New trail opens to fire tower on Loon Lake Mountain

LOON LAKE (AP) – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has opened a new trail to the fire tower on top of Loon Lake Mountain in the northern Adirondacks.

The 2.8-mile trail starts on Route 26 in the town of Franklin in Franklin County, about 5 miles north of the hamlet of Loon Lake.

The trail rises more than 1,600 feet from the trailhead to the 2,264-foot summit of Loon Lake Mountain. The open bedrock summit provides views of Lyon Mountain, Whiteface, the High Peaks, and other nearby summits.

The 35-foot Loon Lake Fire Tower is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places but isn’t open to the public.

The trail, trailhead and parking area were constructed over the summer by DEC crews and members of the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program.