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Beginner's Sunset Hike (Catskills) - Mt. Tremper Fire Tower

Catskill Series - Mt. Tremper Firetower

Enjoy the warming weather with this easy Catskill hike to a fire-tower!

Slow pace and less elevation gain than most Catskill hikes makes this good for beginners

Kids & Dogs are welcome!

 


 

Total Mileage:  6.0 miles RT
Total Elevation Gain:  1,900
Estimated Hike Time:  3 hours
Special Gear / Requirements: head lamp, bug spray


Who's Organizing?
Matt Hicks

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Meetup Times and Locations:

6:30pm Mt. Tremper Parking area - Old Rt. 28, Phoenicia, NY

10:00pm Brios!

 

Take NY Rte 28 west Mount Tremper.
Turn right onto Rt. 212 towards Woodstock, then turn left onto Old State Rte 28 (County Rte 40). The trailhead parking is 2.3 miles and on the right side.
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Google map link to the trail head


 

Summary: This is pleasant hike takes you to one of five remaining fire towers in the Catskills.

The trail is marked with red disks and follows old wood roads for the most part. There are several switchbacks as the road winds its way up the mountain. Long gradual sections alternate with short steady climbs, but you will not find anything terribly steep. You pass an old bluestone quarry (a big rock pile) and a lean-to (three-sided shelter) with a privy on the way up. Near the summit is a second lean-to.

You can climb the fire tower at the top of Mount Tremper for views of the surrounding mountains. Overlook mountain is due east

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NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back.

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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  • Dennis R.

    "Beginner's" it was a good hike, did not finish but that's ok. Thank you Matt.

    May 19, 2013

  • Matt H

    Great hike. It was wonderful seeing everyone!

    May 19, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    Just learned the true definition of "Beginner". Thanks for the enlightenment.

    May 19, 2013

  • Stephanie S.

    Forgot about this hike! Not going thus time. Sorry for last minute notice.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matt,
    My daughter and i would like to join you for the hike in, but we would like to spend the night at the shelter on tremper mtn. Would you mind if we joined your crew for the hike in and then dropped out on the way out?

    May 18, 2013

    • Matt H

      Of course. Not a problem

      May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looking forward to this

    May 18, 2013

  • Angela P.

    Sorry Matt... Last minute work... Next time...

    May 16, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    Maybe with 2 more

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Matt, If your interested, my daughter and I would still be interested in doing this hike today, (Sat May 11th, rain or shine) Let us know if your still interested in doing this hike today...

    May 11, 2013

  • Debu

    looking for a ride from NYC :) or lets see if we have enough members we can rent a car all together to go from NYC.

    May 5, 2013

    • Marina

      Yes, thanks to Matt also for organizing, but I am going to have to back out also. Hope to try this hike another time!

      May 9, 2013

    • Debu

      hey Guys, thanks for updating me, unfortunately I would also have to pull back from this one then ! hope to meet you all in future hikes. @Hongling and @Johanna you are welcome :)

      May 10, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    Matt. If the weather is good my Daughter and friend would like to join us,,would that be ok

    May 10, 2013

  • Matt H

    I'm moving it back a week (6.18) due to weather. I will still be hiking all tomorrow (Saturday 6.11) and if your still interested in hiking feel free to text or email me.

    May 10, 2013

    • Matt H

      Moving everyone to the waiting list due to the date change. If you're planning on coming to the new date, just re-RSVP.

      May 10, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    I'd like to see it moved back a week. I'd be able to make it then.

    May 10, 2013

  • Kim

    Looks like there could be a couple of thunderstorms in the area at that time. The front is stalling out over the area, which is why it isn't moving out as quickly as originally thought.

    May 10, 2013

  • Matt H

    Debu, Dennis, Vlada ... are you still coming? If not, I'll move this event back a week (to a drier day).

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • Caysey

    If my hike is done in time I might join you.

    May 9, 2013

  • Matt H

    Weather update: It looks like we will have rain during the hike. I'm still planning on going. If it turns out there are t-storms when we are at the tower, we will just not climb it. Still a great workout.

    May 9, 2013

  • Marina

    Hey Matt, looking forward to the hike. Will it be on rain or shine? Looks like a high chance of rain on Saturday.

    May 8, 2013

    • Kim

      If you are talking about me, I haven't promised it ;-) I will post an update Friday!

      May 8, 2013

    • Matt H

      Kim, Dorothy assured me you were just that good ;P

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • Sherry

    I might be able to make but I won't know till last min

    May 8, 2013

    • Matt H

      come on ... do it!

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Sherry

      I'm really going to try but I'm going to a rock climbing comp & not sure if it'll finish early enough

      May 8, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    Grand Daughter's 2yr BD partty

    May 6, 2013

  • Johanna van G.

    Would love to join. Hoping for a ride from NYC or a nearby train station.

    May 6, 2013

  • Jerry L.

    Is this hike on Friday or Saturday? If Saturday, I won't b be able to make it.

    May 6, 2013

    • Matt H

      I moved it from Friday to Saturday to not take away from Adam's Anthony's Nose hike

      May 6, 2013

  • Dennis R.

    Unknown at this time maybe 2

    May 5, 2013

  • Vlada M.

    looking for a ride from Manhattan :)

    May 5, 2013

  • Rumana C.

    Is there a way to get there using public transportation? Or if anyone is driving from NYC and is willing to offer a ride (will cheap in for gas and toll)?

    May 5, 2013

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