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Dave Bourque 01-24-2020 07:34 PM

Progress continues to be made. The county will fund the construction of a new foot bridge over the outlet of North Pond. I'm told the current efforts involve determining the legal status of each parcel of land. Lawyers are certainly involved so keep your fingers crossed. When all the formalities are complete a "Friends of Swede Mountain" group will be formed. Stay tuned for more information.

Woodly 01-24-2020 08:50 PM

Does Makomis still have a firetower? And if so is it accessible?

Schultzz 01-24-2020 08:54 PM

That tower reminds me of one just like it in PA on Mt. Davis. A few years ago I drove up there and found clouds near the summit. I was parked in a lot not 100 feet from the tower when I heard an awful loud roar. A small plane flew 50 feet over my truck obviously flying VFR probably not IFR rated nor certified. When he realized how low he was he tried to climb. I though for sure that I would hear him crash into the treetops and certain I would have been the first on the scene but he didn't. Of course a few yards to my left he would have lopped the top of the tower off. I will never forget that. Sorry for the derailment of the topic but I just had a crazy flashback.

DSettahr 01-24-2020 09:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Woodly (Post 280087)
Does Makomis still have a firetower? And if so is it accessible?

It was removed in 1978. This article has some more info: https://www.suncommunitynews.com/art...-and-restored/

The summit is just barely on private property. I've never climbed it but I've heard that it's not hard to get permission from the property owners (The Underwood Club) to access the summit from the state land side of the mountain (which necessitates a bushwhack ascent).

Woodly 01-25-2020 12:04 AM

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Originally Posted by DSettahr (Post 280091)
It was removed in 1978. This article has some more info: https://www.suncommunitynews.com/art...-and-restored/

The summit is just barely on private property. I've never climbed it but I've heard that it's not hard to get permission from the property owners (The Underwood Club) to access the summit from the state land side of the mountain (which necessitates a bushwhack ascent).

Thanks for the info DS. 78 hey? I was up there just before that. Was also a leanto there then. That had to have been the easiest tower to get to since I recall young children with us and an easy walk and if I recall correctly the walk was on a grassy driveway.

HAYDK 02-26-2020 05:21 PM

Swede Mountain maybe this summer? https://poststar.com/news/local/new-...a24977bcc.html

Dave Bourque 03-25-2021 07:02 AM

Some volunteer work has already begun. The trail is brushed out but still needs some hardening.

Nehasane 08-13-2021 08:00 PM

Swede Mtn. Fire Tower Trail in Hague open to public
Warren County’s newest hiking trail offers spectacular views
It’s time for a walk on Warren County’s newest hiking trail, a trail with fabulous views from a 47-foot tall fire tower!
The town of Hague in Warren County is home to a new trail and publicly accessible fire tower on Swede Mountain, a nice jaunt through woods and fields that ends with miles of views of mountains and waterways to the west and north.
The tower sits about 11 miles east of the hamlet of Brant Lake, and 5.5 miles west of the hamlet of Hague.
Warren County owns the fire tower and a parcel of land around it, and the county has an agreement with a landowner to have the trail cross private property to get to the summit.
(Please Note: A portion of the private land the trail crosses is leased by a hunting club, so the entire trail and the tower will be closed and inaccessible each year from September 10th through December 16th.)
The tower was taken out of service for fire watch purposes by New York State in 1968, and was purchased by Warren County in 1995 for use as a site for radio communication equipment. That communications plan was later reconfigured and the site not used.
The fire tower was rehabilitated this spring and summer by Warren County Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works staff, and a trail was cut from Route 8, starting at North Pond. A New York State highway rest area provides parking for about 15 vehicles.
The trail is a relatively easy walk, 1.8 miles round trip, with about 240 feet of elevation gain. Other than a stream crossing and steep dirt embankment at the beginning of the hike, the majority of the trail is a gradual uphill climb.
The re-opening is exciting for the town of Hague, where the tower was a local attraction, Hague Town Supervisor Edna Frasier explained.
“For me this tends to be nostalgic,” Frasier explained. “The memories I have of my brothers and sisters hiking up to the tower, climbing the tower and exploring the area are still vivid. It is exciting to know that others can now experience this.”
Warren County Parks and Recreation Department crews battled the elements this summer to get the work done, dealing with frequent rain and deep mud that hindered the ability to get equipment to the site. Virtually all of the wood stairs and tower floor had to be replaced.
“We are very proud of how this project turned out. It involved a lot of work under some difficult circumstances,” noted Kevin Hajos, Warren County Public Works Superintendent.
For more information on this trail and other recreational opportunities in Warren County visit our Warren County Rec Mapper website at warrencountyny.gov/recmapper. Swede Mountain is trail #55 on the Rec Mapper site.
Adirondack Mountain Club plans to add this hike to its “ADK Fire Tower Challenge.”
Warren County would like to thank Lyme Timber Company, New York State and the volunteers who helped Parks and Rec staff with trail fine tuning.
Swede Mountain facts:
Mountain: 1,904-foot-high summit.
Fire tower: 47 feet high, 7 flights of wooden stairs.
Location: Trailhead is off New York State Route 8 between Brant Lake and the hamlet of Hague.
Parking: Limited at a New York State rest area off the eastbound side of Route 8, GPS Coordinates -- N 43° 44' 33.009" W 73° 35' 17.749"

hikingandwildex 08-13-2021 08:43 PM

Nice! It's always great to see new fire towers being restored and opened to the public. Looks like this one delivers a lot of bang for your change, similar to Belfry and Rondaxe. According to the article, it will soon become the 31st peak on the Adirondack/Catskill firetower challenge.

