Whether it's the view from the summit or from the tower--or the experiences enroute--"fire tower fever" grips
you right away and there's no turning back. Sound familiar? Then you're a person for whom the
Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has
created the Fire Tower Challenge.
Consider the spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Consider the wildlife you may see along
the way and the botanically interesting vegetation on the summits. And consider that for some 50 - 70 years
the cabs atop these towers were the outlooks of "fire spotters," observers whose lonesome vigil was broken
only occasionally by visits from the public.
What is the Fire Tower Challenge?
The Fire Tower Challenge begins with the publication of the guidebook, Views from on High: Fire Tower
Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills
, by John P. (Jack) Freeman.
The Challenge hikes are described in detail, along with a fascinating essay describing the history
of Forest Preserve fire towers by noted historic preservationist Wesley H. Haynes.
Published by the ADK, the book is available from the Club, bookstores, and outdoor retailers.
To join ADK or purchase Views from on High
call 1-800-395-8080 (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Mon through Sat.),
or purchase online
or visit our Lake George and Heart Lake facilities.
You don't need to be a member of ADK to take part in the Challenge.