About fifty yards away from the fire tower is an amazing view to the south and west of the Schoharie Valley and Northern Catskills. Blenhium Mountain and the NYPA Blenhium Power Reservior can be easily seen from here.
Headed a little further south to hike 3423 foot Huntersfield Mountain, which is actually located on the Schoharie County/ Greene County line, just north of the Catskills. The northern part of the mountain is actually the highest point in Schoharie County and there are many different approaches to the summit from all directions. I would be approaching from the south today from Jim Cleveland Road. It is not maintained in the winter so would have to hike up the road as well, adding another 1.2 miles to the hike. To find the road can be a bit tricky. From Route 23, take County Route 5 north up to County Route 10 and the tiny hamlet of West Settlement. From there, head north on gravel Schrader Road, where Jim Cleveland Road branches off to the right between a large house and a pond. It almost appears to be a driveway, so make sure to look for the road sign.
Tremendous views of the Catskills can be found from the Lean To. The Patterson Ridge as well as the mountains of Spruceton Road and many other Northwestern Catskill peaks can be seen from here.
Hiked roughly 5.0 miles RT to Huntersfield Mountain and 8.2 miles total RT for the day. Hopefully winter will relinquish its grip soon, so we can begin to enjoy some true spring weather.