Qam1's ascents on 10/24/2015

Bowling Green Mountain

I parked at the Snowbowl, (which is a defunked ski center). There are signs there reading it is now county land open to the public and they are still trying to figure out what to do with the land. So happily there are no parking or trespassing issues.

I followed the obvious service road up to the radio tower. It's a steep sucker, with the #5 pitch being quite a doozy.

The herdpath from the radio tower to the fire tower while unmarked is easy to find and follow. With the leaves on the trees, you can't see the fire tower until you pretty much reach it. Going from the radio tower to the fire tower it seemed to take 15-20 minutes, though coming back from the fire tower to the radio tower seemed to take 5 minutes (why the difference, real or perceived I don't know).

At 80 feet, the fire tower is quite tall. I've done many fire towers in the Adirondacks, none are this high, though unlike the rickety wooden steps of the Adirondack fire towers, this tower, including the steps are made of steal. The top cabin is closed but you can climb enough stairs to clear the tree line. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day and the views weren't as good as they could be.

Going back down to mix it up I took the ski track next to the radio tower down. I was hoping it would be a short cut but it's much longer. It heads to towards the high school and is steep and probably overgrown in summer. Though I did see a box turtle crossing the path.

Box Turtle on path
Overcast views to the East from the tower