Continuing My Quest to Climb Vermont's Fire Towers!

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Continuing My Quest to Climb Vermont's Fire Towers!

Postby ctyanky » Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:14 am

Weekend hiking weather has been nothing short of amazing here in the Northeast and this weekend promises more of the same! So much so, that in my attempt to "challenge myself" for my VT fall foliage hikes, I am hiking CT's highest peak in Salisbury CT to see the Lion's Head Overlook! I'm so excited and this week I am partnering with my gym's stair master! :lol:

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/

https://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/sprucemountainvt

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! :roll: 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. :P

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!) 8) mind blowing!!!

https://vtskiandride.com/fire-tower-hikes/

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/

Enjoy! CT
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Re: Continuing My Quest to Climb Vermont's Fire Towers!

Postby ctyanky » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:13 am

Yay! :D :D :D Looks like tomorrow (7/14) I may be hiking the summit of Mt. Ascutney in Windsor VT to climb the fire tower there. It appears that it will be in the 50's tonight in the area so getting there early looks to be a great option! Very excited to check this one off my "tower bucket list" and it is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from my CT location staying on 91. I'm hoping the black flies are at a minimum and there is a breeze. :P We do plan on driving the toll road to the summit and taking the slot/slab trails to where they meet with the others. I read that the hang gliding lookout area is great! My dear forum friend bvahjen, former Chester VT resident, emailed me (he has hiked the trails from base to summit) said it was a moderate climb so we'll see!

http://hikenewengland.com/Ascutney081011.php

https://fpr.vermont.gov/mt-ascutney-state-park

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! :wink:

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Re: Continuing My Quest to Climb Vermont's Fire Towers!

Postby ctyanky » Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:46 pm

Geezum, I don't know how I missed this one but another fire tower hike is in my near future! :P Okemo Mountain, Ludlow VT, has a nice drive up to the top on a paved road, and from there you can hike to the fire tower. It is only 2 1/2 hours from my home and I think we are saving this one for after Labor Day and before I head to northern VT for my 2 week foliage vacation. I just got an email from my forum friend and former Chester VT resident bvahjen, and he seems to think that there is no fee to drive up the road. Another one to knock off the fire tower hike passion bucket list. :mrgreen: If we get another cool weekend in August, I might just head up there! Once I get on a roll with an adventure, I can't seem to stop! :roll:

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/

https://www.okemo.com/

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. :wink:

https://www.gmsh.com/

http://chesterfallfestival.org/wp/



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