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Adirondack Fire Towers
The 3520 foot Mount Adams features a fire tower with amazing views of the high peaks. The hike to the fire tower features a walk across the Hudson River on foot on a iron suspension bridge with the river rushing under you as you are look through the wide mesh crosswalk. There are spectacular views from the fire tower.
In 2010 the cab of the fire tower was damaged by wind storms. In 2011 the fire tower received devastating damage from Hurricane Irene, including the top of the tower blowing off. After two years of major renovations from dedicated volunteers, the fire tower is again open. The iron bridge over the Hudson River was destroyed in 2011 by Hurricane Irene. It was rebuilt in 2013 and there is a picture and video of the new bridge below.
Just after a few minutes on the trail you encounter the Hudson River and a newly built swinging iron suspension bridge that is supported only on each side of the river. You are walking on large iron meshwork so you can look right down and see the Hudson River right under you.
Once past the Hudson River a level walk takes you to Lake Jimmy. The trail was rerouted in 2013 to veer around the lake, rather than the old crossing of the lake. In less than a mile, you'll find and climb the trail that leads to the Mount Adams fire tower. After less than 10 minutes of walking and passing a long abandoned wood shack there is a cairn on the left at 0.8 miles which signifies the start of the fire tower trail.
Bridge over the Hudson River (Sept 3, 2014)
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