Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Belfry Mountain, New York, August 28, 2018

Belfry Mountain (1,850'), 8/28/2018

Mileage: .6 miles (RT)

Elevation gain:
 120'

Trailhead: The trailhead is located on 102-154 Co Hwy 7C, Witherbee.  From I-87 north take exit 30, go right at the end of the exit.  Make a left onto Tracy Road (Co Hwy 6) and drive for 7.7 miles, then take a left onto Belfry Road (Co Hwy 7c).  Trailhead is on your left at the top of the hill - about one mile (small parking area on opposite side of road).

This partially restored firetower was originally installed in 1917 and serves up amazing 360° views.  The steps of the 47' tower are weathered but sturdy and the cab is open.

Hiked solo today.  I had a few hours to kill and decided to chip away at the peaks on the Fire Tower Challenge

The trailhead is easy to find, in fact I drove by it and had to turn around.




This is a great hike for little kids as the wide access road is a short half mile to the top making for a quick reward.


There are discs marking the way.

Yup, this is the trail. It's a little gravelly.

I passed a radio tower and a second building before the road topped out.


Radio tower.




The tower is very sturdy and didn't shake when I climbed it. Steps are narrow and steep.




View of the steps from the open cab.

View of the tower base from the cab.

The view is spectacular!  Both the Adirondacks and Vermont's Green Mountains are visible today.



  

After about ten minutes, I climbed down and returned to my car.  This is number 3 of my firetower quest. 


St. Regis Firetower         Hunter Mountain Firetower