Friday, August 28, 2009

Jackie Jones Fire Tower

Harriman State Park,
Rockland County
New York

Estimated Length: 3.2 Miles
Estimated Time: 1.5 Hours

Estimated Length: 3.2 Miles
Estimated Time: 1.5 Hours

I did this hike on a weeday before I left to work. It was a really nice summer day and I am still trying to get in as much hiking as I can before the summer is over. Parked on Call Hollow Road at the trailhead of the Long Path, and took the Long Path up to Old Turnpike. After going briefly on Old Turnpike made a turn north onto an unnamed woods road which led to the Suffern Bear Mountain (SBM) Trail. Took the SBM Trail from there west past the Radio Tower and to the Fire Tower, which I climbed. The Fire Tower is old and rickety and it is not a climb for the faint of nerves. The very top is locked but you can still get an unparalled panorama from all points right near the very top. Climbed back down and took the same route back.

(Note: Pictures are still taken from my cell phone camera.)

Map of the Route

Jackie Jones Radio Tower.
This tower can be seen from almost all summits in the park.

The Fire Tower.

View from Fire Tower facing South.

View from Fire Tower facing East.
Towards Hudson River and Hi-Tor.

View from Fire Tower facing North.
Towards Bear Mnt. and West Mnt.
Lake Welch on the left side.

View from Fire Tower facing West.
Viewing Lake Welch.

Another shot directly below the Fire Tower.

1 comment:

  1. I climbed that tower in 1968 on a camping trip with the Newburgh YMCA's Camp Orange group. Oh what fun!