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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:32 pm

Thanks Yvonne
I'm always open for a hike in the dacks or catskills
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby Matt » Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:48 am

Jim, I always like seeing these... what's the count up to now?
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:50 pm

4 more to go alread started the catskills 35
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:06 pm

Lyon Fire tower
Being the northern most fire tower it was a four hour drive for me. The trail has been changed they added about one mile to the trip (one way) but put the trail on a 8-10 degree incline thus it was a nice hike. Round trip is now about 6.5 to 7 miles vs. the 5 miles in the book. On a clear day you can see the skyscrapers in Montreal, the High Peaks to the south and the St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain. But not on my day it was overcast and foggy, the tower had about a ¼” of ice one-third of the way up and it started to snow. This was the first tower I didn’t climb as high as allowed due to the ice. When your miles from anywhere you tend to be more cautious. Elevation change is 1790 feet and the summit elevation is 3830 ft, and yes modern technology has found its way up here too.

Lyon Fire tower
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The trail near the top
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A visitor durning lunch
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a little out of focus


Ice on the tower
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The base support
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Another view of the tower
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Yet another view
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Being that you can see the snow in the first picture that makes it the first SNOW FALL :D for me this year.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby hobkyl » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:41 pm

Nice photos and trip report Jim!
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:29 am

thanks Kyle
I'll have to go back on a clearer day would be nice to see more than fog
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby Matt » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:34 pm

Excellent. I love that first shot. Have you every tried doing a 360 panoramic from atop of one of the towers?
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:19 pm

Thanks Matt,
I've been playing to make my shots fuller and or give them depth, the 1st one came out good.
As for the 360 most towers don't have a good 360 view, parts of the view will be blocked. Not all towers are accesable to the cabin thus making a 360 near impossible unless you want the tower in it. There has been some, and this one would be one of them except I couldn't see anything.
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:38 pm

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower
Trailhead is 8.1 miles north of Speculator on route 30. Just past Mason Lake, you have to keep an eye open for logging trucks if logging is taking place they hog the road. The road is unmaintained from December 1st to April 1st. Just past the trailhead you cross Miami River (a small stream here) once past the stream the climbing begins. You’ll ascend 1337 feet in 1.5 miles a typical high peak climb. Near the top there is a lot of blow down and the trail is hard to find but once thru it you’ll find the trail with no problem. There is no view from the ground and the cabin is closed but the views are good from the upper levels.

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Tree growth
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Tree on rock
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The first view
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The tower
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Tower and Cabin
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby backpacker » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:15 pm

Black Mountain Fire Tower
Elevation gain is 1046 feet in 2.5 miles, total trip is 5 miles.
The fire tower daters from around 1918, the tower has fallen victim to the modern world. The tower is adorned with radio antennas along with the small rocky summit. A windmill was build around 1996 and shook itself apart; the present windmill still makes a fluttering sound that can be heard from about ¾’s of a mile away. Black Mountain is the highest mountain in the Lake George area thus making it a good place to oversee the lake. On a nice day in the fall this would be the place to photograph the lake area the hills around the lake and the small island in full fall color would be site to see. As for any Bigfoot hunter I saw no signs of him. For those of you that follow Bigfoot Whitehall NY has made Monster Quest and other Bigfoot shows.

The trail and yes they had 6-8" of wet snow
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find the big white bump on the left, follow the ridge to the right this is where your car is parked. the two white dots around the center of the shot is a old farm homsted this is .8 miles from your car! you are 2.5 miles from your car where this picture was taken.
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The tower
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tower and windmill
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sign on fence around tower
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Lake George pano
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby hobkyl » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:10 pm

Awesome photos and TR Jim! I really love that pano of Lake George. :up: :up: In the fall...that would be beautiful...but also risk the encounter of a rattlesnake?
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Re: Fire Towers

Postby ApproachingLight » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:46 pm

Kinda nice view! Good trek.
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