Hike to Red Hill Fire Tower

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

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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Hiking, Snowshoeing

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Year Round

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2.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

890 Feet


Picnic Area

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Added by Rebecca Nichols

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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