Starter Snowshoe: Red Hill Fire Tower

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
7:30AM
to 6:00PM
7:30AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 7:15AM
Intensity
3/10
3.5 miles
996 feet
elevation gain
18+
$99

About the trip

A perfect introduction to Catskills winter

What We Love

  • Discover the Catskills on a moderate hike
  • Mild terrain with snowy views
  • Climb a fire tower for open views
  • Fascinating local history

Your Day

Hike to the historic Red Hill Fire Tower in this little known area of the Catskills.  This fire tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in fact, the observer's cabin (included as part of the listing) is one of the oldest such buildings in the state of New York.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect For:  First time winter hikers, new visitors to the Catskills, fit adventurers looking for a relaxing day

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Level 3/10
996 feet elevation gain
3.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:30AM to 6:00PMArrive by 7:15AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Gaiters
  • Extra wool socks on the trail
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Warm hat
  • Weatherproof Gloves
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:45 AM. Please see the map for directions.

 

Intensity

Level 3

Easy Active - Perfect for Active First Timers

Level 3 trips will give you a broad sense of what hiking is all about. Test yourself on intermediate terrain, including light rock scrambles and ascending multiple peaks. The trips will invigorate you and inspire you to continue strengthening your hiking skills.

Activity

Three to five hours is standard. Prepare for the trip by jogging three miles or exercising two or three days a week.

Distances

Plan on getting starter miles under your belt. You’ll be hiking three to six miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long basketball game.

Surfaces

You’ll be hiking on rolling terrain with bare rock surfaces, steeps, roots and small boulders.

Elevation Change

There could be up to 1,000 feet per day.

Altitude

Up to 4,500 feet.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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