The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the 2023 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge is now open, and will run through December 31st, 2023.
The Catskills Fire Tower Challenge encourages experienced hikers to visit the six fire towers in the region: Balsam Lake, Hunter, Overlook, Red Hill, Tremper, and Upper Esopus, a new fire tower located at the Catskills Visitor Center.
To complete the challenge:
Hike to all six fire towers;
Submit a log of your completed hikes along with a photo or selfie via a web form or to the designated email inbox; and
For an extra opportunity to win prizes, submit a photo practicing Leave No Trace while participating in the challenge (picking up litter, carrying it out, planning and preparing for a hike, staying on the trail, keeping your dog leashed, etc.).
Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com.