On a clear day, the summit of Tooley Mountain offers incredible views of the East, and Northeast from it's partially open summit. With such great views, Tooley mountain was once home to an "Adirondack fire tower" which was used by Forest Rangers to scout the area for forest fires. Once the Fire tower was no longer needed, it was dissassembled and moved to the "Ranger School" in Wankena, where it now stands upon
The tower's foundation is all that remains on the summit and is there to remind us of this Mountains historical role in the protection of the Adirondacks.
This trail is perfect for WHOLE FAMILY (year round ) expeditions, and really only receives minimal attention in the winter. Tooley Mountain certainly makes for a lovely snowshoe trip, as well as a moderate crosscountry ski destination, for those looking for something a bit more challenging during the winter months.
Tooley Mountain access:
From NYS Hwy 3 in Cranberry Lake turn onto "Tooley Pond Road. Continue 3.2 Miles to the clearly marked and well maintained Parking Area and trailhead.
The trail is about 100-feet further up the road on the left.
The loop breaks off just before the summit and follows a shorter route that will bring you back down to Tooley Pond Road 0.5 miles from the parking lot.
Trail uses: Hiking, Snowshoe, XC Ski