Discover Historic Fire Towers

Historic fire tower hikes are a great way to go hiking in the Adirondacks while also exploring the history of our region and still having a set destination end point in mind. Fire tower hikes are especially fun for families and children adding an element of discovery to your day hiking. Get creative and have fun while outdoors by challenging yourself to visit all of the fire towers in the Adirondacks during your vacation.

If you are searching for summit hikes or paths to lakes and ponds we have plenty of those too!

Take the Fire Tower Challenge

There are 5 Hamilton County fire towers that open to the public: Blue Mountain, Owls Head, Pillsbury Mountain, Snowy Mountain, & Wakely Mountain Fire Towers. Three towers are restored, and the other 2 have restoration plans underway. To complete the challenge and receive the full color patch, you must climb all 5 mountains, document the date and fill out a comment for each summit reached. Climbing each tower is not required, nor recommended in order to receive your patch.

Download the Fire Tower Challenge Guide and Instructions.

Fire Tower Hikes: 1 - 8 of 8

Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain Fire Tower may be the best known and most visited fire tower in the Adirondacks and it truly stands up to all the hype.
Blue Mountain Lake

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

Pillsbury is a fairly steep climb to a fire tower. Great views can be seen from the cab of the tower.
Lake Pleasant

West Mountain (Former Fire Tower)

West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit.
Raquette Lake

Snowy Mountain

Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the Adirondacks.
Indian Lake

Owls Head Mountain - Fire Tower

Owls Head Mountain is a prominent peak in the Long Lake area. It is made up of four separate summits, two of which are referred to as the horns. These horns give the mountain the look of an owl's head.
Long Lake

Wakely Mountain

Wakely Mountain's three-mile hike up the mountain is fairly steep and strenuous, and gets very difficult at the end. The firetower can be climbed, and the 360 degree view from the tower is spectacular.
Indian Lake