Blue Mountain Trail

Blue Mountain Lake, New York

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Above the east shore of Blue Mountain Lake, this quick, steep summit ascent reaches a fire tower, retired from duty but open for public viewing, and a cherished 360-degree Central Adirondack view. Besides the sweeping vistas, the trail offers an attractive fir-spruce forest and the historic summit benchmark placed by Verplanck Colvin. Colvin, an important early surveyor, helped open the Adirondacks to the public.
Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

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Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures

by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)

Above the east shore of Blue Mountain Lake, this quick, steep summit ascent reaches a fire tower, retired from duty but open for public viewing, and a cherished 360-degree Central Adirondack view.

Besides the sweeping vistas, the trail offers an attractive
fir-spruce forest and the historic summit benchmark placed by Verplanck Colvin. Colvin, an important early surveyor, helped open the Adirondacks to the public.

© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Blue Mountain Lake
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,559 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: New York State DEC, Region 5, P.O. Box 1316, 701 South Main Street, Northville 12134; (518) 863-4545; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), Adirondack Central Region map (available at ADK online store: www.adk.org) or National Geographic, Adirondack Park Northville/Raquette Lake map (available at traditional and online bookstores); interpretive brochure (generally available at nature brochure box on the trail)
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2010
0

Well marked, moderate trail. Fairly crowded on nice weekends. Steady climb with some scrambling towards the top. About an hour to the top for a great view.


10/26/2009
0

The first half of this trail is easy as pie, the last 1/2 mile is grueling ESPECIALLY in wet/almost icy conditions. INCREDIBLE view at fire lookout, with 360 shots at all of the surrounding lakes and mountains


5/3/2009
0

Moderately steep trail in places. Don't do after the rain. The exposed bedrock gets slippery. At a moderate pace, took 4 hours. Well worth doing for the view from the fire tower on top. Bring a sweatshirt. It's windy and colder up in the tower.


8/16/2008
0

Started out as a partly-sunny to overcast day...weather report said "chance" of showers. At approximately a half hour to the top (the hardest part of the trail) it started to pour with lightning and thunder. When we finally reached the top there wasn't a reason to linger since it was foggy. Overall, a lack luster experience. Not the mountain's fault - only the poor planners hiking up!


5/24/2008
0

Great hike ! Not too long around 4 hours round trip and not difficult but the view at the top of the tower is gorgeous ! Take a wind coat because the wind is freezing at the top of the tower and you want to stay as long as possible to enjoy the view and take pictures.



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