrs up and 1 hr 45 mins down. Would’ve probably made it up in under 1:45 if it weren’t for all the stopping and yielding. Going down was sketchy at times due to mud and wet rocks, so we took our time. Overall, beautiful trail and nice view.

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rocky
2 months ago

Really great trail with a super rewarding view. My 6 year old niece only struggled on the long trek back, but she did great on the way up! Recommended for people who are in decent shape and have some time in the mountains. The trail is pretty well kept but sometimes it gets extremely muddy due to trail wear. The overall busyness could get annoying.

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice day hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing route. Testing at times. Wonderful and well worth it to the top

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muddy
scramble
3 months ago

loved the wall and the different trails. it was rocky and wet in places. it was too loopy for me. it is not steep but a long trail. felt like we were walking in layers. well marked

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scramble
3 months ago

Great hike! Old trail up. New trail down. 3:10 round trip not counting time at the top/tower. Top 1/3 of old trail is a little technical at times but fun. Water most all of the way up old trail which insured some great greenery.

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scramble
3 months ago

We had the trail almost all to ourselves, being the day after Labor Day. The route up was steadily inclined mostly, some dirt path, but a lot of sections were rocky, rutty, and rooty so be aware of your footing & footwear. The scramble to the ascent at the top was challenging at times, & even being that day after a rain there was abundant water, so be aware if you do this in the rain. The view from the fire tower was awesome & well worth the effort. At the ascent the only real vista is to the east but it was great nonetheless for a picnic lunch.

hiking
3 months ago

We took the newer trail up and down. We did take some of the old trail up where it crossed with the new trail but it really is just a stream bed, very wet and rocky. The new trail is very pleasant to walk on. Great views from the top of Lyon Mountain!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked the new trail yesterday. This was probably my 20+ ascent of Lyon. My first was in 1962. I like the new trail for its gentle approach to the top steeper part. It goes through some beautiful forest, starting in mixed hardwoods and transitioning into alpine evergreens. The trail is well maintained and water and erosion management have clearly been considered. The top includes the fire tower now restored. It offers the only 360 degree view as the summit once cleared is growing over quickly. Love this hike. On a clear rare day, Montreal is visible.

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bugs
muddy
3 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Me and Charlie (1 year old pupper) first fire tower hike! I would rate this on the milder side of moderate (I would also rate myself on the milderside of NOT super in shape, haha) We took switchback trail up and the old trail down. Trail is almost entirely in moderate shade without vista points until the top. You will not get a 360 degree view unless you climb to the top of the firetower. Charlie wanted nothing to do with the firetower, but I am both scared of heights and also a adrenaline junky so I solo'd it! Totally worth it! There were very heavy rains here just yesterday but we found the trail to be fairly dry, well maintained! We met very friendly family's, dogs, and even a strapping 85 year old gentleman :) 10/10 would recommend

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