Dickenson Hill Fire Tower; Grafton lakes State Park, Ny
Total Mileage: 3 Miles Directions 42.793055,-73.432875
Total rise: 400′ Facebook
Hike Time: 2 hrs (3 kids) My Pintrest
Significance: Fire Tower, Views East Coast Fire Towers
Here is some of what you need to know: Can you park at the tower? I am not sure, there are signs across the street from the fire tower gate that threaten to tow your vehicle, but not on the side of the gate…I almost feel like it is ok. This webpage takes you from the actual parking area in the park.
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
2. Click on the flags for more information
3. Click on the pictures to make them large
To reach the trail head, walk 0.2 miles up the dirt road to the marked trail area. The path resembles an ATV trail, and is blazed with a picture of a fire tower. Our visit was on a warm day in late winter; the trail was both icy and muddy. The distance from the trail head to the tower was about 1.3 miles; The total elevation gain was minimal which led to only minor complaints from the kids. Along the trail we saw some old rock walls and signs periodically that explained the history of Ny fire towers.
At about 1.2 miles the trail turns into a road, and for a short distance you will walk past houses; the “fire tower blaze” will continue as you walk this road. Before long you will come up to the gated fire tower entrance on your right, Walk up that hill for about 2/10 of a mile and you will arrive at the tower.
The tower is well maintained and it felt safe climbing to the top. What are you looking at? Before we orient I will say the day was very hazy with storm clouds moving in. The wetlands you see is to the South-West, there is a tall mountain in the distance which I am having a hard time identifying, but it is in the direction of the northern Catskill mountains, could it be the Black Head Range? I do not know. When you look in the direction of the communication tower you will see the Taconic Ridge state forest (follow left of the comm tower) which is home to the 35 mile Taconic Ridge Trail. When you look North-East you will see a large and imposing mountain, I believe you area seeing Glastenbury and Equinox, both mountains of Vermont. Mountain finding is tough, I will entertain any theories you have as to what we are looking at.