Lonehiker 08-13-2021 09:29 PM

I will be there

Now let's get going with Cathead, solve it already!!! It's been what 20 years now.

Maybe there is hope for Salmon Lake too, now that the Whitney property is for sale. I already have Buck.

Dave Bourque 08-14-2021 10:08 AM

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DSettahr 08-15-2021 10:02 AM

Excellent news. Gonna try to swing down there this week.

(I still haven't climbed Stillwater yet, either... Need to make it over that way sometime soon also.)

Lonehiker 08-15-2021 10:27 AM

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Excellent news. Gonna try to swing down there this week.

(I still haven't climbed Stillwater yet, either... Need to make it over that way sometime soon also.)

You said you visited Stillwater when you were a child. I remember your comment years ago.

Lonehiker 08-15-2021 10:29 AM

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I made it to Swede. I forgot my camera battery so I had to use a low quality one. The cabin is in ruins. The tower stairs have all been rehabilitated. The tower still needs to be painted. The roof looks like it has bullet holes in it, go figure. I got to talk to the trail crew. They were kicking rocks off the trail. The trail is newly cut and is grassy compared to most other Adirondack trails. The trail also has many clearings.

DSettahr 08-15-2021 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Lonehiker (Post 286779)
You said you visited Stillwater when you were a child. I remember your comment years ago.

If my understanding of the specifics of that event is correct, I was carried up the mountain. I did not climb it myself. ;)

Buckladd 08-15-2021 02:32 PM

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I made it to Swede. .

Can you climb up in the tower?

Lonehiker 08-15-2021 03:11 PM

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Can you climb up in the tower?

yes, the stairs were rebuilt. The cab is open too. You get a half view toward the west. It looks like I might of seen Crane and Gore in the distance. There is a large prominent mountain with steep slopes toward the south I think is Crane. I saw another large group to the right of that which could be Gore. There are Giant peaks to the north, possibly Dix range or Great Range. There are Multiple large local mountains sweeping along the north. I couldn't find where Pharaoh was. It looks like it would be in front of the high peaks by line of sight.

Sorry the photos are grainy. I'm going to have to go back up there with binoculars and better camera to properly identify everything.

HAYDK 08-15-2021 04:27 PM

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Hiked Swede this morning with my wife Nanny goat. I have been waiting for the opportunity to hike it, all I can say is How "Swede" it is. I went to the Warren County Recreation Mapper and printed out the trail map. The trail map indicates that it is 21.8 miles from exit 25, this is incorrect. I spoke to two other hiking parties this morning and they both had missed the trailhead and turned around at 9N in Hague. Unfortunately I went home and do not have the correct number.
I did take a picture of the reference marker number across from the trailhead, the bottom number is 1412.

montcalm 08-15-2021 04:53 PM

A few more pics here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sw...912333!5m1!1e4

Lonehiker 08-15-2021 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by HAYDK (Post 286785)
Hiked Swede this morning with my wife Nanny goat. I have been waiting for the opportunity to hike it, all I can say is How "Swede" it is. I went to the Warren County Recreation Mapper and printed out the trail map. The trail map indicates that it is 21.8 miles from exit 25, this is incorrect. I spoke to two other hiking parties this morning and they both had missed the trailhead and turned around at 9N in Hague. Unfortunately I went home and do not have the correct number.
I did take a picture of the reference marker number across from the trailhead, the bottom number is 1412.

That reads 41.2 miles within control segment 1 from the Warren/Hamilton County line to the Swede mountain trailhead. If anyone doesn't understand, the last 3 digits "412" is the mileage in tenths of a mile or 41.2 miles. It's counting upward from the Warren county line near Wells. If you drive in from Hague it would count downward from around 46.3 as an example. It's called the direction of inventory.

If you come in from Chestertown, route 8 will curve a lot along Brant Lake. Once you clear Brant Lake the curves will calm down and the road will widen sometimes with a second lane. It won't be long before you pass a designated paved car pull off on the (RIGHT). It's an obvious pull off not some questionable dirt pull off. When you pass this pull off the trailhead is within 2 miles. The road will climb up beside the mountain and the trailhead is immediately on the right. If you pass Elephant Rock you have gone too far.


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