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Postby backpacker » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:06 am

I have started my next adventure “The Fire Tower Challenge”
This entitles a person to hike to all 5 fire towers in the Catskills and 18 of the 23 towers in the Adirondacks. There is more than 23 in the dacks but the book (challenge) only list the 23 that may be around the longest. Some towers are only steel frame work and unsafe to be on or in. You can find information about the challenge from here


Cathedtral Rock tower was moved from it's original position and rebuilt on the grounds of the Ranger Scool near Tupper Lake. It's now maintained by the Ranger School.

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Mt. Arab tower is maintenaned by a group of people they have a website here

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View from the tower
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby HaloGirl » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:17 am

That's an amazing view!
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Postby Matt » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:18 pm

I love that photo- and look forward to seeing your challenge progress.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby Bill_K » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:00 pm

Wow...very nice view from up there. Can't wait to see the rest from the challenge.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby Brenda » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:05 am

Bill_K wrote:Wow...very nice view from up there. Can't wait to see the rest from the challenge.


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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:41 am

Looks like two more towers on Saturday Azure Mountain and St. Regis mountain, both are near Paul Smith's College. Weather looks good, not sure on snow depth but we'll be on snow shoes. Pictures and info to follow.
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Postby Matt » Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:04 am

hmmm... can't wait until summer? ;)
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:16 pm

St Regis fire tower is now considered a non-conforming structure in the St. Regis canoe area it is likely to be removed soon. I believe the tower has a place in the history of the Adirondacks and should remain until deemed unsafe. At present you can not climb the tower as the bottom two sets of steps are removed. The view from the top is great with out climbing the tower. Due to strong winds (20 plus mph) and a temperature in the teens my stay on top was short and pictures were taken quickly. It’s a 6.8 mile round trip with an elevation change of 1266 feet.

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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:36 pm

Azure fire tower was restored in 2002 check out the website here
the wind was strong here too so pictures were quick, you can climb this tower but it has no windows in it.


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looking out from the tower, thats a rain storm comming in from the right
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saw a lot of small trees with the bark chewed off
then we found out who was doing it


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Re: Fire Towers

Postby Matt » Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:57 am

spectacular views.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby cbobcat49 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:04 pm

http://www.poststar.com/articles/2009/0 ... 456634.txt

BALLSTON SPA -- A group of Adirondack fire tower enthusiasts is hoping Saratoga County officials will help them further their ambitions to restore the tallest publicly accessible tower in the state.

On Monday, representatives of the Friends of the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower group asked a committee of county supervisors to consider transferring 2.5 acres of land it owns underneath the tower to the state.

Transferring the property to the Department of Environmental Conservation, they said, would relieve the county of its responsibility for the land while allowing volunteers to work with state officials on restoration efforts.

It’s an idea that’s been discussed for years, but one that is becoming increasingly viable because the county is removing emergency communication equipment it has on the site.

The county is upgrading its communication system and plans to remove a pair of radio towers it has on top of the mountain this spring.

If the land is transferred, the land trust Saratoga P.L.A.N. and other supporters of the project would undertake fundraising efforts to finance restoration of the 81-year-old tower.

New stairs, landings and windows are likely needed. Advocates say such an effort could be largely volunteer driven, could be done in relatively short order and would cost as little as $10,000.

Once finished, the tower, about 15 miles north of Saratoga Springs, could become a destination for local hikers and bring business to the surrounding area.

Around 25,000 people a year visit a fire tower on nearby Hadley Mountain, and as many as 35,000 could visit Spruce Mountain every year, advocates said.

As a signal of its potential popularity, proponents said the site, located off Fire Tower Road, is already attracting some savvy hikers.

"You have to know where it is, but people have found it," said Jack Freeman, the author of "Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills."

At their zenith, before technology rendered such towers obsolete, there were 128 fire towers in the state, he said. More than 70 have been torn down over the years.

Transferring the property and restoring the tower are just part of the equation, however.

A 2.2-mile trail to the summit would cross privately owned land, and trail easements would have to be acquired before the public could access it legally.

Julie Stokes, of Saratoga P.L.A.N., said discussions about transferring an easement from the landowner – Lyme Timber – are already underway.

County officials deferred a decision on the land transfer Monday but asked County Attorney Mark Rider to research the steps necessary to make the move.

Stokes said she’d like to see restoration begin in late summer or early fall.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:45 am

Good article, hopefully that will add 1 more tower to restored status.
I plan on doing all 28 towers listed in the book “Views from on High“. I’ve also done two that are not listed in the book and have found a website that list more peaks that had towers or the remains of one.
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