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Old 08-24-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
HPHikingmoo
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Saint Regis Fire Tower

What a nice little gem. We were looking for one to just stretch our legs since I am running the 1812 Challenge in Sackett's Harbor next weekend and this seemed to fill the bill. At 3.3 miles one way, and flat most of the way, it was a perfect day.

We started on the trail about 10. We only met one group going up. (A group of college students from Hamilton college, which we passed...a nice feeling at our age!) Many people leaving as we neared the summit, which was nice....less crowded on top. We decided that if one wants solitude on a Saturday in Late August, one should start out at 6 am.

Anyway, nothing hard about this one. A beautiful walk in the woods, followed by some rock staircases and a few little scrambles. We arrived at the summit at about 11:30. It was a bit crowded, but we were able to find a nice rock to enjoy our lunch on away from the crowds. The college kids arrived shortly after we did and it was fun to listen to their enthusiasm. We chuckled when one of them brought out a rather large jar of peanut butter. Guess they haven't heard of lightweight backpacking.

We stayed up there about an hour, eventually talking to a couple from the area and he was kind enough to point out some of the mountains in the distance. Even though we have climbed all the 46, I still have trouble identifying them unless the map is in front of me. It was a beautiful day and we could see Whiteface and part of the Great Range in the distance. Unfortunately, the cab is closed so you can't go up, but the views from the open summit are very nice. Does anyone know the status of this tower? Is there a group who is restoring it?

We started down around 1:45 and were in our car, headed to Donnely's for ice cream by 3.

Another nice day courtesy of the Adk.
Moo
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