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Lookouts, Fire Towers, and Former Tower Sites Visited


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Our hikes to high ground often include finding a fire lookout tower at the summit, inspecting the remains of a tower that has been dismantled, or noting that a platform is the only remaining evidence of a tower that was removed. This list uses tower names that are posted on the Forest Fire Lookout Association [FFLA] tower pages and references tower pages on the National Historic Lookout Register [NHLR].

Table Legend

NY Fire Tower Challenge
NH Fire Tower Quest
County, State High Point
County High Point
[Fire/Lookout Tower] = tower removed from site
NHLR = National Historic Lookout Register
NRHP = National Register of Historic Places

205 towers/tower sites in 22 states and 2 countries as of 13 October 2012

Towers on Ground Higher Than 2500 Feet

Lookout Tower or former tower site

Elevation

Location: County, State

Date(s)

Note

Parkview Mountain Lookout, NHLR

12246 ft
Grand Co, CO
7/18/2010

second highest lookout elevation in US

Medicine Bow Peak [Lookout]

12013 ft
Albany Co, WY
8/19/2009

 

Squaw Mountain Lookout Tower, NHLR

11486 ft
Clear Creek Co, CO
7/1982

an old Front Range fire tower summit

Twin Sisters Mountain [Fire Tower]

11428 ft
Larimer Co, CO
7/1986

a family hike with young hikers

Owl Mountain [Lookout]

10944 ft
Clark Co, CO
7/16/2010

 

Thorodin Mtn and Fire Tower

10511 ft
Gilpin Co, CO
7/1961

an old Front Range fire tower at 10490 ft on Starr Peak was removed in 1976

Devil's Head Lookout Tower, NHLR

9708 ft
Douglas Co, CO
1961....

a Front Range fire tower summit; visited many times

Jelm Mountain [Lookout]

9664 ft
Albany Co, WY
7/18/2010

 

Somber Hill [Lookout]

9433 ft
Albany Co, WY
7/18/2010

 

Sugarloaf Mountain [Fire Tower]

8917 ft
Boulder Co, CO
1961....

 

Clingmans Dome [Fire Lookout Tower]

6643 ft
Sevier Co, TN; Swain Co, NC
4/6/2004

  

Whiteface Mountain [Fire Tower]

4865 ft
Essex Co, NY
3/23/1976...

many times; first on x-c skis; FT removed to Adirondack Museum in 1970's

Copernicus Peak Lookout

4360 ft
Santa Clara Co, CA
3/16/2007

 

Mount St Helena [Lookout]

4339 ft
Sonoma Co, CA
3/14/2007

Remains lie on this summit, just west of adjacent CoHP

Killington Peak Fire Tower

4235 ft
Rutland Co, VT
1/14/1989

 

Slide Mountain [Fire Tower]

4180 ft
Ulster Co, NY
7/15/1995

Fire tower removed in 1968.

Black Mountain Fire Tower

4139 ft
Harlan Co, KY
4/8/2004

 

Hunter Mountain and Fire Tower, NHLR, NRHP

4040 ft
Greene Co, NY
2/4/1984

 

Pico Peak [Fire Tower]

3957 ft
Rutland Co, VT
1/15/89

Fire tower moved to Killington Peak in 1965.

Stratton Mountain and Fire Tower, NHLR

3940 ft
Windham Co, VT
1/17/1987

 

Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

3899 ft
Hamilton Co, NY
8/31/1986

a family hike

Equinox Mountain [Fire Tower]

3840 ft
Bennington Co, VT
8/7/2005

 

Mount Diablo Lookout Tower

3839 ft
Contra Costa Co, CA
3/15/2007

 

Lyon Mountain Fire Tower

3830 ft
Clinton Co, NY
9/30/2001

 

Blue Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR, NRHP

3759 ft
Hamilton Co, NY
8/14/1983....

many times

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR

3744 ft
Hamilton Co, NY
8/30/1986

a family hike

Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR

3720 ft
Ulster Co, NY
10/4/2009

 

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

3597 ft
Hamilton Co, NY
7/5/2006

 

Gore Mountain Fire Tower

3583 ft
Warren Co, NY
1/2/1976

family on skis

Sassafras Mountain [Fire Tower]

3560 ft
Pickens Co, SC
4/5/2004

 

Mount Greylock [Adams Fire Tower]

3491 ft
Berkshire Co, MA
6/2/90; 7/13/95

 

Vanderwhacker Mountain Fire Tower

3385 ft
Essex Co, NY
9/20/2009

 

Ampersand Mountain [Fire Tower]

3352 ft
Franklin Co, NY
7/2/1992

just Mom and the kids

Tryon Peak Fire Tower
3280+ ft
Polk Co, NC
4/16/2012
 

Burke Mountain Fire Tower,  NHLR

3267 ft
Caledonia Co, VT
1974

 

Crane Mountain [Fire Tower]

3254 ft
Warren Co, NY
9/26/2009

 

Utsayantha Mountain Fire Tower

3214 ft
Delaware Co, NY
8/31/2008

#4 of a 4-site outing; glorious view from cab

Mount Davis Fire Tower

3213 ft
Somerset Co, PA
10/14/2003

  

Mount Monadnock [Fire Tower]

3165 ft
Cheshire Co, NH
5/23/2007

  

Overlook Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR

3140 ft
Ulster Co, NY
6/15/2008

a nice hike to break the drive back from NYC

Blue Knob [Lookout Tower]

3120 ft
Bedford Co, PA
6/20/2011

an easy drive to the top of a ski area

Red Hill Fire Tower, NHLR

2990 ft
Ulster Co, NY
6/18/2006

a nice hike to break the drive back from NYC

Kearsarge Mountain (S) Fire Tower, NHLR

2937 ft
Merrimack Co, NH
6/22/2008

aquainting Frank's feet with his latest pair of Limmers

Berlin Mountain [Fire Tower]

2818 ft
Rensselaer Co, NY
10/11/2008

 

Bramley Mountain [Fire Tower]

2817 ft
Delaware Co, NY
8/31/2008

#3 of a 4-site outing

Dans Mountain Lookout Tower

2880 ft
Allegany Co, MD
6/22/2011

Owls Head Fire Tower

2780 ft
Hamilton Co, NY
8/21/1988

a family mountain bike & walk

Tremper Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR
2740 ft
Ulster Co, NY
10/13/2012
a family hike on a fine autum day

Goodnow Mtn Fire Tower, NHLR, NRHP

2690 ft
Essex Co, NY
7/21/1984

a family hike

Hadley Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR

2675 ft
Saratoga Co, NY
8/23/1986

a family hike

Mt Tamalpais E Pk, Gardener Lookout

2571 ft
Marin Co, CA
3/11/2007

 

Black Mountain Fire Tower

2646 ft
Washington Co, NY
8/27/2005

 

Leonard Hill Fire Tower

2620 ft
Schoharie Co, NY
8/31/2008

#2 of a 4-site outing

Sand Spring [Lookout Tower]

2600 ft
Preston Co, WV
6/22/2011

Moore's Knob [Lookout Tower] NHLR

2580 ft
Stokes Co, NC
4/11/2010

a nice stone lookout tower stits among the concrete footings of the former FT

Alma Hill and Fire Tower

2548 ft
Allegany Co, NY
9/1820/05

FT is not at CoHP

Arab Mountain Fire Tower, NHLR, NRHP

2545 ft
St. Lawrence Co, NY
9/14/2002

 

Azure Mountain Fire Tower, NRHP

2518 ft
Franklin Co, NY
7/23/2005

 

to the 
continuation of this list -- towers on ground lower than 2500 feet

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