Another Adirondack fire tower


Mar 31, 2016
our weather has finally taken a positive swing and so today I had an opportunity to go hiking up to the fire tower on Owl’s Head near Long Lake in the north central Adirondacks.

At the trailhead. Last entry in the log book was on Sunday


Trilliums along the trail

Quite the burl on this tree!


nice smooth trail, luring you into thinking that the trail ain’t gonna be so bad



my flower identification app wasn’t very clear about the blue and white flowers, the yellow one is a trout lily I believe.


Now the trail is starting to show its true colors



site of the fire tower observe’s cabin




And now the final push to the summit, climbing over rocks



Old telephone pole still standing along the trail. Phone line ran to the cabin.


The tower. Not a tall one and in decent shape.


View from the tower looking northeast with a portion of Long Lake visible


Another view. It’s a little hazy as a result of the wind currents pushing smoke from fires in central Canada our way (per our local weatherman).


Wildlife along the trail


more wildlife.


Fungus on one of the trees.

Total ascent was around 1200 feet from trailhead to summit. However with several major ups and downs along the way the total was a bit higher. The last half mile was pretty steep! Nice breeze at the top kept the black flies at bay most of the time. And it was hot up there too. My truck’s thermometer said it was 82 degrees when I got back down to the trailhead. 6.3 miles r/t


Aug 18, 2018
Nice and it feels like summer lately! How bad were the black flies? They have been out in full force at home this week.
The white and blue flowers are wild violets, they spread like crazy.
Love the Trillium and the lily, beautiful.
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