A brand-new trail, located 8 miles to the north of the Town of Long Lake center, has just been completed, offering outdoor enthusiasts an exciting 1.2-mile hike (2.4-mile loop) with a one-way elevation gain of 500 feet. This project, marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15, was a collaborative effort between the Town of Long Lake, dedicated volunteers, the Hamilton County Soil and Water team, and the invaluable assistance of ADK Mountain Club builders, ensuring the safe construction of this trail.
Trail Construction and Tower Renovation
Over the past two summers, this environmentally sustainable project unfolded, featuring a series of rock steps and well-designed staircases that substantially ease the most challenging segments of the trail. At the pinnacle of this hike lies the renowned Buck Mountain Fire Tower, from which the trail draws its name. The tower offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, acting as the perfect reward for the completion of the hike.
From this vantage point, visitors can take in the stunning vistas of the Whitney Wilderness, Little Tupper Lake, Bog Stream, Round Pond, Cat Mountain, Blue Mountain, the Santanoni Range, Mt. Morris, and Coney Mountain. Furthermore, not only has the trail itself been recently completed, but the Buck Mountain Fire Tower has undergone significant renovations under the supervision of a fire consultant from the Excelsior Fire Tower Group, ensuring its preservation for years to come.
When venturing onto this trail, it is of utmost importance to adhere to a set of guidelines that will help preserve the trail for future generations and make sure every hiker has a great experience.
The Town of Long Lake recommends the following: staying on the marked trail, abiding by the Leave No Trace hiking protocol, refraining from campfires, keeping dogs on leashes, and showing respect for the native wildlife inhabiting the area.
Directions to the Trail
This trail can be easily located at 484 South Sabattis Road, County Route 10, Long Lake, NY 12847, which is conveniently situated just off NYS 30. The trail is approximately 8 miles north of the Long Lake Town center, providing a serene escape from town life. It features a spacious parking lot with capacity for over 40 cars, designed to prevent roadside congestion and ensure ample space for everyone to experience the trail’s natural beauty and views.
- MyLongLake.com: Buck Mountain Fire Tower Open September 2, 2023