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An Adirondack & Catskill Hiking Challenge: Hike 23 Fire Tower Peaks!

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 25 Adirondack fire tower peaks and all 5 of the Catskills fire tower peaks, for a total of 23 Fire Tower mountains. Each mountain listed below should have a standing fire tower on the date of your ascent.

The Adirondack Mountain Club, which started this challenge in 2001, asks that in addition to recording the dates of your climbs that you take note of additional details like the weather and wildlife sightings.

fire towerSpruce Mountain Fire Tower

Please note: Fire towers are extremely unsafe during the winter. Do not climb them if you are embarking on the Firetower Winter Challenge between the dates of December 21 and March 21.

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'

Submit your summit list, dates, any impressions, and $5 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! Please allow four to six weeks to receive your patch.

Find out more from the Adirondack Mountain Club here: https://www.adk.org/play/earn-a-patch/fire-tower-challenge/

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