The fire tower has been restored and you can climb it again
There are several shorter ways up Glastenbury, but they require more navigational skill than just following white blazes:
* Old route of Long Trail due S from Goddard Shelter
* Hike woods road shown on USGS map to W shoulder
* Hike ATV trail from Macintyre shown on USFS version of USGS map
* Hike ATV trail from E (haven't done this personally)
There was an article in the Appalachian Trailway News a few years ago about a couple who did the AT as day hikes, Glastenbury was one of the longest and midway they met 2 rangers who came in one of the short cuts!
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."