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Under 2 Mile Hikes

Bald Mountain, Old Forge New York

Bald Mountain, or Rondaxe Mountain fire tower as some people call it, is part of the Adirondack Park in New York State. It is located just outside of Old Forge, New York. The summit of this mountain reaches 2,350 feet above sea level with a trail length just under 1 mile & 500 feet of elevation gain. The trail itself is relatively short but does have steep sections and ledges with drop offs.

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Beebe Hill, Austerlitz New York

The hike begins on a trail through a hardwood forest. The trail climbs gradually, gaining 383 feet of elevation over a little less than a mile. It passes a lean-to and a small pond on its way to the summit at 1822 feet of elevation above sea level. On the summit, there is 60-foot tall fire tower and an observer’s cabin a short distance away. You can climb the tower for amazing 360-degree views, which includes the Catskill Mountains to the south, and the Berkshires of Massachusetts to the east.

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Belfry Mountain, Witherbee New York

Belfry Mountain is an easy hike of just less than a mile round-trip, gaining only 120 feet of elevation. The hike travels along a gravel road and becomes more of a path near the summit, at 1840 feet of elevation. At the summit, there is fire tower, built in 1917 and standing 47 feet tall. Climb the tower for views of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondack high peaks.

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Kane Mountain, Caroga New York

This southern Adirondack mountain has a fire tower at its summit. The half mile trail climbs nearly 600 feet to the top of the mountain which is at an elevation of 2,180 feet above sea level. The summit itself has a fairly large clearing that is surrounded by trees. The firetower is a 60-foot-tall steel-frame lookout tower erected in 1925. There is also an observer's cabin built about 1960.

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Owls Head, Keene New York

This mountain offers great views. The trail is just over a mile round-trip and is steep in sections, ascending about 500 ft. to an elevation of 2120 ft. There are lookouts along the trail so you have views as you ascend. The summit is open rock and offers views of Giant, Cascade, Porter, and Pitchoff Mountains.

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Vroman's Nose, Fulton New York

Vroman's Nose offers expansive views of the Schoharie Valley below. It is a prominent local landmark with historical significance dating back to the Revolutionary War. The summit rises to 1,220 feet above sea level with a 600 foot drop to the valley below. The hike consists of a 1.8 mile loop trail with an elevation gain of 485 feet. The summit is a large, flat surface left by glacial movements that also has inscriptions carved into its surface dating back to the 1800’s. Vroman's Nose is a portion of the Long Path which runs from the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey to Altamont New York.

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