Summary: The hike promised an interesting ending and view with the destination labeled "lookout tower". Packed up the 5 year and 2 year old daughters who were excited about seeing the slopes and surrounding areas from above the trees and not through them. We started out on the Laurel Highlands Hiking trail and then deviated left when we came across the trail/road for the fire tower. From that point it was a simple hike, about a half mile and we came to the....."Tower". In my younger years before I fully understood the probability of a 30 year old 2x4 failing I may have attempted to scale the fence and head up the tower but now with 3 kids and a slew of real responibilities I just laughed. Why? I knew that I had to explain to my daughter that we can't go up what I've been talking up for a couple of days. All in all, a nice hike because of the vistas offered but don't think a nice lunch will be had on the tower floor. All one board of it.
Trailhead: Firetower Road is located off of Route 31 on the Eastern Side of Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Follow signs for parking area/trailhead for Laurel Highlands Trail. It is approximately.75 miles in from Route 31. (Lat:40.03206 Lon:-79.16673)
Trail Guides for Laurel Highlands RT. 31 Firetower Hike:
PA DCNR MAPS
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Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: PA DCNR - 1 888 PA PARKS
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ken Orie
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Reviewed by Gary on 10/14/2005
Call 888 PA PARKS for more info -- not 800 PA PARKS
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