Spruce Mountain Firetower

EASY 215 reviews
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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 hour ago

Little muddy at the top. Nothing to worry about. Great hike! Definitely climb the tower!

10 days ago

Beautiful trail in the spring

hiking
10 days ago

Great afternoon easy hike. Terrific views from the firetower.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail for the hole family. Trail is about 3 miles out and back.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

great hike

hiking
15 days ago

good hike with decent views from the fire tower.

hiking
19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful day out. Low 80’s and all sun. Pretty groomed trail with lots of trees down. No snow. Really forestry at the summit not like other fire tower mountains. Fire tower was tall and closed. Views were amazing . 2 hours round trip!

1 month ago

Easy hike under two hours total no real steeps. 20 yards of snow no ice. Micros not needed. Fantastic clear day high peaks visible w tons of snow to the north. Vt and Catskills also visible to east and south. Did not expect views to be so good! Bonus was the windows still intact in the tower which helped avoid the strong winds in the tower.

1 month ago

It's not the most exciting hike in the Adirondacks but it's pretty. Living nearby, this a great way to get out and stretch my legs for an hour or two.

You do need to climb up the fire tower a ways though to get a view.

hiking
1 month ago

Would rate it easy to moderate. Partially covered in snow and winter runoff, hiked this for the first time yesterday. A bit muddy and slippery on the downhill with leaves and snow. No ice. Wore yak trax which were mostly useless- poles would have been helpful on the way down. Beautiful sunny day- sometimes the trail was hard to follow but it was a lovely short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to follow trail. Need crampons and poles if you don't want o slip.

hiking
2 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.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/sprucemountain/

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice quick local hike that’s nice and easygoing. This was a great winter hike that I enjoyed. There were a lot of animal tracks that we saw while hiking.

hiking
5 months 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!

5 months 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
6 months ago

Pretty cool hike.

hiking
6 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Great hike, totally more moderate especially for a beginner.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate ascent, beautiful vista

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

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