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Old 07-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #41
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Wakely and Adams for views, can't decide between 'em. Here's A view from Wakely of Cedar River Flow.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:03 PM   #42
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Wakely and Adams for views, can't decide between 'em. Here's A view from Wakely of Cedar River Flow.
That picture is assume. What kind of camera do you use?
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:05 PM   #43
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I remember Noble Mtn tower...was the first one I ever hiked to when I was 7 or 8 years old. It the had the coolest suspension bridge across the West Canada Creek...someone must have some old pictures of that tower + bridge ?
There used to be a suspension bridge as well that spanned the S.Branch at the end of Mountain Home Road as well.Had alot of fun on that bridge as a kid.Back on topic,my favorite is St.Regis.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:44 AM   #44
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Goodnow. Nice, easy, pretty hike up. Love the horse barn enroute.

There are some stunning photos in this thread... props to Rusty and mink for the winter shots. Wow!
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:20 PM   #45
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Wakely and Adams for views, can't decide between 'em. Here's A view from Wakely of Cedar River Flow.
I guess maybe I should climb Wakely again. When I went up it, the summit was socked in with clouds, and the wind was blowing so strong you could feel the top of the firetower swaying in the breeze.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:37 PM   #46
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I have to say without question it's Adams. I sorry to hear it is now inaccessible. It is the best view of the high peaks that I have seen. Blue Mt. has the best view of lakes that I've seen. Snowy is the toughest climb to get to a fire tower that I've been too.
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:39 PM   #47
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I have to say without question it's Adams. I sorry to hear it is now inaccessible.
It is only temporarily inaccessible. Although there is no completion date set, work on the tower is in progress.

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Old 10-07-2010, 08:01 PM   #48
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It is only temporarily inaccessible. Although there is no completion date set, work on the tower is in progress.

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Old 08-09-2011, 02:34 PM   #49
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I've only done 3 so far (Bald, Snowy, Cathedral Rock) but I liked Cathedral Rock the best. I hiked it yesterday with my 6 year old twin girls, and completely enjoyed it. It was so secluded, and we saw no one else on the trail. The Ranger School students have done a very nice job of making the path, signs, picnic table, lean to, and plaques. The tower is well done, and the cab is nice. I love the Cranberry Lake area. It was very peaceful.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #50
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I love Hadley Mountain, it was my first fire tower, my home town hike and the views are fantastic. The fall hike is the best, the varied colors are beautiful.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:57 AM   #51
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I've only done a handful of towers but I'm doing the fire tower challenge so my opinion might change. Right now St. Regis is my favorite!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:02 PM   #52
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Only one I've been up is Belfrey.Pretty impressive!
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:54 PM   #53
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Cool topic since I am just learning about the Fire Tower Challenge. Did Hurricane with a group a few weeks back and was really impressed by the view there - although we couldn't stay long, the wind must have been 30+ MPH easy.

Then did Tremper in the Catskills, which was cool also but the views are limited to the tower itself (cab wasn't open).

From the pics and votes here, I might try to check out Goodnow. Maybe I can drag my wife along - how bad is the hike? Any other towers (or short hikes) in the area to make it a full day? I see Vanderwhacker looks close, but I heard that one requires a very long hike to get to.

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Old 11-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #54
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Goodnow as I recall is about 3 miles round trip. The first half mile is pretty muddy, but after that the trail joins an old road. Overall, it's not a difficult hike- definitely one of the easier fire tower peaks to climb.

Vanderwhacker is a long approach and a long climb, but otherwise isn't too difficult. There are some new switchbacks on the trail that make the steeper sections much more manageable. Probably best left to be hiked on its own, though. The road into Vanderwhacker I believe isn't maintained in winter though, so definitely a consideration if you plan to do it soon.

A good option on top of Goodnow to round out the day would be to check out the trails at the Newcomb Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC): http://www.esf.edu/aic/
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:55 PM   #55
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That picture is assume. What kind of camera do you use?
The classic inadvertent insult to a photographer. In reading that comment, it is assumed that the writer places credit for the awesome photo with a "good camera". The camera has much less to do with a great photo than does the photographer's skill. An awesome photograph is 9 parts photographer’s skill and 1 part technology (camera, etc.). I like the Wakely tower for its height and unique structure; for the view, it's definitely Adams.

PS: If you were merely curious about what brand and model camera was used, then.... never mind!
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:01 PM   #56
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I vote for Mt. Arab as I have a camp on Eagle Crag Lake which lies in its shadow (hence my userid). I've been climbing it all (or most) of my 59 years and recall the ranger (Doc)that used to be up there when I was a child. The Friends of Mt Arab organization has done an iimpressive job of not only restoring the fire tower but also the ranger's cabin which sits at the foot of the tower. Its in better shape now that at any time in my memory. They also hire a couple of local college students in the summer to act as interpreters and they do a superb job. I have climbed a few of the others but know this mountain so well, that its really no contest!
Ummmmm, please don't read the thread about vandalism on Mt. Arab...
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:35 PM   #57
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Black Mt on Lk George. Used to be you could hop the fence and climb up, but that was a while ago. Adams is a strong second.
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:34 PM   #58
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wakely fire tower

Wakely was our first and favorite tower climb. This is what we saw when we got to the top. My family thought this was what was left of the fire tower. Boy were they disapointed,until welooked up and saw the tower sticking through the pines.
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Wakely was our first and favorite tower climb. This is what we saw when we got to the top. My family thought this was what was left of the fire tower. Boy were they disapointed,until welooked up and saw the tower sticking through the pines.
That's the old helicopter pad- for landing equipment for the tower.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #60
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Reclimbed St. Regis a couple of days ago. It's a really nice trail to a great view. You can't climb the tower because the lower couple sections of stairs have been removed, but you don't need to to see the view.
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