Anyways, there are quite a few fire towers in Vermont and thus far, I have climbed the one in Stratton and Mt. Olga. The 360 views on these towers were unbelievable. We had ultimately clear days for both and the climbs to the tops were well worth it! I met Charles (ixl) our talented SOV photographer from this forum two years ago for Mt. Olga (Molly Stark State Park near Wilmington) and he remarked that it was the best viewing day he had ever had there. I would recommend choosing the clearest day you can to climb the towers for views that will render you speechless!
Next fall, we are hiking Spruce Mountain's fire tower in Plainfield, VT as it will be during the time I am in Peacham for the week. So excited! Here are a few links to get you interested!
http://nhlr.org/nhlr.org/lookouts/us/vt ... ire-tower/
I would love to add Elmore Mountain's Fire Tower this fall and Mt. Ascutney's tower but they may have to wait for another season! After reading topics on Belvidere's hike to the fire tower, I decided that I am certainly not up to the skill level required for this trek. It even sounded scary! There is a slight chance to climb the one on Burke Mountain if it is doable when I am at Burke's Fall Foliage Festival.
Here is a great link for the fire towers in Vermont! I hope you can find the time to enjoy them because the views are over the top (so to speak!) mind blowing!!!
https://www.amazon.com/360-Degrees-Verm ... 1888021128
I personally love this website! I've gotten lots of recommendations for all things Vermont here and the link is great for the fire tower hikes with photos!
https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/vermont ... -hikes-vt/
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot
https://www.trailfinder.info/trails/tra ... state-park
I read where there is a nice place to eat on the way home called "Exit Ate" for Sunday brunch in Ascutney (which we will need) so if anyone has been, please advise!
I follow this amazing VT blogger's site and she has some more descriptions of the fire towers.
http://www.happyvermont.com/2016/08/05/ ... -to-visit/
It is a good possibility that we will combine it with the Chester Fall Foliage Festival in September, (been at least 3 times) and a stop at the Green Mountain Sugar House for a maple creemee and lots of made in Vermont gifts! I just love that place, such friendly staff and owners. Plus, I'm plumb out of VERMONT maple syrup and I'm in maple syrup withdrawal.
Here are the six I have left to do. I highly recommend tower hikes. The views at the top are extreme!
Spruce Mountain, Plainfield (this October)
Burke Mtn, Burke (this October during their fall festival)
Elmore Mountain, Elmore
Bald Mountain, Westmore
Allis State Park, Randolph
Belvidere Mountain, Belvidere
The summit of Belvidere Mountain is occupied by a 50 foot tall Fire Tower that was first built in the early 1900’s and recently rebuilt in the early 1990’s. The summit is partially wooded and without the Fire Tower it has excellent views to the East. Though from the top of the Fire Tower you will have spectacular views of the Green Mountains, the Cold Hollow Mountains, several Canadian Mountains and if it’s clear enough, Mount Washington in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire, 71 miles away.
Great views from up there of all of northern VT, and NH.
Tower 1-8026 by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
Fog in the Valleys 2016 by Tim_NEK, on Flickr
The most overlooked tower in Vermont is Mt Monadnock. It has been a long time since I've been there but I hear the tower has been fixed up to make climbing it safe again.
Secondly, thank you so much for the Mt. Monadnock tower listing. I never heard of it! I'm definitely adding it to my tower hike bucket list and I really appreciate the link. I'm wondering why I never came across it in my searches. I have quite a few now to conquer as someone else mentioned the Belvidere tower I was missing, and now I will include this one.
Questions: 1) are the climb logistics to the summit from the toll road and/or the lift ride - Sherburne Express, see my last update on the foliage lift ride post - that they are doing on the Burke Fall Festival the same? (only about 150 yards and 50 feet of elevation gain to get to it from the parking area). The reason I ask is that we are not driving the toll road rather taking the lift. I drove the toll road with Phil and I thought it was a bit scary! Or he may have driven like that to make me crazy!
2) Since you are the expert in the NEK, can you tell me how to get to the hike over look that takes on the views of Lake Willoughby from the SE corner rock? I have seen it several times on the VermontbyVermonters Instagram (my favorite) and I can not for the life of me find the directions to get there. We hope to do it this coming fall season.
Thanks again for your gorgeous photos! CT
This shot is looking north from the Burke tower. However it was not one of my photos published as two page spreads in Vermont Life. However, I think it (or a similar shot) may have been published in one of the Kingdom Guide.
The Sherburne lift starts at the Base lodge and only goes 1/4 of the way up the mountain. There is no lift ride to the actual summit of Burke during the fall. You have to drive (or hike) to the top.Questions: 1) are the climb logistics to the summit from the toll road and/or the lift ride - Sherburne Express, see my last update on the foliage lift ride post - that they are doing on the Burke Fall Festival the same? (only about 150 yards and 50 feet of elevation gain to get to it from the parking area). The reason I ask is that we are not driving the toll road rather taking the lift. I drove the toll road with Phil and I thought it was a bit scary! Or he may have driven like that to make me crazy!
The south hiking trail for Mt Pisgah is what you are looking for. If you are heading north on Route 5A, the trail head and parking area are on your right at the top of the hill before you start descending toward the lake (about a 1/2 mile before getting to the south beach area). The overlook is a little over a mile up the trail. https://www.hikenewengland.com/Pisgah090516VT.php2) Since you are the expert in the NEK, can you tell me how to get to the hike over look that takes on the views of Lake Willoughby from the SE corner rock? I have seen it several times on the VermontbyVermonters Instagram (my favorite) and I can not for the life of me find the directions to get there. We hope to do it this coming fall season.
Also, I am taking the lift ride up separately from the hike to the fire tower. My VT friends don't want to hike after being at the fair all day so I'll go up myself to the summit and climb the tower. I understand I have to drive the toll road until the campground, park, and then walk up to the summit. Hopefully, it will be a beautiful day for the Burke Fall Festival!
This one will be on my fire tower hiking quest for sure.This hike climbs about 1000’ vertical feet with some sustained pitches along the way. Work roads are well established but can get steep - but the 360-degree views from the newly rebuilt tower are well worth it! Mansfield to the North, Camels Hump to the South, Worcester Mountains East, and perhaps the single most beautiful sunset view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the West!
https://www.boltonvalley.com/summer/is- ... or-a-hike/
What better way to immerse yourself in the forest and become one with Mother Nature! And those 360 views!!!!!!
https://www.nh.gov/nhdfl/documents/towe ... ochure.pdf
https://www.nh.gov/nhdfl/natural-herita ... /index.htm
I've not been to any NH fire towers but Magalloway Mountain in Pittsburg is so beautiful, that would be one I would try to do first.