Saturday, February 22, 2014

Red Hill, Catskills

February 22, 2014

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Map: Catskill Trails Map Set, Map #143

Parking: See directions. However, we couldn't park that close, because the road wasn't plowed to the trailhead. We parked at the snow plow turn around (where there are signs saying you will be towed if you park there, but hey it wasn't snowing so we didn't worry too much). From there you can hike downhill to the trailhead. There are private property signs on both sides of the unplowed road that we hiked on to get to the trailhead.

Restrooms: There was one at the summit, but it was locked.
Post hike dinner: none

Directions: Red Hill Fire Tower

Notes: This hike is listed as easy. There was a thick base of snow (2+ feet) which was wet. The trail was pretty well broken, but we did sink down a number of times, especially on the way back down. We were very slow going up, stopping to rest many times. 

Year to date miles: 46.6 

Parking at the snow plow turnaround

The road to the trailhead.
I guess in the summer, you can drive down this.

Good day for snowshoes, and the trail was already broken by hikers from another day.

Passing by a private driveway

This is where the hike directions start from

I made it up to around 2/3 of the way up to the top of the fire tower. I'm not very brave about fire towers, and today the tower had snow and ice on the landings.

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