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  • Closed fire towers?

    Are there currently any closed firetowers, ADKs, Cats, or elsewhere in New York?

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    Cathead, for one. Buck Mt. on the Whitney property?

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    • #3
      Mt Morris has a tower on private land

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      • #4
        Pillsbury mt firetower has been closed for many years

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        • #5
          Do you mean closed, as in cab locked up, stairs missing? Or closed, meaning you cannot hike to the tower at all?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by forgedin78 View Post
            Do you mean closed, as in cab locked up, stairs missing? Or closed, meaning you cannot hike to the tower at all?
            Cab is closed mountain and trail are open.

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            • #7
              Dundee and WBB, are the three towers you mention ALL on private land? If so, is permission to hike possible and/or required?

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              • #8
                Cathead is on private land and is being used as a police relay station. I don't think permission will be given. The whole mountain is closed.

                Pillsbury is on state land and you may climb the peak any time.

                I've only seen Buck Mt. on the topos, don't know anything about it.
                Last edited by dundee; 09-11-2018, 11:45 AM.

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                • #9
                  Black Mt. in the Lake George Wild Forest has a "closed" fire tower.

                  Tick Magnet

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                  • #10
                    In the Adirondacks there are seven towers that are on private land where you need permission to hike to.

                    Cathead- Hatch Brook Sportsman Club
                    Swede- Leased to a Hunting Club, owned by Lyme and Timber
                    Palmer Hill- owned by a surveyor
                    Mount Morris- owned by a surveyor
                    Meenahga Hill- Was owned by a Cadillac Dealer. I don't know about now
                    Buck- Whitney Tower (Cedar Heights Timber)
                    Salmon Lake- Whitney Tower (Whitney Industries)
                    Last edited by Lonehiker; 09-23-2018, 03:16 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lonehiker View Post
                      In the Adirondacks there are seven towers that are on private land where you need permission to hike to.

                      Cathead- Hatch Brook Sportsman Club
                      Swede- Leased to a Hunting Club, owned by Lyme and Timber
                      Palmer Hill- John Deming a surveyor, I met the guy
                      Mount Morris- John Deming a surveyor, I met the guy
                      Meenahga Hill- Was owned by a Cadillac Dealer. I don't know about now
                      Buck- Whitney Tower (Cedar Heights Timber)
                      Salmon Lake- Whitney Tower (Whitney Industries)
                      The survey of my Elizabethtown property was done by a John Deming (in the 1970s); do you think it's the same John Deming who owns the two properties mentioned above

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                      • #12
                        Gore Mtn. tower has a lots of comm. equipment installed on it and a "No trespassing" sign in place. I guess one could ignore the sign but frankly I don't want to get that close to microwave dishes anyway. Great views from the ground nearby.
                        Exploring the US one mountain at a time.

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                        • #13
                          Is Wakley still closed?
                          Loon Lake mountain has a closed one in disrepair too.
                          Spencer Bigfoot

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SpencerVT View Post
                            Is Wakley still closed?
                            Loon Lake mountain has a closed one in disrepair too.
                            No, now open.

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                            • #15
                              Berry Hill (Chenango County) is currently being restored and will open to the public sometime next year according to DEC's website. I thought this would be a good place to post this recent development.

                              Some closed towers in the western half of New York State that I am aware of:

                              Allegany State Park: There are two standing towers in the park, Mount Tuscarora and Summit Hill. Neither can be climbed. The former is in a state of disrepair and the latter is fenced off as of this past spring.

                              Alma Hill: Highest peak in Western New York that is on private land. Lots of "No Trespassing" signs on the side of Alma Hill Road. An old photo of the firetower can be seen on this page.

                              Jersey Hill: Only the foundation blocks remain today in the middle of a designated camping area.

                              Arab Hill: Not a firetower per se, but an interesting structure nevertheless. Fenced off as you can see in the picture.

                              The DEC website, CNY Hiking, and the Forest Lookouts page all provide good info on both open and closed towers throughout the state.
                              Last edited by hikingandwildex; 10-23-2020, 05:26 PM.

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