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Spruce Mountain Firetower [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Adirondack State Park

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.

Length3.1 miElevation gain1020 ftRoute typeOut & Back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingSnowshoeingForestViewsWildlifeBlowdownMuddyOver grownSnowPrivate property
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Getting There

Small hike to the Fire Tower 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).

From Saratoga Springs, NY, head north on rte 9N towards Corinth. Shortly after passing through South Corinth take a left on Wells Rd., Drive this road for a few miles until it T's, take a right on Spruce Mtn. Rd (Not Signed) and just a few hundred yards down this road there will be a dead end sign, pass the gated entrance to the fire tower access rd on the left, and proceed to a parking area marked with a NO PARKING SNOWPLOW TURNAROUND, and this is the unmarked trailhead to Spruce Mountain.

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samantha Adriance
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Rachel Vickery
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Andrew Funk
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Don L
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Nice, short hike to a great payoff of views from the fire tower. 40 minutes up, half hour down. But you have to go up the tower to get those views. Note that this trail closes for hunting season on 10/24. Foliage was peak as of 10/12.

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Billy Austin
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Amazing view from the top of the fire tower.

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scott wilson
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beautiful.

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Megan Sliski
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Pretty easy hike and easy trail to follow! Completed the trail in about 2 hours round trip. The view at the top is incredible from the fire tower!

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Jacob Snell
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Brian Colwell
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Very smooth lightly traveled trail. Beautiful!

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Tyler Hodges
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Pretty good although with 3 young kids, we had a tough time once it came to getting back down. The trail was a bit dangerous for young kids who might be prone to slipping. Beautiful view at the top though.

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Dj Hornyak
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Elizabeth Pompa
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My husband and I did this as one of our first hikes together. Found it to be pretty easy. We went up and back within 1.5 hrs. was a nice quick little workout. Definitely enjoyed it

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Krissy Haag
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About 2 hours round trip. Not very steep but steady climb to the top. No view without the Fire Tower, so definitely make the climb! Lots of people on Sunday but most everyone wore masks and did well with distancing.

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Justin Justin
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Some of the giant dead falls are a bit disconcerting

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Shane Holmes
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Nice hike to one of the remaining tallest firetowers in the park. We missed peak foliage color by a few days but it still was not disappointing. We had wonderful views.

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Thomas Khairallah
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Nice trail up to the fire tower. The sign said it’s closed after October first for hunting season. Plan accordingly

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Eric Riberdy
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Shermanizer Li
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Took us about 1.5hrs. Elevation is mostly pretty gentle. Good trail for dogs. Great view from the fire tower.

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Phil Jenkins
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clear easy to follow trail, a few other groups of people there but not too crowded. the fire tower was accessible

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Mason Pitkin
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Alexis Henrikson
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heavily trafficked go early!

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Shermanizer Li
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Took us about 1.5hrs. Elevation is mostly pretty gentle. Good trail for dogs. Great view from the fire tower.

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Doug Fish
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Good

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Hal Card
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Another morning trip up Spruce, just to keep everything limber. I can leave home, drive to and from the trailhead and do the hike in the space of 2 hours. I leave home at 6 and get back by 8. It's a pretty hike, with 1,000 foot rise over 1.5 miles, so you can vary the intensity by going slower or faster. I've done this hike 25 or 30 times since early May and I'm convinced that it prepared me well for the high peaks, despite its diminutive size. I didn't discover the summit marker to the left as you enter the summit clearing until my 20th trip. The tallest firetower in New York state is on Spruce; it's the only way to see the surrounding vistas.

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Joshua Wood
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Two Leg Mosey Four Leg Hustle
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This was a great trail! It was well marked and a great hike up. The trail is doable with children or pets. I will be back with my out of town friends that want to take a hike in the woods. Don’t go during hunting season. 5+ stars. Well maintained. Loved loved it. No Bugs.

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Alexander Vickery
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great trail very well kept

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Craig Wieczenski
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Jason Diehl
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The trail was dry and easy to follow. Beautiful views from the top of the tower!

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