Recreation Spotlight: Lyon Mountain Fireplace Tower –


With a rich mining history, Lyon Mountain is a towering peak in Clinton County’s Chazy Highlands Wild Forest. Mining began in the 1860s and lasted until 1967. It produced some of the purest iron ores in the world, and some of that ore was even used to build the Golden Gate Bridge.

At 3,830 feet, Mount Lyon has a large open peak dotted with beautiful spruce trees. There are magnificent views of Chazy Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks. On a very clear day you can also enjoy views of the Green Mountains in Vermont and Montreal in Quebec, Canada. Also, this mountain has a fire tower that can be climbed for an even wider view.

A new trail was built by the Adirondack Mountain Club about 10 years ago. It’s a pleasant trail with three bridges and a series of switchbacks that gradually lead you to the summit. This 6.8 mile loop hike makes for a great day in nature. The parking lot is one mile up a seasonal dirt road off Chazy Lake Road. There is a DEC sign for Chazy Highlands at the start of the dirt road. The path starts opposite the parking lot. Also visit the Lyon Mountain Mining and Railroad Museum. It is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm at 2914 Standish Road, Lyon Mountain.

View from Mount Lyon. Adirondack Explorer file photo