Full Moon Fire Tower Snowshoe
February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This unique winter snowshoeing experience includes two Catskill 3500 peaks and a combination of guided bushwhacking and trail hiking. The high point of the evening (literally and figuratively) and culminates at a firetower under the full moon. The hike will start shortly after noon and the bushwhack part will be in full daylight.
If the skies are clear and we arrive at the firetower early enough we may be able to catch both the sunset and the February full moon known appropriately as the Snow Moon. The moon will appear huge for a while after it rises until it moves farther above the horizon. On this day, the moon will rise in the east at 5:02pm and the sunset in the west occurs at 5:44pm. Snacks will be provided and hot beverages will be served at the summit, although we may make some adjustments if it is very cold.
We’ll be hiking down from the firetower with headlamps. The return back to the trailhead parking is via an easy trail with a steady downhill and should be a lot fun at night with a full moon on snow.
The hike will cover a little over 9 miles with 3350 feet of total elevation gain. Most of the hike is very moderate on trails that are easy by Catskill standards but the bushwhack portion of the hike is steep covering about 2.4 miles and 1600 feet of elevation gain. Therefore, you must be in appropriate shape for a strenuous hike and have the appropriate winter gear (snowshoes, spikes, clothing and footwear). Conditions will dictate our speed, but the target is to be back at the cars by 9:00 or 9:30pm. This is a full-day hike that starts and ends later than most.
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