Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has little elevation change.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 22/9N and County Route 4 in Port Henry, follow Route 4 to Route 70. Follow county Route 70 to the crossroads with Tracy Road and Dalton Hill Road. Follow Dalton Hill Road straight through the intersection, up and over the hill to the trailhead on the left. Park across the street on the right.
By the numbers
- Mountain elevation: 1,848 feet
- Distance: 0.6 miles, round trip
From the parking area cross the road and pass through the steel gate, then follow the obvious course of the road. As you near the top it becomes more of a foot trail passing by the radio maintenance shed. The fire tower is open so be sure to climb on up and check out the views of the Champlain Valley and the High Peaks. Remember, you are not required to climb the tower.
Slight views can be had from the ground floor if you don’t like climbing the tower. The old mining communities of Mineville, Witherbee, and Moriah are directly below you and the large mounds of mine tailings can be seen in the distance. Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont can also be seen.
Because of its wide vantage point and view of Lake Champlain, this is a top spot to observe bird migrations through the Champlain Valley. Watch for raptors and hawks!
Belfry Mountain is an easy snowshoe with a scenic payoff from the fire tower. Great for kids and beginners.