Hike to Beebe Hill Fire Tower

The forest fire observatory on Beebe Hill operated continuously from April of 1964 until the end of the 1987 fire season. Prior to 1964 the fire tower was located on the summit of Alander Mountain from 1928 through 1930 and on Washburn Mountain from 1933 until November 1963. Ten years after the closing of the facility, local residents came together to restore the fire tower and observer's cabin. This group also created the hiking trail system throughout the Beebe Hill State Forest.

The hike begins at the parking area near Barrett Pond.  We will hike approximately 1 mile to the summit.  The elevation gain is about 300 feet in this short distance.  The view from the fire tower is spectacular.

We will also be taking a side trail.  It will add about one hour to the hike.  You may elect to return to your vehicle before we continue on if you would like.  The side trail is short but the elevation gain of about 200 feet is completed in a short distance.

Map link: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/66468.html

Beebe Hill and Barrett Pond is on County Route 5.  The easiest way to get there is by taking I-90 to exit B3 and take Route 22 South.  Approximately 5.6 miles from Exit B3 you will take a very sharp right turn onto County Route 5 (also called Osmer Road)  It is not well marked.  If you get to Route 203 you have gone too far, turn around and go about 1 mile and you will see CR 5 on your left.  Follow that for about 1.6 miles.  Barrett Pond will be on your left.  At the far end of Barrett Pond will be an access road on the left (Beebe Forest Road), that is the road to the trailhead.

GPS coordinates at the parking lot are N[masked];  W[masked]

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

•please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking footwear
•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them

If you have any trouble finding me, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text during the meetup times, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Look for my silver Subaru outback!

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  • Laura

    A terrific afternoon! Thanks everyone. Great company.

    October 12, 2013

  • Terri

    Great day for a hike with great company!

    October 12, 2013

  • Tammy S.

    I was so looking forward to this hike and meeting new hikers. Unable to make the hike this time looking forward to the next adventure

    October 12, 2013

  • Amy

    Have to cancel but hope to catch you on the next one. Have a great day.

    October 11, 2013

  • Laura

    Thanks, Betsy. See you tomorrow.

    October 11, 2013

  • Betsy

    tomorrow looks to be a great day for the hike up to the fire tower
    if possible, wear something with bright colors so we are easily seen.
    See you tomorrow

    October 11, 2013

  • Blanche N.

    Sorry that I have to cancel. I checked my schedule and see that I have a hike with AMC to Berlin Mt. on the TCT that same day. Enjoy the day.

    October 10, 2013

  • William Reagan J.

    Because I am a hunter and sometimes go there myself

    September 15, 2013

  • William Reagan J.

    Hello Betsy, last year you tried to do walk or hike dureing rifle season, BOW season starts OCT 1 , there will be hunters, following bow season starts rifle season, hunting season stops , I think DEC 31, just for the heads up

    September 15, 2013

  • Dorothy

    Please do not sign up for both the Dickinson Hill and Beebe Hill Fire Tower Hikes which are the same day and at the same time in different areas.

    Since we have a limited number of spaces on both hikes, this would allow more people to sign up without having to be put on the waitlist

    September 6, 2013

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