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Top 3 Fire Tower Hikes

Want a backcountry room with a view? Climb these lookouts from Vermont to Washington.

Glastenbury MTN, VT
Brave an ancient curse

Native Americans believed this 3,748-foot-high mountain was evil, citing legends that the peak swallowed its victims. Test the hex on this 21-mile loop to the peak’s 57-foot tower. Access the Long Trail five miles east of Bennington, and gain 2,500 feet on the moderate 10-mile hike to the lookout. It’s day use only, so drop your pack at the 12-person Goddard Shelter before walking the last 0.3 mile to climb the tower to views of the Adirondacks. The next day, follow blue blazes 7.5 miles on the West Ridge Trail to 2,857-foot Bald Mountain, then descend to the junction with Bald Mountain Trail. Turn left, reaching the trailhead in 2.8 miles. Close the loop by turning right and going 0.7 mile to VT 9. Go left and road-walk another mile to your car. (802) 747-6700

After The Fire
Hit Marigold Kitchen in North Bennington for a Sophia Pie, a brick-oven pizza with basil pesto, locally grown tomatoes, and mozzarella.

The Way

From Bennington, go east on VT 9 for 5.2 miles. Trailhead parking is on the north side of the road.

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