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A Towering Peak
Mt Arab retains its special attraction. It’s an old but still usable Fire Tower that is its top attraction. The view is great, and there is something about being on top of a peak and then climbing stairs to be even more above it all that makes this a special place to climb. The hike is short, around a mile each way. This tower was first erected in 1918. Towers were like lighthouses, and the keepers, called observers, lived nearby, and were on the summits to warn of smoke. In the second world war they also reported plane traffic.
Degree of Difficulty
It’s a 3, middling easy, because you do hike up, even if you skip the last flight of stairs. The asscent is around 760 feet, and the trail a bit over a mile each way.
Good for Kids?
It’s a 4, our second highest rating. This is often a first climb for kids, lured on by the promise of the tower and the reality of the short climb and big view.
What to Look For
Watch for that last step (just kidding of course). Actually one of the great things to see from the summit are the different lakes spread out below you, and from up here you can detect how they were made. The lakes that look like long splits are usually that. They are places where the Earth’s crust splintered from continental crashes. The glacier cleared out the broken rocks and voila, long lakes along the cracks of crust. The others are round, and some of these were made when giant pieces of glaciers got buried in sand. When the ice finally melted they lefta hole in the sand, now filled by more modern water.
At The Wild Center?
The Lakes exhibit shows more about how lakes got made, and includes a swimming collection of the big fish that shelter in the cold deep waters. Many of these oldest Adirondack trout species swam into these lakes while the ice was still melting 10,000 years ago. They leapt up the rivers of melt water. They still prefer cold water, and will stay here as long as the winters are frozen and the cold springs and brooks chill the waters all summer.
Forest of Giants
Remember how forests looked to the Brothers Grimm? Trails wove around the feet of towering trees that looked like the columns of a living vaulted cathedral. That's this forest, with some trees that have seen 500 winters. Go back. Manhattan is a...
A Big Sandy Stretch
The prevailing winds has blown up one of the longest sandy beaches in the Adirondacks on this shore of Middle Saranac Lake. It’s an easy walk from the same parking lot you use to access Ampersand Forest and Mountain.
Most beaches around...
A Towering Peak
Mt Arab retains its special attraction. It’s an old but still usable Fire Tower that is its top attraction. The view is great, and there is something about being on top of a peak and then climbing stairs to be even more above it all that makes this a...
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