The Mount Tremper Fire Tower is a 47 foot-tall steel frame lookout tower erected in 1917. Historically, a jeep trail extended from the base of the mountain to a point below its summit where the fire tower sits. Today, that jeep trail forms most of the hiking trail used to reach the tower.
Tremper was one of only two Catskills fire towers we have not hiked to, so we decided to climb to it today. Here we are at the trailhead:
In several places along the trail, we found small cascades flowing across our path:
Our cat Ruby would have loved this trail, because the forest on either side boasted innumerable chipmunks, some of whom sat silently, watching us pass --
The hike was 6 miles, but was a stiff uphill and downhill climb, making it more strenuous than the mere mileage might suggest. Most of the trail was loose stone, and some lengthy sections of it were effectively streambed. Since it has not rained in some days, most of the trail was not slippery, but we had to be careful in the wet sections.
All in all, this was a satisfying, energetic hike, and the fire tower was a suitable reward for our efforts. Only one more Catskill fire tower to conquer: Balsam Lake Mountain! Maybe on our next visit.