Saturday, August 13, 2022

This summer, we are on a quest to explore all six Catskill Fire Towers, as part of the DEC Catskills Fire Tower Challenge. We are going to be doing the challenge over 4 days (August 13, August 20, August 28, and September 4). You can join us for any individual day, or multiple days. If you complete all four days (six fire towers total) and submit your log to the DEC, you will receive the challenge patch!

“For nearly a century, observers watched the forests of New York State–including the Catskill and Adirondack forest preserves– from more than 100 fire towers perched atop the highest peaks, searching for the dangerous, telltale signs of forest fires. The Catskills Fire Tower Challenge encourages experienced hikers to visit the region’s remaining five historic fire towers, as well as a new sixth fire tower that was opened at the Catskills Visitor Center in the fall of 2019.” (NY DEC)

For this trip, we’ll be going to Tremper Mountain and Upper Esopus fire towers.

Level: Challenging (Learn More)

Mileage: 6 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,027’ feet

Group Size: 2 - 12 adventurers


The North Face, UWS

Check-in Time: 6:30 am

Departure Time: 6:45 am

Return Time: Approximately 7:00 pm



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust to changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)