Mt Adams is one of the hundred highest peaks in the Adirondacks, and also home to a fire tower. The summit is treed-in, offering no view without the aid of the tower. However, the 360 degree view from the tower is considered to be one of the best in the Adirondacks.
New York State first built a wooden fire tower on Mt Adams in 1912. The wooden tower was replaced in 1917 with a steel Aermotor LS-40 tower, which is the tower that still stands today. The tower was last maned by a ranger in 1972.
The fire tower has been restored by the ADKHighpeaks Foundation
. The restoration project was completed in the summer of 2013. For more information about the restoration project, see this forum thread
East River Trail & Mt Adams Trail
There is only one trail to the summit of Mt Adams. It begins at the East River trail-head
on Upper Works Rd, on the right about a 1/2 mile before the road ends at the Upper Works trail-head. The route follows the East River trail for the first 0.7 miles. The East River trail crosses the Hudson River, skirts the north end of Lake Jimmy, and passes the ranger's cabin before reaching the junction with the Mt Adams trail (shortly past the ranger's cabin). The Mt Adams trail climbs 1,726 feet over 1.6 miles from the junction to the summit, with 1,000 feet of elevation gain in the last half mile.
Distance to summit: 2.3 miles
Elevation gain: 1,800 feet