Red Hill fire tower

Scenery:
Difficulty: 5 out of 10 (hilly stroll with some steep-ish stretches)
Distance: 2.8 miles, Up-and-Back
Approximate roundtrip time: 2.5 hours
Total ascent: 837 ft
Max elevation: 3,057 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to take a relatively short stroll to a fire tower with a gorgeous view of the Catskills. Also, you appreciate attention to detail in your outhouses.

Mohonk Mountain House: Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

Scenery:
Difficulty: 9 out of 10 (squishing yourself between rocks, ladder climbing, rock scrambling, plus a two-mile-each-way stroll between parking lot and Labryinth)
Fees: 5-alarm cheapskate alert! As of 2014, this hike costs twenty-one dollars PER HIKER on weekdays, and twenty-six dollars PER HIKER on weekends
Distance: 5.5 miles, Loop
Approximate roundtrip time: 4 Hours
Total ascent: 973 ft
Max elevation: 1,617 ft above sea level
This hike is for you if: You want to see some of the coolest sights in the Hudson Valley and you’re not afraid to crawl under (and around, and through, and over) some rocks to see ‘em.