Spruce Mountain Firetower [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Spruce Mountain Firetower [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Porter Corners, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. 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: 1,020 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

snow

private property

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
1 month ago

Amazing! Went with my best friend and my husky, remarkable experience. Awesome for a first mountain hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. It is more steep at bottom 1/3 than the top. Trail pretty easy to follow (although covered in leaves, you could see the outline of the trail). View was awesome just after sunset, with a red-orange glow to the West. Too bad the cab has been locked the 2 times I have gone. Trail is pretty rooty and rocky, but not too strenuous.

The actual fire Tower was locked other than that the view was very nice you could still go up to the top platform trail was pretty clear and beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike. my 3rd fire tower hike. fairly easy hike. I would say pretty much any skill level could handle the trail. only negative was, if you wanted a view, you had to climb the tower.

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rocky
2 months ago

this walk took from 1015am to noon start to finish with little break and walk up the fire tower. this was with a dog and my shealth app stated 3 miles at the end of the trail.. view from the top is pretty

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice little hike. Lots of chipmunks and toads around. The top level of the fire tower was closed off but the view was still nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short and easy hike close to home- did encounter a few individuals who were lacking knowledge on dog etiquette (off leash, etc) which was a struggle a few times as we were walking three dogs on leashes who don’t necessarily want a strange dog running up in their face. Overall a great hike though and the fire tower was very cool! Climb to the top of the tower for even better views!

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice short hike. This is a great time of year for it- no bugs, no crowds, and the leaves are just starting to change. Took me 1 hour 40 min start to finish with a 20 minute break to enjoy the views from the firetower. (Bring a jacket for the tower- it gets windy!) The trail is easy to follow but the trail markers are not super consistent, so bring a map once the leaves/snow falls. Pretty gentle incline the whole way; would make a nice trail run. NOTE: upper section of the trail (+ fire tower) will be closed October 20-December 2 for hunting season according to the sign at the trailhead.

Fun hike. Great views of the Southern ADK’s

hiking
3 months ago

I noticed lots of families on this trail as well as dogs today, minimal bugs and dry ground, moderately steep incline in some spots but really no small rocks/scrambles... an easy to follow trail. Plenty of parking and easy to find. This hike starts and pretty well maintains incline with a few flat spots along the way. Only way to the amazing view is climbing the fire tower.

hiking
3 months ago

The lot was empty at 8:30 am on a Sunday. Understand there are no facilities at the trail head. Hike starts steep with mostly dirty terrain, little roots or rocks. Sprinkled in some flat areas, but mostly a straight up hike. It's true the first half is the most strenuous. You can tell you're nearing the top as it the trees open up to lots of ferns. Today's weather was perfect, no bugs, no mud. Without climbing the tower there are no views. If you climb the quite tall tower, which is in great shape, you get some really nice views. Overall the hike itself is a bit underwhelming and the summit only worthwhile if you climb the tower. I'd do it again, as it does make a great half-day hike. When leaving, ~11:30 the parking lot had at least a half dozen cars with more pulling in every few minutes.

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is relatively short and easy compared to most other ADK towers. It was worth the hike. Check out my full write up along with pictures and things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/sprucemountain/

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bugs
muddy
3 months ago

was absoutly beautiful, born and raised in a Florida city, I'll deff do this again, only thing I hate was lots of spiders.. and really slippy from rain yesterday..

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blowdown
over grown
4 months ago

Pretty straightforward hike - toughest part is at the start, when it’s straight up. It gets a little rocky about 3/4 of the way up, but it was dry and easy to do. Parts of the trail have been eroded and widened significantly, although the trail just before the summit is overgrown with grasses and ferns. Clearly a lot of blowdown following last week’s storm - some large trees are balanced pretty precariously over the trail. Took about an hour to the summit with slow 6 year old. Summit views are really only achievable if you go at least 1/2 way up the fire tower. Saw maybe 8 other groups, but wasn’t nearly as busy as I had feared for a beautiful weekend day.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this on 08/10 with my 10 year old daughter and our 4 legged hiking partner, Sunny. Great trail and no bugs today! Did some research and discovered that Spruce Mountain’s Fire Tower is the tallest in NYS @ 73 ft tall. You can definitely feel the wind from the top of the tower. Awesome 360 degree views! Great hike for #4 on our Fire Tower Challenge.

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private property
4 months ago

Fairly easy climb - really nicely well maintained trails. Not rocky at all - no bugs on the day we hiked. Not too many people on the trail either. Awesome views from the summit. Clocked 3.18 miles - 1 hour and 53 minutes in total including a little break on-top of the firetower.

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rocky
4 months ago

Steady climb for an awesome climb to the top of the tower! Daisy the doggo met lots of new friends!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this today because it’s close and I need the tower and it’s short ( so hot

Took my two puppies on it today. Great trail but very buggy today. There was a lot of broken glass on the rocks below the fire tower. I wish I would have had something to clean it up with!

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike to do with the kids, ages 6, 9 and 11. The fire tower is in great shape and we all made it to the top. Markers are a little sparse, but trail is mostly obvious. Markers are blue round discs, not red. Bugs weren’t too bad. Not very muddy at all.

hiking
5 months ago

The views from the tower are great. I don't know why but I wasn't expecting that there would be no actual views from the summit. I hate with my dog just before sunset during the week and we didn't see a single person on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

short, dry trail. easy and straight forward. firetower was open!

hiking
5 months ago

some downed trees but trail was essentially clear. some area of minimal mud.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice short hike. Fire tower at the top is accessible. Be warned very windy at the top, almost lost my hat. One or two muddy patches. Some steep areas but not to demanding. Dog friendly, a small pond at the top and a creek at the bottom to cool them off.

hiking
5 months ago

Steady incline, not too difficult. Not an ankle twister. Nice views. Up and back in 2 hrs includes a half hour at the top.

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