Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Lake, New York 12812

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is one of the most popular hikes in the Adirondacks, up a nature trail to a fire tower and a 360-degree view. Blue Mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in the Adirondack Park. About 15,000 people ascend to its fire tower along a fourteen- point nature trail each year.

If you follow the trail guide available at the sign-in box, over the course of the hike, you get a good sense of the geologic and natural history of the region. Some of the numbered points of the nature trail are included as markers in this trail description."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Discover the Adirondacks (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Peter W. Kick
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"This popular climb, with its striking views into the High Peaks, is complemented by a visit to the nearby Adirondack Museum and Blue Mountain Lake." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Adirondacks (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore Ballard
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"One of the most popular hikes in the Adirondacks, up a nature trail to a fire tower and a 360-degree view. Blue Mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in the Adirondack Park. About 15,000 people ascend to its fire tower along a fourteen-point nature trail each year. If you follow the trail guide available at the sign-in box, over the course of the hike, you get a good sense of the geologic and natural history of the region. Some of the numbered points of the nature trail are included as markers in this trail description." Read more
Hiking New York (Falcon Guides)
Rhonda and George Ostertag
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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." Read more

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7/20/2018
This trail is very rocky but if you don't mind the extra workout and enjoy scrambling you'll like it. The views at the fire tower are very cool. It's not an easy hike for sure but I highly recommend it if you're up for a challenge.
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7/10/2018
This trail is super rocky, boulders and tree roots abound, so watching your footing is essential. It could be pretty crazy to navigate when wet. Nevertheless, the 2 mile challenging hike up to 360-degree beautiful views is so worth it!
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7/27/2012
Hiked with three kids, age 6, 4 and a baby who was on my back. A steady uphill but definitely worth it! We hiked Goodnow Mt. Two days prior to get the kids ready for the climb and they made it to the top and back to the car just fine
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8/7/2010
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.
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10/26/2009
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
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5/3/2009
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.
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8/16/2008
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!
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5/24/2008
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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10/10/2007
While the views at the top are wonderful, be very careful in the fall on this hike. Over 1/3 of the trail is rock (rock slabs, not rocky) with water running over it. It is very, very slippery and very steep. Be advised.
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9/30/2007
great for all the family - wonderful views from the top
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Trail Information

Blue Mountain Lake
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
1,537 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Snowshoeing
Additional Use
Views
Features
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Northville-Placid Trail
Local Contacts
Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Blue Mountain Lake
Local Maps