Lyon Mountain Firetower Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lyon Mountain, New York that features a waterfall 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.

Length7.1 miElevation gain1922 ftRoute typeOut & 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 old trail is not maintained. 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.

free parking, no facilities

To get to the trailhead from I-87 take Exit 38N, take NY 374 west 23.2 miles to Chazy Lake Road (County Route 8). Drive south 1.8 miles on Chazy Lake Road to an unnamed gravel road on the right (called Lowenburg Road at one time). At the beginning of the gravel road is a black and white sign indicating it is a seasonal, limited-use highway with no maintenance from Nov. 1 May 1. Follow the gravel road about a mile to the parking area.

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Kyle Gertsch
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Paul Deyoe
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Icy at many points covered by snow but it was no problem with micro spikes. Great steady hike.

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Roberta Mulder
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Access road was extremely muddy. Would not have made it through the deep mud without 4wheel drive. Access road was not plowed (and sign says it’s “not maintained” in the winter, so if you want to do this as a winter hike, you might have to park by the main road, a mile from the trailhead). Bitterly cold at the top, tower was encased in ice, but the view was fantastic and it was overall a lovely day!

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Vrushali Chavan
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Simrun Soni
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Beautiful trail! A bit longer than stated but worth it for the views. Important to know that there was a lot of ice on the last leg up the mountain, required some careful footing.

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Catherine DiMarco
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I got there at noon and there was still a parking spot, and I had the summit to myself. Just a warning; they are logging on the dirt road leading in, and it is a bit of a rough ride. They had graded it by the time I came down, but I was afraid my car wouldn't make it with it all churned up, big sticks in the road etc. (I have a Camry Hybrid) There is nothing difficult about this hike; nothing steep, no big rock scrambles. There are switchbacks all the way up, pretty much. Please stay on the trail - there is definitely erosion happening from folks cutting between them. What there is though is A LOT of mud, water, and wet rocks. The last half mile at least is hiking up a stream bed with some running water. I was very glad I had my trekking poles to navigate all of the mud and water, and I would suggest bringing them if you have them. All of the picking around the mud, etc. made the hike feel longer than the mileage (I think 7.2 is about right), so give yourself time. Getting down only took me 5 minutes less than going up because of that. Nice views from the fire tower. I had no trouble following the trail even with there not being a ton of markers in some areas. On the way down I found myself looking for the ones for the folks going up - seems to be more of those :D

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Paul Linden
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Trail was very manageable with a lot of switch backs and even the last .5 miles or so up the rocky stream bed wasn't bad. This summit offers some of the best views I have seen to date, a little bit of everything (Montreal's skyline, Chazy and Lake Champlain, Green Mountains in Vermont, and Adirondack peaks to the South & West. Really a great hike, but the trail could be marked a little better, and it would be nice if hiker s stayed on the trail and avoided taking shortcuts on the switch backs (going to lead to trail erosion).

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Bryan Bourdeau
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Theresa Mandigo
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Donna Spence
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christopher schuss
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Douglas McFarren
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This is a great hike for hikers of all skill levels. Without a doubt I saw the most spectacular view at the summit this evening. It was utterly breathtaking! (Ladies you know who you are.) There was no sign saying that the Firetower was closed and I went up. The tower and wooden boards on the stairs and observation area are still in good condition. Foliage is near peak! Don’t miss out!

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Rich Patrie
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Nice, gradual switchbacks. The last .3 miles up the old trail may be a little challenging for beginners, but doable. No climbing or scrambling required. Nice views of Chazy Lake. 7.1 miles round trip.

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Kat Zimmermann
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Great out and back hike - the way up is very motivating as you start seeing the sky about halfway. Lots of switchbacks keep the incline very do-able. The final ascent is rocky but not too steep and only lasts about a half mile. Great view from the top, especially from the fire tower!

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Gregory Govan
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Brandon Barnaby
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Megan Beach
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Hi Lavigne
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Très belle température. Nuageux et venteux

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D M
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If you’re in average shape and don’t have much experience hiking, this will be hard...but attainable. Ascending wasn’t easy...muddy and quite rocky and rooty. You have to be careful with each step. Nice greenery and eye candy... small streams and tiny waterfalls. The last mile or so is quite difficult. It’s steeper, in running water, and rocky. Descending is much easier and also easier to fall. I fell three times. Take your time and you will be fine. If you’re a new hiker get more experience and build endurance before attempting this trail. It’s not as easy as others have described. For an experienced and fit hiker this trail is moderate. Amazing views at the top. Bring energy snacks and water. This was our first “real, mountain hike”. We feel as if we’ve leveled up by completing this challenge. Many friendly hikers along the way. Our Apple watches indicated the trail is 8.5 miles, in total. Three hours up. (Many rest breaks and photo opportunities.) One hour and forty five minutes down.

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Norbert Judkowiak
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Very nice moderate trail, with no steep inclines or difficult rock scrambles, we saw entire families and people with dogs passing on this trail. THE DISTANCE AS MEASURED ON 8/26/2020 is 7.3, not sure where people take 9+ miles here. Just follow the trail and it IS around the stated distance. Definitely not 9 miles.

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Leonard Countryman
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Marie Grimmke
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Very nice trail- moderate most of the way with a steep section the last .5 miles or so. As other hikers have reported it is 9.2 miles long, not 7.1. Beautiful views! Very few bugs. The only downside to this hike was its remote location and I can see that the access road might wash out with storms. Great day!

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Jesse Herrmann
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real good climb ending in spectacular view. last .5 - 1.0 mile is pretty tough on the way up. BE FOREWARNED: TRAIL IS ACTUALLY OVER 9 MI, NOT 7.1 MI.

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Roza M
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Danielle Giordano
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Great cloudy breezy day. I love this hike. Fire trail down.

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