As we reported on our post about the original trail up to Red Hill fire tower, there is a new trail cut from Denning! The tower is situated in the Sundown Wild Forest. This is exciting as it provides the hiker with improved access in the winter. To be honest, all year. This is one of the kids and family-friendly hikes in the Catskills.
The attractive parking lot is a bit small and can accommodate about 8-10 cars depending on how people park. I attempted to park there on the way back from doing some trail work in the Neversink and it was tight with 7 cars. I have a pickup truck. Nonetheless, it is surely going to increase the number of hikers to the tower. Even though the trail has been open since the fall, the DEC made the official announcement on Catskill Park Day, Feb. 9, 2021.
DEC Commissioner Seggos said:
“This new trailhead parking lot and hiking trail will make it easier to visit the historic Red Hill Fire Tower, enhancing year-round access to an outstanding view of the southern Catskills”
The trail cutting across NYCDEP land travels 1.4-miles before connecting with the old trail reaching the summit at 2.0-miles from the parking area.
Watch for our post on this new trail soon!
|Sundown Wild Forest|
|Contact Information:||DEC Region 3 New Paltz Office:
Phone: (845) 256-3000 (M-F 8:30AM - 4:30PM)
Emergency, Law Enforcement & Rangers: (518) 408-5850 or 911
|Location:||Towns of Denning, Wawarsing, and Olive in Ulster County and Town of Neversink in Sullivan County|
|Map:||Sundown Wild Forest recreation map|
|Amenities:||See Ulster County web site|
|Weather:||Ashokan High Point Weather|
Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.