Pillsbury Mountain Firetower
in Southern Adirondacks


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Pillsbury Mountain Firetower is located at the edge of the Jessup River Wild Forest and the West Canada Wilderness. To reach there, you have to drive North of Spectulator, and take about 6 miles of fairly smooth logging roads through International Paper’s Perkins Clearing Easement.

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Pillsbury Mountain Sign at Mason Lake on July 31, 2010

Hiking Bridge Across Miami River. Not that th Miami River really deserves to be called a river, but on the trail up the Pillsbury Mountain, its particularly small.

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Hiking Bridge Across Miami River at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Taking the trail Up Pillsbury Mountain. It’s about two miles long, and not a difficult hike, although you do gain about 1200 in elevation.

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Trail Up Pillsbury Mountain at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

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Broken Views Climbing Pillsbury at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

About a 1/4 mile before reaching the tower, reach marshy and thick boreal forest that the trail passes through, with some re-routes to avoid the muck kicked up over the years.

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Often Muddy Trail Atop Pillsbury at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Approaching Fire Tower.

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Approaching Fire Tower at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

People Die Here. I kid you not, that’s what the cabin says when you first get here. Combined with the creepy fire tower top, it’s kind of neat.

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People Die Here at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Tower Cabin. That sure looks scary, doesn’t it? Now I understand why people die up here, probably with a secret DEC Forest Ranger, who hides up there, shooting at people he or she doesn’t like. Or maybe not.

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Tower Cabin at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

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Pillsbury Mountain Firetower at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

The tower is pretty conventional with normal looking landings, a rangers cabin, and a clearing for a helicopter to land in an emergency.

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Landings at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

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Fire Place and Clearing for Helicopter Landing at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

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Old Rangers' Cabin at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

The views from the tower are quite great. Looking east thru the Jessup River Wild Forest.

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East at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Snowy Mountain to the North. If you look carefully, you can see the tower up top of it.

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Snowy Mountain at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

South towards Lake Pleasant and Spectulator.

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Lake Pleasant at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Moose River Plans and West Canada Creek Wilderness from Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower.

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Moose River Plans and West Canada Creek Wilderness at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

North towards Cedar River Flow and Wakely Mountain. If you look carefully, you should be able to see the Wakely Mountain Firetower from here.

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Towards Cedar River Flow at Pillsbury Mountain on July 31, 2010

Map of the hike.


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