Category Archives: Fire Towers

The Mt. Tremper Firetower needs your help!

Help keep the Tremper Fire Tower open to visitors this summer!  By volunteering a few hours for even just one Saturday or Sunday, you can give hikers a chance to enjoy a spectacular view from the heart of the Catskills. Meet new people, make new friends, talk fire towers and hiking .  And, since the Mount Tremper trailhead is located  near the village of Phoenicia, you can cap off your day at one of the great eateries in the village.

Tremper is one of 5 towers that make up the Catskill Fire Tower Project.  The goal of the Catskill fire Tower Project is to have a volunteer at each of the 5 towers every weekend between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.  Please consider becoming a member of the Tremper Team!  If you enjoy a good hike, good company and good food at the end of the day, this is an opportunity made for you!  For more information, please e-mail Susan at

Would you like to be a Firetower Volunteer Observer? We have the opportunity!

The Mt. Tremper Firetower is seeking volunteers to help staff the tower between memorial Day and Columbus Day on weekends.  For further information or to sign up to be a volunteer observer contact Susan at

For more information on the Firetower Project please visit the Catskill Centers website at

“The Catskill Center helps manage five fire towers throughout the Catskill region. Historically more than a hundred towers, some built nearly a century ago, were used for early detection of forest fires throughout New York state.”

Help staff a Catskills Fire Tower this summer!

Mount_Tremper_Pic_2_WebVolunteer to help staff a Catskill Mountain Fire Tower this summer!

If you like climbing mountains, engaging the public and want to spend time above the treetops, think about joining the Catskill Fire Tower Project as a Volunteer Interpreter this summer. The Catskills are home to five fully restored fire towers. Located on Balsam Lake Mountain (in Hardenburgh), Hunter Mountain (near Hunter), Overlook Mountain (just outside Woodstock), Red Hill (in Denning) and Mount Tremper (near Phoenicia).

The towers once played a key role in detecting and pinpointing the location of forest fires. Modern fire-spotting techniques have replaced them, but thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers who supplied everything from engineering expertise to building skills, the New York State Department DEC, and nonprofit groups including the Trail Conference, the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the towers were all restored and reopened. Today, the towers offer visitors stunning 360-degree views of neighboring peaks and the surrounding landscape.

Hunter_Fire_Tower1Volunteers work in pairs to meet and greet visitors and answer their questions about the towers, the Catskill Mountains, and related topics. Each volunteer works a minimum of three weekend days, plus a day or two of on-site training, during a season that runs from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. The trails leading to the towers are all moderate hikes of one to three miles. Volunteers may hike in and out on the same day or stay overnight in summit cabins.

Volunteering for the Catskill Fire Tower Project is a fun and fulfilling way to meet people, share the experience of the beautiful Catskill Mountains, and help preserve a key piece of Catskills history.

For more information, visit the program’s website at

To volunteer for the Catskill Fire Tower project, visit our Volunteer Page and submit your information indicating your interest in Fire Towers.