Explore Mount Arab brought to you by the Friends of Mt Arab

History of the Fire Observers


2006 News Letter        

Mount Arab map from Tupper Lake

Adirondack Fire Towers

2007 News Letter

Shadows by Inga Sapp photo by Frank Hochreiter

Topo map of Mt. Arab with elevation chart

2009 News Letter

From Tupper Lake  go west on route 3, approximately three miles to the hamlet of Piercefield, turn left on the Conifer Road and go a few miles more to the trailhead. Please sign the register.

Mt Arab has been a very popular and accessible hiking destination for generations because of the spectacular views from the fire tower. You can view Tupper Lake and Mount Morris to the southeast, the Adirondack High Peaks to the east, The Raquette River valley to the north, Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the southwest, and Mt Arab Lake and Eagle Crag Lake to the west.



 On Earth Day 1997, the St Lawrence County Environmental Management Council convened a group of concerned citizens and interested organizations to discuss the deteriorating conditions of the summit facilities and the feasibility of undertaking a restoration project.  With the support of St. Lawrence County, the Town of Piercefield, the DEC, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Architectural Heritage and others, the "Friends of Mt Arab" was formed. If you are interested in supporting this   worthwhile project and wish to become  a friend of Mt Arab, please send donations to Friends of Mt Arab, PO Box 185, Piercefield, NY 12973. Make checks payable to "Friends of Mt Arab, Inc.". Remember, contributions  are tax deductible.




Shadows have been reflected on Mount Arabís bare, rocky top for centuries-the soft irregular shadows of passing clouds, the sharp distinct shadows of a flying bird. The rocks patiently reflected whatever was offered to them. There was an occasional footstep by a person bushwhacking to the top and enjoying the view. Lumbermen inspected the growth of the trees and classified the species. The railroad moved in and opened the area to commerce. The lumber industry developed and sawmills sprouted giving employment to the locals. Canadian  lumberjacks joined in employment and populated the lumber camps and settled in the area. Soon sparks spewed on the surrounding forest. During a dry summer the sparks ignited a raging forest fire. It destroyed acres and acres of valuable harvestable growth. We found the testimony when we dug foundations for our camp to be- layers of ashes bore witness to the event. The need for a warning system was evident and the fire towers became part of the landscape. Trails developed and our mountain too became part of the system. In addition to the tower a cabin was built to shelter the observer. The towers were manned but soon forgotten when airplanes were able to patrol the area. The DEC condemned the towers and some were taken down until it was established how much they were part of the local history and whatever was left was declared a HISTORICAL MONUMENT. Ten years ago, we, FOMA, the Friends of Mount Arab with the help and encouragement of DEC, decided to restore the cabin, make the tower safe for the public, establish and maintain the trail and now, on a sunny bright day the sharp, prominent shadow of the fire tower graces the rocks and our magnificent views are here for the hikers to enjoy.



Website by Jon Kopp     Photos by Bruce Dana and Friends of Mt Arab

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