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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.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,833 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

Note: As of 04/17, DEC has closed all access to all of the fire towers they control due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The fire towers do not provide adequate distancing measures and many people touch the hand-rails. 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.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

One of the more challenging of all the fire tower hikes but nothing unlike what you would find on other Adirondack hikes. First mile is relatively flat, once you turn left at the Adams junction it starts increasing. The last 3/4 mile or so is very steep and has lots of big rock slabs. Slabs can be slippery at times so watch your footing.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

Very nice hike for a quick go, just wish the fire tower was open. There is a nice view of the tahawus mines which was very cool on the way up the mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

May be the best of the Adirondack fire towers. We did our hike in the winter, it was tough. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/adamsadk/

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
2 months ago

Trail was dry for its .8 to observers cabin. Then began to get muddy. Adams trail was wet and muddy but not at all bad for this time of year. But after a mile or so began to get icy spots, Ice became more and more prevalent as you approach summit. A little soft snow at top but walkable, I would suggest micro spikes for top to summit definitely safer was super glad to have them coming back down. All in all a great hike on a bluebird day with my favorite hiking partner my wife

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blowdown
icy
muddy
2 months ago

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icy
muddy
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Pretty good trail but still rough from winter for the last mile or so. Definitely need god spikes and poles to get up the last bit due to the ice and snow. Fire tower on the top is closed for Covid and unfortunately there’s no view at the top without climbing up the fire tower. Still a good, challenging hike. I look forward to climbing again when some of the ice clears up and the fire tower reopens.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked Adams today after the Friday 02/07/2020 ice and snow storm. The trial conditions were fun with the fresh snow. We had initially set out for Allen but there were many trees blown in from the storm once passed the ranger station.

snowshoeing
icy
snow
6 months ago

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
7 months ago

The first half of the trail is very easy. There is a bridge that looks like it's going to fall, but I got on it and it was strong. There's a lot of mud in this area, too. The second half is where the fun really begins, each turn you find an area that is steeper than the one before. All the rocks are covered in ice, so, bushwhacking happened more than I planned for. Microspikes are needed for this part. Didn't have a view at the top because of the weather. A good one to two inches of snow fell while I was there. Also saw a lot of animal tracks, none that I can identify.

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8 months ago

Incredibly muddy with lots of standing water on first half of the trail. Middle of the trail becomes kind of tricky to stay on since it isn’t very clearly marked. Then it’s all an uphill battle. Ice and snow toward the top. Beautiful hike, although I regret wearing trail runners instead of hiking boots. Fire tower is pretty cool too!

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