|Town:||Long Lake, New York|
|Unit:||Sargent Ponds Wild Forest|
|Hiking Time:||3-4 hours|
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.
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.
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!
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|UTM Zone(WGS 84):||18T|
|Latitude:||N 43° 57′ 25.39″|
|Longitude:||W 74° 08′ 58.70″|