State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

A forested Adirondack mountain landscape is seen from the Wakely Mountain fire tower in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)
The Wakely Mountain fire tower is seen in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

INDIAN LAKE (AP) — New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the tower’s condition has since worsened.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says there’s a chance the tower could collapse in heavy winds. DEC officials plan to make repairs as soon as possible to prevent a collapse.

Wakely Mountain is located just west of Indian Lake in one of the more remote sections of the central Adirondacks.