New Red Hill Hiking Trail & Trailhead

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The newly-constructed Red Hill Fire Tower Hiking Trail, along with a brand new trailhead on Denning Road, are now open for use.

The trailhead improves access to the Red Hill Fire Tower in the Sundown Wild Forest through a land use permit agreement with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Red Hill is a beautiful mountain, beautifully situated, with stunning fire tower views.

There are now two routes to Red Hill’s fire tower:

  • the classic Red Hill hiking trail which is wonderful in warmer months
  • the new Red Hill hiking trail which is more accessible to cars in the colder months (see below)

Red Hill is one of six Catskills Fire Towers which you can visit in 5½ hikes.

New Trailhead Location

The new trailhead is approximately four miles east of the intersection of W. Brand and Claryville Road. The location of the parking area — 41°56’06.5″ N / 74°31’45.8″ W — can be found on google maps at

New Red Hill Hiking Trail

Visitors can now hike the new blue-blazed trail which was built by Tahawus Trails professional trail crew. The new trail traverses both DEP and Forest Preserve Lands through rocky outcroppings and hemlock laden forests. The trail is the result of a partnership between NYC Water and NYS DEC.

The newly constructed 1.4 miles of trail intersects with the existing (yellow blazed) trail that leads to the summit.

This is an out-and-back hike. Total round trip mileage is 4.0 miles. The elevation gain is apx 1200′.

More details at


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