The Fire Tower Challenge

The Fire Tower Challenge dares you to climb a total of 23 mountains crowned with vintage fire towers.

fire tower patchYou must summit 18 of the Adirondack fire tower peaks and all 5 of the Catskills fire tower peaks, for a total of 23 Fire Tower mountains. Note that it is not recommended that you climb the actual tower, as many are in disrepair or closed to the public.

Photo by Pure Adirondacks: Vanderwhacker Mt. Fire Tower

Adirondack Fire Towers:

  • Pure Adirondacks: Vanderwhacker Mt. Fire TowerAdams - Elevation 3250'

  • Arab - Elevation 2546'

  • Azure - Elevation 2518'

  • Bald (Rondaxe) - Elevation 2350

  • Belfry - Elevation 1840'

  • Black - Elevation 2641'

  • Blue - Elevation 3750'

  • Cathedral - Elevation 1680'

  • Goodnow - Elevation 2690'

  • Gore - Elevation 3563'

  • Hadley - Elevation 2654'

  • Hurricane - Elevation 3678'

  • Kane - Elevation 2180'

  • Lyon - Elevation 3819'

  • Owls Head - Elevation 4026'

  • Pillsbury - Elevation 3597'

  • Poke-O-Moonshine - Elevation 2180'

  • Snowy - Elevation 3898'

  • Spruce - Elevation 2009'

  • St. Regis - Elevation 2874'

  • Vanderwhacker - Elevation 3389'

  • Wakely - Elevation 3744'

  • Woodhull - Elevation 2365'

Catskill Fire Towers:

  • Balsam Lake - Elevation 3730'

  • Hunter - Elevation 4039'

  • Overlook - Elevation 3140'

  • Red Hill - Elevation 2914'

  • Tremper - Elevation 2724'

Hikers interested in participating in the Fire Tower Challenge should document their ascent of at least 23 fire tower summits total, including 18 of the Adirondack fire tower peaks and all five of the Catskill mountain fire tower peaks. They should then send their summit list and any impressions, companions, wildlife sightings or details that caught their attention with $3 postage to the Adirondack Mountain Club:

Fire Tower Challenge
Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter Adirondack Mountain Club
P.O. Box 2314
Glens Falls, NY 12801

In return, Fire Tower Challenge members will receive their official patch and bragging rights!

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