9 thoughts on “September 19, 2015

  1. Scott, great writeup, I know the piece of trail on both sides of NY 268 really well…but, wondering why you just didn’t return back via the blue-blazed trail to save you the effort of having to reclimb the trail back up to the fire tower ???

    1. Thanks Larry. The reason goes back to when I first started hiking the FLT in 2010. I parked my car at the trailhead and hiked out-and-back. Then the next hike I start where I turned around the last time. After the first couple of hikes I decided I wanted to work on an e2e and since I had already been doing the out-and-back I would keep doing it. So technically when I finish I will have completed the trail twice.

  2. Brings back lots of memories of the Alley Cat that built the new trail. Glad you had good weather.

    That hike up to the tower is a BEAST…Matt and I blazed it on the way down.

    1. Yes, it definitely is a tough one. Out of all my hikes it was #5 in total ascent and #6 in average ascent per mile (out of 31). So not the ruggedest, but right up there.

  3. Three of us hiked Falconer Rd to Rt 268 on 10/16/2015 and we were disappointed to discover the bottom section of stairs on the Rock Rift fire tower have been removed so we were not able to climb to the observation platform.

    1. Hi Paul, yes the fire tower has been abandoned and is no longer maintained. I believe that the DEC removed the bottom set of stairs to keep people out of the tower. Since it is not maintained it could be dangerous; the wood on the stairs could be weak or rotted just as an example. I know that the DEC has been restoring some of the old fire towers, but I don’t know if there are any plans to restore this one.

      1. I have heard thru Rick Roberts that there are ‘plans’ to restore the Rock Rift Fire Tower…but I have no details.

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