Tremper Mountain Fire Tower
US 224, NY 18
February 2016 photo

February 2016 photo - courtesy of Laurie Rankin

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 224, NY 18 (view other lookouts in United States, New York)
Date Registered April 28, 1997
Nominated by Bob Spear, FFLA
Location Catskill Forest Preserve
Ulster County, New York
Coordinates N 42° 04.451' W 074° 16.660' (view using Google Maps)
N 42° 04' 27" W 074° 16' 40"
N 42.074185° W 074.277670°
Elevation 2,720 ft (829 m)
Administered by New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators The Catskill Forest Center, the Forest Fire Lookout Ass'n & NYS-DEC


Located in New York’s Catskill Forest Preserve, Tremper Mountain Fire Tower was constructed by the New York Department of Conservation (now DEC) in 1917. The 47’ steel Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7’x 7’ metal cab was in active service for 54 years until it closed in 1971. Like Overlook Mountain, it has also been restored by a joint effort of the Catskill Forest Center, the Highlands Group of FFLA and the NYS-DEC.


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Visit Reports

February 2, 2016: Laurie Rankin


Needs paint? Yes
Shutters OK? Not Applicable
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Tremper Fire Tower is part of the Catskill Fire Tower Project. This is a joint effort of the NYSDEC and the Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Committee to keep the fire tower maintained and staffed.The fire tower is in good overall condition with an expectation that painting will need to occur in the next few years.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? No

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? Yes
Directions to tower signed? Yes
Comments? Trails to the summit are well marked.


Staffed? No

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
The Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Committee is responsible for maintenance of the fire tower and recruitment, training, and scheduling of volunteers who man the tower weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.


Photo courtesy of Laurie Rankin