Adirondack Fire Towers

Cameron Hood and Jason Lever

Chances are that if you have made it to this webpage, you have seen, or even been atop, an Adirondack fire tower. While mountain summits around the world are home to fire towers, many strongly affiliate these robust structures with the Adirondack Park.

There is no doubt that Adirondack fire towers are special destinations for hikers in the Park. Each year, between 15,000 and 20,000 groups register to visit the Rondaxe (Bald) and Blue Mountain fire towers, two of the most popular peaks in the Adirondacks.

This website’s two authors atop the Blue Mountain Fire Tower
The Bald/Rondaxe Mountain Fire Tower
View from the Rondaxe (Bald) Mountain Fire Tower

The aim of this website is to provide an overview of all aspects of fire towers in the Adirondacks. The website is divided into four distinct categories – (1) fires in the Park, (2) the development and spread of fire towers in the Park, (3) Fire tower controversy, and (4) Fire towers today. We hope that this website provides you with new and information about these famous structures and helps you think critically about them and their role in the Adirondack Park.