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    Looking for any information in regards to access for the Stillwater fire tower. Through my research, it looks like the TH was supposed to moved and a partial reroute. I saw some information leading me to believe that this was partially done. I believe that it is still accessible due to easement. Any information is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
    ADKHP: 46/46 34W
    Catskill 3500: #2281 10W
    FTC: 28/29(+3)
    SL6er: Winter Ultra #8

    “You're off to Great Places!
    Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting,
    So... get on your way!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

  • #2
    Bueller....Bueller...
    ADKHP: 46/46 34W
    Catskill 3500: #2281 10W
    FTC: 28/29(+3)
    SL6er: Winter Ultra #8

    “You're off to Great Places!
    Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting,
    So... get on your way!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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    • #3
      Here's some links:

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frien...r/234801852849

      http://www.stillwaterfiretower.org/

      http://www.adirondackexplorer.org/ou...illwater-tower

      Seems like they are in the process of restoring it.

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      • #4
        Just as a follow up for anyone that stumbles across this thread. My son and I were able to hike it. I spoke with the ranger for the area first. Officer Evans, I believe. He was very pleasant and helpful. There is new trail flagged, but not finished. It starts a tenth or 2 farther down the road than the old trail. We lost the "trail" at one point, so it turned into a bit of a whack. The top half of the trail is the same as the old trail. The tower itself is "under restoration" and should NOT be climbed. There were no views from the summit and we did not find any other view points. It's just over 1 mile with about 500 feet of gain to the summit.
        ADKHP: 46/46 34W
        Catskill 3500: #2281 10W
        FTC: 28/29(+3)
        SL6er: Winter Ultra #8

        “You're off to Great Places!
        Today is your day!
        Your mountain is waiting,
        So... get on your way!”
        ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Honey Badger View Post
          Just as a follow up for anyone that stumbles across this thread. My son and I were able to hike it. I spoke with the ranger for the area first. Officer Evans, I believe. He was very pleasant and helpful. There is new trail flagged, but not finished. It starts a tenth or 2 farther down the road than the old trail. We lost the "trail" at one point, so it turned into a bit of a whack. The top half of the trail is the same as the old trail. The tower itself is "under restoration" and should NOT be climbed. There were no views from the summit and we did not find any other view points. It's just over 1 mile with about 500 feet of gain to the summit.
          i thought this was completed already.. Bummer.. I did it from the parking area many years ago, had to bust my way thru the berry patch to find the trial. Many horse flies on that MTN...
          ADK 46-R # 6750W
          CL-50 #51
          CATSKILLS 9/35
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          • #6
            Re: Stillwater Fire Tower

            Originally posted by viewseeker View Post
            i thought this was completed already.. Bummer.. I did it from the parking area many years ago, had to bust my way thru the berry patch to find the trial. Many horse flies on that MTN...
            Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there has been forward progress. It didn't appear that anything had been done in quite some time. I wish I lived closer, so I could help.
            Leonard Hill on the other hand is only about an hour away. So, if it is ever fortunate enough to receive restoration, sign me up!
            ADKHP: 46/46 34W
            Catskill 3500: #2281 10W
            FTC: 28/29(+3)
            SL6er: Winter Ultra #8

            “You're off to Great Places!
            Today is your day!
            Your mountain is waiting,
            So... get on your way!”
            ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Honey Badger View Post
              Unfortunately, it doesn't look like there has been forward progress. It didn't appear that anything had been done in quite some time. I wish I lived closer, so I could help.
              Leonard Hill on the other hand is only about an hour away. So, if it is ever fortunate enough to receive restoration, sign me up!
              Ya, I visited there FB and website, looked dormate with activity..

              Sad... I grew up as a kid with a camp in Number 4 with my father and grandparents, explored my places..Love stillwater and camp on the Res. most every year....
              ADK 46-R # 6750W
              CL-50 #51
              CATSKILLS 9/35
              NPT--Complete 7-6-13

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              • #8
                Restoration in the works

                A new stewardship group joining with DEC was formed 7/27/15, with much greater DEC investment than occurred with the group that started in 2009 and fizzled. Wahoo!

                I am coordinating, and will use ADK Forum and Facebook to try and keep those interested in the loop.

                I live at Stillwater, and my wife's family ties here go back to 1901, before the first concrete dam was constructed. We WILL see this through!

                Contact from those who may be able to pitch in is welcomed.

                [EMAIL="fsft@frontier.com"]
                Last edited by BRFvolpe; 09-09-2015, 02:34 PM. Reason: email address change

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                • #9
                  That is great news BRFvolpe! Stillwater remains one of my favorite places, I have been going there for 35 years and would love to see this happen. Thank you!

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                  • #10
                    Great news about the DEC involvement! Thanks for your efforts!

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                    • #11
                      Work days to renovate Stillwater Fire Tower on 9/26 and 10/3/15. It'll be peak of the autumn color. Stay overnight at Stillwater Hotel, work with us Saturday, and rent a canoe or kayak at the Stillwater Shop Sunday. Email FSFT@frontier.com, or "Like" Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower on Facebook for more info.

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                      • #12
                        2 more volunteer work days added for Stillwater Fire Tower. Sept. 26-27, and Oct 3-4, 2015. 6 bunks open Fri. & Sat. nights in exchange for an honest day's work restoring the tower. Contact me: FSFT@frontier.com. Autumn colors this year guaranteed to be the best ever.

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                        • #13
                          A follow-up to this with new volunteer work days. I know BRFvolpe is very busy, so wanted to cover the update for him here on the forum.

                          Saturday May 14 & Sunday June 12, 2016

                          Targeted official opening of the tower on July 4th weekend. Use the email in the previous post if you wish to volunteer. Hope to see you out there!

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                          • #14
                            I can help out May 14, if there is work to be done, I will be there. Just tell me whats needed?

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                            • #15
                              Dates have been changed, they are now: May 7, 14, 28

                              You can contact Jim through the email listed three posts above this one, or via their FB page. He's the man with the plan, and knows what is needed. Thanks in advance for any volunteers.

                              Keep more up to date via their Facebook page!

                              https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-...-234801852849/
                              Last edited by ndoggac; 04-21-2016, 02:31 PM. Reason: spelling

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