The Mt. Adams trail is typical of old fire tower access trails that head straight up the mountain. It leaves the East River Trail at the Observer Cabin and goes directly to the 3,520-foot summit. Mt. Adams provides an amazingly unique view of the High Peaks from below, while towering over the historic mining area and looking down at the Hudson River.
The 4.6-mile round trip hike starts off with Mt. Adams a swinging iron suspension bridge crossing over the Hudson River. Once over the bridge, a level trail takes you around Lake Jimmy. At .07 miles you will pass by the observer’s cabin on your left and locate the trail to Adams on the left at the top of a small rise. A cairn will mark the start of the 1.6-mile fire tower trail that will lead you to the summit with approximately 1800-ft in elevation gain.
Trailhead: The 1st parking area for the Upper Works Trailhead is located on County Route 25, also called Tahawus Rd which then turns into Upper Works Rd in Newcomb, NY. The fire tower trailhead parking area is located just past the MacIntyre Iron Furnace.
Featured hikes are recommended by DEC.
Map of Mount Adams courtesy Adirondack Atlas.