Northern Adirondacks in fall with leaves in full color

Owls Head Mountain Trail

Trail Details

Region: Northern Adirondacks
Town: Long Lake, New York
Unit: Sargent Ponds Wild Forest
Distance: 6.3 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
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Wooden ultility pole that appears to have owls horns
Owls Head Utility Pole


A wooden fire tower was erected on the peak of Owls Head around 1911. It was replaced by a steel tower in 1919 and closed in 1979. After restoration work was complete, it was reopened in 2004, and efforts are currently underway to continue maintenance of the tower.

Trail Overview

On the boundary of the West-Central and Northern Regions of the Adirondacks is the scenic peak Owls Head. By climbing the accessible fire tower on the summit, you have 360-degree view of the surrounding hills and lakes. The remains of an old observer cabin add some historical interest as well.

Panoramic view of Adirondacks during the fall
Owlshead Panoramic View
Panoramic Viewer

Of Interest

Firetower atop Owls Head Mountain
Owls Head Mountain Firetower

For many, Owls Head is yet another in a series of popular Adirondack hiking lists; The Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. The fire tower challenge was created by the Glens Falls- Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and began with the publication of Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The purpose of the challenge is not to climb each firetower (some in their current state of repair are hazardous) but rather to hike the trails that lead to the summits. The challenge is also meant to be participatory details of which are best explained on the chapter’s website. My book features three of these fire tower trails; Hadley Mountain, St Regis Mountain*, and of course Owls Head Mountain.

For more information including directions to the trailhead, a trail elevation profile and in depth trail descriptions and detailed directions buy the book!

More Trail Info
Fall colors in the Northern Adirondacks
Owls Head Mountain Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery
GPS Data

Remains of Observer Cabin
UTM Zone(WGS 84): 18T
Easting: 0540336.1
Northing: 4867225.6
Latitude: N 43° 57′ 25.39″
Longitude: W 74° 08′ 58.70″
More GPS Data Coming soon!
Additional Resources
Current Trail conditions for the region on the DEC website. Contact info for Region 5 Forest Rangers on the DEC website. Fire Tower Study for the Adirondack Park. Fire Tower Challenge Information from the Glens Falls-Saratoga chapter of the Adirondack Mountian Club. Fire tower history


*As of the writing of the book the Saint Regis fire tower was still in place but it is designated as a noncomforming structure under the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and planned to be removed.