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Old 06-24-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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Question Weekend Backpack to a Climbable Fire Tower? Suggestions?

Hi all, I've read numerous threads and websites about the fire towers in the ADKs. Two friends and myself are planning our annual backpack together and would like to find a good route for ourselves that includes a climbable fire tower, overnights on Friday and Saturday.

We will be driving most of Friday to get to the location wherever it would be (coming from Hershey PA, Buffalo NY, and Syracuse NY), and we like to get off the trail no later than midday on Sunday for driving back home. We really enjoy time together in camp and at locations, so are not looking for grueling 20 mile weekend hikes.

Can anyone recommend a good route/location? I personally have already climbed Goodnow tower and the tower at the Ranger Shool in Wanakena, so would like a different tower than either of those tow as part of the weekend.

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Old 06-24-2010, 09:22 AM   #2
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Huricane, the views are awesome but you cannot climb the tower.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the vote for Hurricane, but I really want a climbable tower as part of this trip to set it apart from previous "hikes to the top of something". Although I've been in fire towers from Michigan to the Rockies, they haven't.

It's also why I asked this question on the forum, because I can't seem to easily tell from online resources which towers are actually open.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:41 PM   #4
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Here are some firetowers that still have the option of climbing up them:

Cathedral Rock
Owls Head

Overnights for these mountains would have to be planned a little more carefully. A good book with descriptions is "Views from on High" by John Freeman and put out by the ADK Mountain Club. You can find this book on their website. The book is still quite updated, given the publishing date of 2006.

Hopefully that's helpful. If you want more info, feel free to shoot me a private message.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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If you don't have to camp right at the firetower, you could either scamp at the Lewey Lake State Campground, or one of the campsites on the backside of Mason Lake, accessible from the North End Perkins Clearing Road and then climb Snowy.

If you're real ambitious, you could backpack into Tirrell Pond and camp and then Climb Blue Mountain.

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Old 06-25-2010, 07:17 AM   #6
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Here is a good resource:

According to the DEC website the Adams firetower is temporarily closed due to wind damage:
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