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ADK Fire Tower Challenge Jessup River Wild Forest Central Adirondacks
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Central Adirondacks

Jessup River Wild Forest


Snowy
Mountain

 

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The trailhead for Snowy Mountain is on NY 30 south of the town of Indian Lake, just to the north of Lewey Lake State Campground.  It is a hike of about 3.8 miles one way with an elevation gain of over 2000 feet. The first about 2.4 miles is a pleasant walk in the woods along a stream. You cross the stream several times while climbing 600+ feet in the process. The stream crossings on this trail should give hikers no problems in the dry parts of summer and the fall, and it is no problem during the frozen part of winter, but it could be a problem during the snowmelt runoff of spring.

After the last stream crossing, the real climbing truly begins.  The final 1400 feet is ascended in about a mile and a half. The trail becomes much steeper.  Just prior to reaching the 3899 foot summit there is a great view point where you could stop to rest and take a break. The fire tower is just a short walk to the wooded summit.   The tower is in good condition with a nice view, including high peaks to the northeast.

Look below for some pictures, maps and a video featuring this popular fire tower hiking destination in the central Adirondacks. The great pictures below are courtesy of Jake Wilde, from his hike of the mountain in the summer of 2015.

Snowy Mountain Fire Tower (courtesy of Jake Wilde, 2015)

Inside of the fire tower cab (courtesy of Jake Wilde, 2015)

View from Snowy Mountain (courtesy of Jake Wilde, 2015)

View from Snowy Mountain (courtesy of Jake Wilde, 2015)

View from Snowy Mountain (courtesy of Jake Wilde, 2015)

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Above map courtesy of AndyArthur.org

 

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