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    Vermont Fire Towers

    Related to the other thread about Vermont Fire Towers, I started comparing the book and the web list.

    It turns out the book does not mention these 2 fire tower peaks:

    Owl's Head Mountain - Peacham
    West (Pond) Mountain - Ferdinand

    West Pond, I found.

    Does anyone know if this mountain still has a tower?

    Also, does anyone know where Owl's head is, and does it still have a tower?

    And are they public land?

    Quote Originally Posted by E-Mail From Land Owner

    Subject: West Pond Mountain Fire Tower, Ferdinand, Vermont
    Iíve noticed that there is mention of this site on your website. Could you please post that this site has been privately owned since 1973, and is not open to the public. Both Liability issues as well as privacy issues are the motivation for this.



    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



    Sincerely,

    Fred Morrow

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    Owl's Head in Peacham has a CCC constructed stone twer on the summit. It has nice views towards Camel's Hump. If you bushwack east on the summit, there are great views towards the Whites, Cube and Smarts. It is a really short hike, and there are nice remote lean-to campsites on Kettle Pond, near the bottom. The mountain is in Groton State Park.

    West Mountain is part of the "Champion Lands"
    http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/lib...tain%20WMA.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rankin View Post
    Does anyone know if this mountain still has a tower?
    It did the last time I looked from Rte. 3 in NH

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoySwkr View Post
    It did the last time I looked from Rte. 3 in NH
    Thanks guys!

    Jason, do you access Owl's head from Rt. 232, on the North side? It's hard to tell which of those roads are driveable.

    And for West, is Notch Pond Rd. driveable?
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    Owl's Head: yup, from 232
    http://www.grotonvt.com/Recreation/G.../GSF%20Map.pdf
    And thank your lucky stars that it was repaved this summer!

    I'm not sure about road access for West Mountain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Berard View Post
    Owl's Head: yup, from 232
    http://www.grotonvt.com/Recreation/G.../GSF%20Map.pdf
    And thank your lucky stars that it was repaved this summer!

    I'm not sure about road access for West Mountain....
    Cool, thanks again!
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    West Pond Mountain Fire Tower, Ferdinand, Vermont

    Quote Originally Posted by E-Mail From Land Owner

    Subject: West Pond Mountain Fire Tower, Ferdinand, Vermont
    I’ve noticed that there is mention of this site on your website. Could you please post that this site has been privately owned since 1973, and is not open to the public. Both Liability issues as well as privacy issues are the motivation for this.



    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.



    Sincerely,

    Fred Morrow
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    You can see the West Pond Mountain tower on Google satellite.

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