Vandewhacker Fire Tower
US 1281, NY 46

Photo courtesy of Laurie Rankin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 1281, NY 46 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered June 12, 2018
Nominated by Laurie Rankin
Location Vandewhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Essex County, New York
Coordinates N 43° 53.895' W 074° 05.758' (view using Google Maps)
N 43° 53' 54" W 074° 05' 46"
N 43.898253° W 074.095975°
Elevation 3,325 ft (1,013 m)
Built 1918
Administered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


The 35-foot Aermotor LS 40 tower was placed on the summit of Vandewhacker Mountain in 1918. It was staffed for fire spotting purposes through 1971.

The trail to Vandewhacker Fire Tower is 2.5 miles long with an elevation gain of 1686'. For those with low clearance vehicles,  the road to the trailhead is often rough and one may wish to walk the additional 2.6-mile distance along this road.


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