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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Spruce Mountain(Southern Adirondacks)

For many years Spruce Mountain's Fire Tower in the town of Corinth (Saratoga County) sat closed, but this week the tower has reopened to the public. Despite land disputes with neighboring logging companies, unmarked trails to the summit have remained popular with hikers over the years but the DEC has just recently completed a marked trail to the reopened tower.  For further information please refer to this article:
 To find the trail head, take Route 9N south out of Corinth, then bear right onto Wells Road until you arrive at a T junction.  Turn right again on Spruce Mountain Road and follow it to the end where the parking lot is at the large snowplow turn around .
 Leave the parking lot and head straight ahead on an old road, where a state land sign is found at a bridge crossing over a tributary of Sturdevant Creek.
 The trail climbs steadily over 1000 feet in 1.2 miles.
As the trail nears the summit, you will leave deep woods and emerge into a more open area.
Arriving at the 2009 foot summit of Spruce Mountain.  The view from the base of the 73 foot fire tower.
After climbing up to the top, you will be rewarded with 360 degree views.  Here is the view straight down from five and a half stories up.
 The view SE towards the Hudson Valley.
 The foliage is eye popping right now!  Here is the view NW to the southern Adirondacks.
 More fall color.
 Nearby radio tower.
 Macomber Vly lies just to the west of the summit.
Enjoyed the views for a while from the heated tower cab.  There were many others out enjoying the new trail and wonderful weather.  Retraced my steps off the mountain and back to the car.  Hiked 2.4 miles total RT on a perfect fall day!

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