Rock Rift Fire Tower Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Rock Rift Fire Tower Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Hancock, New York that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

15 days ago

The trail was hard to follow at times and was almost a bushwack. There are no views at the top or at any point leading to the top. the fire tower seems permanently closed. There was a mailbox close to the start of the trail but I am uncertain if that was the trail register for the tower or through trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this a five for length and difficulty, but the views are not that great. Is it really “moderate” or am I that out of shape?

It is a great hike, challenging, and some sections feel like mountaineering if only because of the grade, and it is a scenic walk in the woods. Obvious signs of wildlife- bear marks on trees, coyote droppings (?), deer, rabbits, birds, and the frogs at the pond st the top are fun to watch and noisy (during mating season). The fire tower is cool, but the views at the top are obstructed.

24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago