Spruce Mountain Firetower

EASY 130 reviews

Spruce Mountain Firetower is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Porter Corners, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1026 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

blowdown

over grown

Small hike to the firetower summit The 73 foot fire tower on the 2009 foot summit of Spruce Mountain was built in 1928 and manned until 1988. The summit is accessible by a gated service road and a 1.2 mile hiking trail. The trail has downfall and the remains of past logging operations. This area was heavily logged in the past. The trail crosses an old concrete culvert over a stream then immediately climbs. The total elevation gain 1000 feet over this 1.2 mile hike. The trail can be tough to follow at times with many old logging roads crossing the trail. The trail is marked sometimes with red DEC discs. Tough to follow in winter - sled trail runs west of DEC trail to summit, slightly longer. The trail crosses land used by the Blue Jay Hunting Club on a lease from International Paper, so hiking is not recommended during hunting season (late September through early December)

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

6 days ago

Steep at parts but we made it! Took the dog and kids

8 days ago

It's an ok walk
Not very scenic
Views from fire tower are great don't think I'd do it again but it's part of fire tower challenge and if you need to do a quick hike it's a good one

hiking
10 days ago

Easy for kids...hmmmm...depends what your definition of kids is. Mine are 2 and 4. We pretty much carried the 2 year old up the whole mountain hahaha. The 4 year old was extremely exhausted. It's pretty steep for the little ones, but doable. So easy to find and easy parking. I thought the hike was beautiful!! Some little streams coming down the mountain. Just a bit muddy at spots, but easily navigated around. You definitely can't bring a stroller. Not too buggy. Buggiest at the summit in the heat of the sun. It took us 1.5 hours to get to the top with the little ones. Firetower views were gorgeous. Amazing workout!! Great day! 4 year old said the firetower was "amazing". Just follow the little blue "foot trail" signs all the way up.

walking
14 days ago

Fun warm up.

hiking
19 days ago

25 days ago

25 days ago

It was an easy hike not the prettiest of scenery but the views from fire tower were fabulous
If you are looking to get a quick hike in it's a great choice easy terrain not terribly steep great
Fire tower challenge starter hike

hiking
26 days ago

Nice easy hike. Great views from the top of the fire tower but there is no view from the peak itself.

26 days ago

27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

My dog and I hiked it and it was nice. It is mud season and as you approach the top it does become more muddy. It will be dry in a few weeks. Views from the Fire Tower are nice. Surprisingly there were others there during the week and I met the owner of the property that is adjacent to the trail. A great day!

1 month ago

Sweet hike! The kids loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trails were marked well and easy to navigate. The hike up to the tower is a little steep but work it for the tower, the hike down is easy. Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Great trail for everyone and my lab loved it! Not to steep but you will get a little sweat going. View from the fire tower is amazing! Very well marked. Enjoy!