Mount Adams Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newcomb, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,833 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bridge out Muddy Rocky Scramble Snow
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A fun and challenging hike to one of the best fire tower views in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Right from the get-go the trail is fun with two water crossings - the first being the Hudson River, where there was once a bridge that was washed away during Hurricane Irene in 2011. You will soon go around Lake Jimmy after the floating bridge that was washed out years ago. The trail was re-routed to the north. Just after crossing Lake Jimmy, the trail that takes you to Mount Adams splits from the Allen Trail and the steep hike begins. Over the next 1.6 miles you will climb 1700' and earn one of the best fire tower views in the state.

There are no fees to park here.

Upper Works Trailhead: Take exit 29 off of I-87 and follow Rte. 2 for 17 miles to an intersection with a sign for "National Lead". Turn right here and after just half a mile you wil pass the intersection for the Tahawas Club and a sign for Lower Works Road before crosssing some railroad tracks. After 6.3 miles turn left onto Upper Works Road. You'll pass several trailheads along this road. Use the track in this guide to find the parking lot for the right one for this hike. There are no fees to park here.

Upper Works Trailhead: Take exit 29 off of I-87 and follow Rte. 2 for 17 miles to an intersection with a sign for "National Lead". Turn right here and after just half a mile you wil pass the intersection for the Tahawas Club and a sign for Lower Works Road before crosssing some railroad tracks. After 6.3 miles turn left onto Upper Works Road. You'll pass several trailheads along this road. Use the track in this guide to find the parking lot for the right one for this hike.

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Gary Halstead
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Paddle sports

It’s a great view for the effort. One of the best that’s not a high peak!

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Kevin Cater
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Marie Grimmke
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The many mini-slides made the hike challenging, but the trail and views from the fire tower were spectacular. There was a little frost this morning and the leaves are just turning. Blue skies and cool temps- great hike!

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Emily Cotey
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Austin Gagnon
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Hiking

Great hike!

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Bench Girl
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Very steep hike in the last 1/3 of the hike but the views is amazing. Its challenging and It’s worth the trip. Another fire tower done.

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Amanda Distasio
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If you are looking to torture yourself with nearly vertical rock scrambles and mini slides for what seems like an eternity this is the mountain for you! In all seriousness kicks your ass but views are spectacular

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Chuck Pierce
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Amazing views and an amazing trail. Rainfall yesterday made the rocks a little tricky. It was a quite trail considering the payoff.

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Paul Doherty
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Hiking

My 3rd fire tower this year and 24th overall. Definitely a challenging trail with lots of near vertical ascent. The views are amazing from the fire tower. You can see Mt. Marcy and others in the High Peaks region. The trail to the mountain could have used some signage pointing to the correct direction in a couple locations.

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Rebecca Thomas
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Jennifer Hunter
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Beautiful views from Fire Tower. Tough last mile up.

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Diane Hurtt
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Wow! Crazy rock scrambling straight up for about 2miles. No bugs. Sun shining for a brief moment and than the rain started. Just light until about halfway down, thankfully because the steep rocky section would’ve been a challenge when slick. A challenge when dry. Took my time on the way up, clocked 6.5 miles taking 5.5 hours.

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Pete Mason
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One of the best firetowers - amazing views of the south side of Marcy and all the other peaks around it. Had the tower to ourselves starting later in the day. So stupendous!

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darlene levielle
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Daniel Johnson
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Great day for a hike. The trail starts out flat but as everyone else has already said gets steeper as you get go.

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Emmaline Long
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I really loved this hike! The first 1.5 miles is a nice walk through the woods with pretty views. At 2 miles the trail starts to get steep with the last 0.5 miles being very steep and reminiscent of a High Peaks trail. If you're thinking about doing the 46ers, this would be a great way to get a taste of what the climbing is like. No view from the top w/o climbing the firetower but WOW the view from the tower is amazing! Had the summit to ourselves on a Saturday. Just under 3 hours of hiking with about 30 minutes at the top.

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J D
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HikingRockyScramble

Once the trail splits to the left follow red markers, trail marked very good. Good trail walk to the tree bridge crossing the stream, from here lace up your boots your in for a rock climb adventure that is achievable. Be patient on the flat rocks as they can be slippery. I suggest no dogs on trail as I saw some struggle to get grip on rocks At the point where you walk between 2 large rocks, the climb is still straight up but more on dirt trail. The last 3/4 mile is very strenuous and I can see why the trail labeled as such. The tower sneaks up out of the woods, no view unless you climb the tower. More effort into hiking back down as to not fall, slip on some wet rocks. in all 5 miles round trip in 3 hours, but worked good pace to hike another fire tower.

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Sheena Hoffman
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The last part of the trail was really steep. But it was 100% worth it. It is one of the best views Ive seen in the Adks.

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Logan Autumn
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Katy Black
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Great and strenuous hike. Last .5 was killer. Only saw 3 other groups. Several downed trees. Pine needles make it slick on the steep rock face.

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Joe Sweeney
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Hiked on 7/15/20. This is a great hike. As everyone else says, it starts easy, but ends hard. Anyone in good shape and wearing good hiking shoes should be able to complete it. It is strenuous, but no technical or exposed sections. The slabs in the second half could be trouble in the rain - you definitely want grippy soles for those spots. The view from the fire tower, however, is spectacular. 360 mountains and great views of the High Peaks. If you want a similar view, but need a less taxing hike, try Goodnow Mt in Newcomb. Much easier hike with a similar (but not quite as spectacular) view.

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