Loon Lake Mountain (Fire Tower)
Vertical Ascent = 1,642'
Elevation = 3,335'
A friend of mine was describing her journey leading a group of boys up Loon Lake Mountain. She had gone in early summer and had experienced a wet trail and lots of mud. Though challenging, she described the trail with such joy that I had to bring my daughter along this rediscovered path.
The 2.8-mile trail is accessed from a parking area on CR 26 in the Town of Franklin, north of Loon Lake. With an elevation of 3,335’ and a vertical ascent of 1,642’, the trail is well tagged with yellow trail markers. The path zigzags from woods to logging roads before reaching the base of the mountain. Even in late summer the trail is swampy in places.
We discover that the most difficult part of the trail was about ½-mile from the summit. After crossing four plank bridges the trail started gaining in elevation quite quickly. From that last bridge to the summit there was a lot of washout, roots and rocks to maneuver before seeing the first glimpse of the fire tower.