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Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

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Red Hill Fire Tower Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grahamsville, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,020 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: As of January 2020, road to trailhead parking lot is closed. Keep in mind that this will add mileage to your overall hike. This is a well marked trail to a fire tower. Please note the tower may be closed depending on weather conditions. However, you can still enjoy the views and the area around the fire tower is quite appealing, nicely maintained lawn with three picnic tables.

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icy
13 days ago

Did this trail on 1/5/2020 Road to parking lot closed due to ice. Had to wear micro spikes from the moment we parked until we returned. Nice easy trail. Great views from fire tower stairs. Fire tower cabin closed in winter

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blowdown
icy
muddy
snow
26 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

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icy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Great trail for beginners. Not really any beginning parts that are steep. Kind of steep at the end. We did this in 2 hours. Annoying road to get to the trailhead. All around great hike. We did it in 1-2 inches of ice and 1-3 inches of snow. If that’s the situation you are in then I would recommend micro spikes and crampons

Great hike. Some snow and ice on the trail especially toward top but not difficult. Dirt road got icy so parked .25 miles from trailhead but still only took 1 1/2 hours to complete.

2 months ago

great easy hike. beautiful views from the top. worth the climb....

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rocky
snow
2 months ago

This is a great hike for all ages. if there are spots at the trail head, it is a short 1.4 miles to the summit. the trail is relatively rocky with a lot of roots. it is a fairly easy ascent with one stretch that is only a little steep. I did this with a 5 and 11 year old with no issues. Even though the top of the fire tower was closed, the view was still great.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike starts from the end of parking lot and marked by a yellow signs. This is relatively well trafficked trail and easy to do in a couple of hours for fantastic 360 views of the catskills and beyond.

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flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

First, if you park your vehicle on the right and find yourself hiking on a gravel path that will fit a vehicle.... Stop. Go back to your car and drive another 2 miles to the real trailhead on the left. You’re welcome. No place to camp that I could find. I hiked up at 1AM 2 days after a rainfall. Creeks become challenging and swift. Trail is well marked. Gets steep towards the end.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome and pretty easy, it gets aggressive but worth it

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Foliage still gorgeous in mid-October, with golden ferns along the trail. Stunning views from the top!

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rocky
3 months ago

a great hike with a good amount of climb. beautiful views on top of the fire tower

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful rock formations, beautiful foliage. Views from the tower were awesome! Our third Catskills fire tower hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice wooded trail. Short, but good work out. Peaceful. Beautiful views at the fire tower. got a little lost trying to find the trailhead.. the roads criss cross and change names. Got to see some beautiful country roads though.

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rocky
3 months ago

Clearly marked. Gets your heart pumping at parts. Arrive early for parking. Nice views from the fire tower with a nice area to picnic at the top. Good for older elementary age children and dogs.

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rocky
3 months ago

They don’t get much easier than this.

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