Spruce Mountain Firetower

EASY 188 reviews

Spruce Mountain Firetower is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Porter Corners, New York that features a great forest setting 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
1020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

views

blowdown

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

Great Day in the woods. Saw a few other hikers. However I Left my snowshoes in my vehicle and I should have taken them. Would have made the trip much easier. I did use poles and Yak Traks(ya ya I know they are crap but they do the trick on a budget and not in a High Peak!) which were great and got the job done. This is easy but should be more low moderate with the added winter conditions.

Note: Don’t go unprepared as that is not safe even on this trail and if you’re venturing unprepared at the very least sign in at the trailhead.

Happy Hiking!

1 month ago

A nice hike to start firetower challenge, not hard but a continue climb to top, view from tower only
Trail was just reopened from hunting season and has lots on leaves covering trail need to pay attention to markers

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty cool hike.

hiking
2 months ago

There is a sign that the trail is closed from 10/21-12/3 for what I would imagine Is hunting seasons.. we proceeded anyway. Views at the top and very pretty and the hike is EASY. Would be great for families & pets. Probably wouldn’t do it a second time.

hiking
3 months ago

not to hard. Perfect distance. trails were nice and empty and seeing and climbing the fire tower was fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Shirley and I climbed this lovely, little peak this morning and want to correct two statements in the description of the trail as given on this web site. Yes, the forest is quite open (unlike the majority of trails in the Adirondacks) and there are many trees lying on the ground in some areas due to logging in the past, but there was no confusion in following the trail. If you're used to seeing blow down while hiking, this forest will seem to be filled with fallen trees in the lower to middle portions of the hike. We never had to spend any time in route-finding, because the trail is obvious and marked well with blue markers, although at times somewhat sparsely, And this leads me to my second correction: We never saw a red marker. The trail is especially easy in comparison to the typical trail that has severely eroded, steep pitches filled with rocks and small boulders of varying size. Water bars are plentiful and do an excellent job of controlling erosion, producing a trail surface that is usually soft and forgiving, and exposed tree roots are rarely a problem. The trail's grade is relentlessly upward, especially from the beginning, with few relatively flat sections to catch your breath. Finally, as someone else noted, there is no view from the summit unless you climb the fire tower.

4 months ago

Easy hike all up but pine floor for easy walking tower was locked at top

4 months ago

Decent little hike--- not tough at all. Good for novice hikers!

4 months ago

Great hike, totally more moderate especially for a beginner.

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Moderate ascent, beautiful vista

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Great hike with the kids, awesome view from the top of the fire tower.

hiking
6 months ago

easy trail, fire tower makes it well worth the trip, dog friendly and we'll marked

hiking
6 months ago

Great Hike it was challenging I think it's more moderate than a easy hike especially for a beginner. Definitely need bug spray and hiking boots are great as it can be a bit muddy. You have to climb the tower for a view. Great family hike. Just want to say thank you for the folks that gave me the positive encouragement.

6 months ago

Great view at the top of the tower. if you don't climb up the tower there is no view. I wish people didn't break so many glass bottles at the too., but besides that it was a great trail well marked. I had a 4 & 6 year old with me and they did awesome.

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