This hike offers an incredible view from the 1917 restored fire tower. As always, this mountain is the place to go for views that reach as far as Montreal to the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks to the south.
The 3,830-foot summit, and the additional 35 feet of the fire tower, are now rated as a moderate hike with the new 3.5 mile trail (one way.) This route has 11 switchbacks through the steepest sections, and two new bridges. It is now an even more scenic walk, with mossy boulders, forest changes from birches to pines, and a delightful "other-wordly" feel throughout.
Trailhead: From Malone, take County Route 24 east to Merrill Rd south in Bellmont, and continue south to Route 374 east for 14 miles. On Chazy Lake Road in Dannemora, continue south for 1.8 miles to a gravel road on the right. This is Lowenburg Road in the town of Lyon Mountain, marked with a seasonal route warning. About a mile down is a parking area.