Red Hill Fire Tower-Catskill Mountains Hike
Total Mileage:2.6 miles Directions 41.929742,-74.507011
Rise: 800′ Facebook
Hike Time: 1-2 hrs My Pintrest
Significance:Fire tower, views
Here is some of what you need to know: The parking area is in the middle of nowhere, and it is unmistakable. I tell you this because I was nervous that I was missing something and boom their it was plain as day.
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
Of all the five fire towers in the Catskills this is the easiest (Mount Tremper is the Hardest in my opinion). An 800′ climb in elevation over 1.3 miles is still a workout but you do not need the endurance that the longer trails require. The path is easy to follow (Yellow Blazes) and maintained enough that I felt comfortable to run. I made it to the top in 27 minutes (don’t judge, it was my second mountain of the day); please post how long your ascent was, I think it would be fun to see a wide spectrum of numbers.
The cab at the top of all the Catskill fire towers are locked and only open on weekends between Memorial day and Columbus between 10am-4PM. Any day of the week that is clear you can get a great view of some big mountains from the top of the steps.
Below are a list of all five towers. I put them in order from most to least favorite, but you cannot go wrong with any of them.