Hike to Red Hill Fire Tower

New York Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

  • Activities:

    Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    890 Feet

Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic

Short hike with great reward! Spectacular views from the Red Hill fire tower.

This gentle hike is not too long or steep, and the summit rewards you with a nice picnic spot.

Starting from the parking lot, shortly into the hike, you will hit a stream crossing. At 1.3 miles, as the trail levels off, you will see the 60-foot tower through the trees. The observers cabin is passed on the right. The tower will offer you views of several Catskill 3500 peaks including Lone, Peekamoose, Table and Slide. A patch can be earned by climbing all 35 Catskill high peaks.

This tower is included in the Catskill Fire Towers required to complete the Fire Tower Challenge. Other towers include Tremper, Hunter, Balsam Lake and Overlook.

In winter, you will most likely have to add an additional 2.4 miles roundtrip to your hike due to the road not being plowed.

Pack List

  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Water/Snack
  • Camera
  • Snowshoes (Winter)
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I took this trip with a group of friends in the middle of February. Very Slippery since there was snow all over the place but definitely worth once you climb the fire tower. Since It's not officially open In the winter it's An even longer walk since you can't park in the actual parking lot

7 months ago
7 months ago

Rebecca NicholsExplorer

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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