Fire Tower Challenge- Mount Arab

Last week we tried to climb Cathedral Rock, but it was raining when we got there so we detoured to Mount Arab instead.  Mount Arab was actually the first mountain in the Fire Tower Challenge we completed, but it was before Jeston was born so we decided to hike it again.

Mount Arab
2545 foot summit
1 mile climb

At the trail head register there are brochures with information about landmarks on the way up.  This large boulder is about 1/2 way up the mountain and was a perfect resting place before finishing up the climb.  On our climb we saw several little frogs, a couple garter snakes, hummingbirds, and a baby chipmunk.  My almost-5-year-old climbed the whole way up, and my almost-2-year-old climbed a good chunk of it.  They both enjoyed climbing the tower.

The view from the top was amazing!

The top picture is the view to the west, of Eagle Crag Lake.  The picture in the lower left is the Raquette River valley.  At the top we met a volunteer from the Friends of Mount Arab who gave each of the boys a wildlife postcard and a certificate for climbing the tower.

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