Mount Arab is a fire tower peak that is also part of the Tupper Lake Triad. Mount Arab is located in Piercefield, a short drive from Tupper Lake. Once in Piercefield follow the signs for Mount Arab trail head. From the parking area, cross the main road and sign in at the trail register that's located just up the trail.
The well-marked path is moderately steep for the bulk of the hike but there are short, steep sections. The trail follows the northern ridge of the mountain and keeps the steeper slopes off to the hiker's right.
Before long, hikers will see a small cliff on their left that they will soon be on top of. From there the trail moderates nicely before topping out on the open summit. Be sure to climb the fire tower for some outstanding views you can’t get from the summit itself. From the top of the fire tower you will have views of Arab Lake, Eagle Craig Lake, and Tupper Lake. Fall is a great time to discover Mount Arab as the foliage colors paint the landscape.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the village of Tupper Lake, follow Route 3 toward Piercefield. In about 7.25 miles, turn left on Conifer Road and follow it for almost 2 miles to Mount Arab Road, on the left. Follow that road for about 1 mile. The trailhead is on the left; parking is on the right.
Please keep dogs leashed.
Elevation: 2,525 feet
Ascent: 750 feet
Distance: 1 mile
Find out more
Read the blog, Mount Arab: A Fire Tower Peak, for trail information and the museum.
Aside from the short, icy sections that typically appear under low snow conditions, Mount Arab makes for an enjoyable snowshoe trip. Expect to find the trail nicely packed soon after a snow storm. Use caution climbing the fire tower in the winter due to slippery steps.
Approximate time, round-trip:
Experienced snowshoers: 2 hours
Out-of-shape snowshoers: 2.5 hours
Difficulty (1=easiest, 5=hardest): Two. This hike is good for a beginner snowshoe, but it can be a bit steep and slippery.