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Hiking in Catskill Park
Sundown Wild Forest
The Red Hill Fire Tower is located within the 30,100 acre Sundown Wild Forest. The fire tower is sixty feet tall and has a 1.2 mile trail that ascends to the tower. The fire tower has a nice view of the Catskill high peaks to the west and north, and the Rondout Reservoir is visible to the southeast. It is one of five fire towers that still remains in the Catskills.
This was the last fire tower staffed in the Catskills. Because the old jeep road that was used to access the summit can no longer be used, a new trail was constructed to the tower. A well graded, yellow marked trail to the fire tower travels 1.2 miles from Dinch Road to the fire tower. The trail gains almost 900 feet in elevation as it climbs to the fire tower. The DEC and restoration committee successfully completed the last piece of the puzzle by providing a small trail head parking lot on state land alongside Dinch Road. The tower was successfully reopened on July 15, 2000.
Red Hill Fire Tower Trailhead
Directions to the Trailhead on Dinch Road
(Yellow marked Red Hill Tower Trail)
From NY 17 - Take exit #105 in Monticello. Follow NY 42 North to Grahamsville. Make a left onto NY 55 West. In Curry, turn right (north) onto Sullivan County Route 19 towards Claryville. Proceed through Claryville, and make a right onto Red Hill Road. Follow until you reach an intersection with Dinch Road. Make the sharp left onto Dinch Road and follow to the trailhead, which will be on the right.
From NY 28 - Proceed to hamlet of Big Indian, located west of Shandaken and east of Pine Hill. Turn south on Ulster County Route 47 (Oliverea Road). Go approximately 21 miles, passing by the Frost Valley YMCA, until you reach a three-way intersection. Make a left towards Claryville on Sullivan County Route 19 and make a right onto Red Hill Road. Follow until you reach an intersection with Dinch Road. Make the sharp left onto Dinch Road and follow to the trailhead, which will be on the left. Parking area will be on the right, and the trailhead is across the road.
GPS Coordinates to the Trailhead: N41 55.769 W74 30.397
NOTE - Dinch Road is a dirt road.
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