Need an excuse to hike to a Catskill Fire Tower?
Besides the amazing views . . . there’s a free program that might give you extra incentive!
It’s Morgan Outdoors’
9th Annual Five Fire Tower PASSPORT
There are 3 simple steps:
1. Hike to one (1) or more of the 5 Catskill Fire Towers between May 13 & October 9, 2017
2. Enter hike details on your Morgan Outdoors Five Fire Tower Hikes PASSPORT (print one at bottom of page).
If more than one person hiked, write their name, age & where they’re from on back of Passport.
3. Turn in your Passport at Morgan Outdoors by Monday, October 9th, at 2:00pm, to enter the
drawing for 3 great prizes:
Osprey Daylight pack * Darn Tough Vermont socks * Luci Light solar-powered light
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Hikes range from “kinda” easy to “gosh darn” tough. Red Hill is a great beginner choice.
MAPS: The NY/NJ Trail Conference produced a special brochure for each Fire Tower, with a trail map and hiking guidelines. Available at Morgan Outdoors or online: https://www.nynjtc.org/map/catskill-fire-tower-maps
MORE ABOUT THE TOWERS: Years ago, fire observers watched over the Catskill forests from 23 towers, searching for signs of forest fires. Today, only 5 steel towers remain in the 1,102 square-mile Catskill Park – restored by volunteers so you can enjoy amazing views. Restorations made possible through partnership between volunteers, NYSDEC and the Catskill Center.
PASSPORT: On weekends, some Fire Towers have volunteers at the summit or covered cans where you can get a fire tower card that proves you have been there. Get one and fill it out! If this is not available, simply fill out the Passport. The more fire towers you climb, the better your chances of winning a prize. Drawing on Monday, October 9, 2017.
BADGES: You may earn a Catskill Fire Towers badge when you turn in your Passport – at Morgan Outdoors or by mail (our address on other side) with stamped self-addressed envelope. First 100 people to turn in Passports receive a badge (as of of July 1, 2017 there are still some left!)
So what are you waiting for? Get Hiking! If you need DRIVING DIRECTIONS we’re happy to help.