Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower
US 1072, NY 34
CNYHiking.com photo

CNYHiking.com photo

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1072, NY 34 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered January 3, 2015
Nominated by David Petrelli
Location Franklin County, New York
Coordinates N 44° 33.492' W 074° 09.098' (view using Google Maps)
N 44° 33' 30" W 074° 09' 06"
N 44.558200° W 074.151633°
Elevation 3,332 ft (1,016 m)


One of the early lookouts in the state, erected in 1917, and reconstructed in 1927 after it was blown down by a hurricane, Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower is again a popular hiking destination since the NY DEC rebuilt the trail in 2013. The 35’ Aermotor tower is in poor condition and is scheduled for rehabilitation.


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Visit Reports

July 5, 2007: David Petrelli


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? No Response
Condition of wood OK? No Response
Stairs OK? No Response
Glass intact? No Response
Good condition? No Response
Comments: While the 35' Aermotor LS40 steel tower and cab are in structurally sound condition the structure need considerable work to be safely accessed by the public. The structure is in need of painting and replacement of tow of the cab roof panels. Additionally, all of the wood including steps and cab floor need to replaced.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? No Response
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? No Response
This tower can be succcessfully restored as it is currently on an NYS classification of land that allows it to remain. However currently the main trail access is on privately owned property. However public access will be possible after Earth day 2009. Currently there are efforts to create a committee to restore this tower for safe public use.