Hunter Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (steep, rocky, long-ish climb up a big fat mountain)
Distance: 5.0 miles, Partial Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4.5 Hours
Total ascent: 2,217 ft
Max elevation: 4,071 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to haul yourself up the second-highest peak in the Catskills to see some amazing views.

Beebe Hill Fire Tower

Scenery:
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 (short, moderate climb)
Distance: 2.0 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (or 3 hours, if you bring my kids)
Total ascent: 485 ft
Max elevation: 1,822 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to climb a small(ish) hill to a fire tower with some seriously sweet views.

Mt. Beacon

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5, 7 or 10 out of 10
Distance: 4.4 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 hours (overlook), 3 hours (overlook + fire tower), 5.5 hours (7.7-mile beast loop)
Total ascent: 1,561 ft
Max elevation: 1,653 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to see some gorgeous views at one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Hudson Valley, and climbing 1,000 vertical feet (or more) to get there is not a deal breaker.

Ninham Mountain fire tower

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10 (short uphill stroll)
Distance: 1.5 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 400 ft
Max elevation: 1,314 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take an easy (well, you know, relatively easy) stroll up a gravel road to a fire tower with a great view. Or perhaps you’re looking for a hike you can do while pushing a stroller.

Overlook Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 7 out of 10 (long, steady climb)
Distance: 5 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 3 Hours
Total ascent: ft
Max elevation: ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re looking for a strenuous hike with so much to do at the top that the fire tower somehow isn’t the main attraction.

Stissing Mountain

Scenery:
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (steep, relatively short climb)
Distance: 1.9 miles, Partial Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 2 - 3 Hours
Total ascent: 926 ft
Max elevation: 1,415 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You’re looking for a steep climb to a big payoff. And also, you think it sounds like fun to climb a swaying, 90-ft structure in the middle of the woods.

Ferncliff Forest

Scenery:
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Highlights: Campsites, Fire Tower, Pond
Distance: 2.2 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 1.5 Hours
Total ascent: 299 ft
Max elevation: 430 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want a short, easy hike to a fire tower with some crazy panoramic views.