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Catskills hiking challenge returns, participants will win prizes

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the 2022 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, visitors are challenged to walk each of Catskill Park’s six fire towers and submit information about their visit to earn recognition and prizes.

“The Catskills Fire Tower Challenge is a great way to introduce new visitors to hiking and outdoor recreation in Catskill Park,” said Jeff Senterman, executive director of the Catskill Center. “By bringing visitors to the Fire Towers, we direct them to sustainable trails, great views, and the opportunity to interact with our Fire Tower Stewards for information about the park, the history of the Fire Tower, and much more. .”

Launched in 2019, the first challenge had 878 finishers who submitted nearly 4,400 selfies from the base of the area’s six remaining fire towers. DEC received entries for the challenge from all parts of the state, 12 different states, and Canada. Participants covered approximately 21,000 miles in the Catskills.

To participate, hikers must hike to the six Catskills fire towers between January 1 and December 31. Upon completion, participants submit a log of their completed hikes with a favorite photo to [email protected] or by mail. Entries must be postmarked by January 7, 2023.

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  • Overlook the mountain in Woodstock
  • Hunter Mountain in Hunter
  • Mount Red Hill to Denning
  • Balsam Lake Mountain in Hardenburgh
  • Mountain Soak in Shandaken
  • Upper Esopus to Mt. Trench

Participants who complete the challenge will receive a letter, a 2022 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge commemorative patch, and a one-year subscription to DEC’s “Conservationist” magazine. Finishers will also be able to download a customizable certificate and will be eligible to win hiking accessories.

Interested hikers can complete their first fire tower of the challenge during two of the first day’s guided hikes. The Catskill Center, in partnership with DEC, will host two guided fire tower hikes on January 1 to Overlook Mountain Fire Tower and Upper Esopus Fire Tower. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for both hikes.

More information about the hike challenge can be found on the DEC website.