Spruce Mountain Firetower

EASY 173 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)

35 minutes ago

Short, easy and close! No views unless you climb the tower but from there, beautiful!

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21 hours ago

Moderate ascent, beautiful vista

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7 days ago

I would not call this an easy hike, easy to moderate is more accurate for beginners. We saw big people in flip flops trying it, and it is not that type of hike. Very popular with crowds from Saratoga and Albany, this is not a place to go for solitude. Decent views from tower.

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7 days ago

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20 days ago

Hike was nice, the views from the fire tower weren't anything to write home about.

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21 days ago

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21 days ago

Great hike. Did it with 4 and 7 year old. The hike is 1.7mi to the top not 1.2mi as the description here says so it took us awhile, pack lunch!. The 4 was carried the last 1/4 of the trip and the 7 was whining the last bit but we left the fire tower as a surprise and they were very excited to see it. The view at the top is great and the tower is in good repair. Lot's of interesting mushrooms to check out along the trail too.

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1 month ago

Not a bad hike. It's pretty boring until you reach the tower. The views from the tower are great, though. It was very muddy and also very buggy despite using bug spray. Overall, a good hike but we probably won't return.

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1 month ago

Mellow hike with well maintained trails. No view from the top unless you climb the tower. Pretty muddy towards the top.

1 month ago