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Overlook Mountain Trail

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 4.3 (11)

This is a pleasant trail to Overlook Mountain with great views from the fire tower and scenic overlook.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

3,131' 954 m

High

1,756' 535 m

Low

1,376' 419 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly While this might be a tough trail for a toddler, older kids can handle this trail and will love the views from the fire tower up top!

Description

The trailhead for Overlook Mountain is located on Meads Mountain Road in Woodstock. It is a large parking lot that holds about 30 cars, but it does fill up on a summer weekend. As you can imagine from the parking situation, this is a very popular trail!

From the start, you'll hike on a graded gravel road, following red blazes, all the way to the top. After 1.8 miles, you'll see the ruins of the Overlook Mountain House. From here, it's just a short half mile to the fire tower on top of Overlook Mountain.

After enjoying a quick view from the terra firma, climb the metal tower and see the great views from up top. On a clear day, you can see the Hudson River, Ashokan Reservoir, and the Catskill Mountains.

Pro Tip: Pop on a pair of snowshoes and tackle this trail in the winter to have it practically all to yourself. While the spring, summer, and fall each bring a slightly different character to the views, the winter makes the surrounding area look utterly magical.

Flora & Fauna

Timber rattlesnakes and bears have been sighted in this area, so stay alert!

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Shared By:

Mirek Wierzbicki

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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Photos

The fire tower was covered in plenty of ice amidst the throes of winter.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
Woodstock
Apr 11, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
View from the fire tower on Overlook Mtn
Jan 17, 2018 near Woodstock, NY
Vista.
Aug 21, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
As you can imagine, it was quite windy and cold atop the firetower.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
Now only trees are booked in this hotel.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY

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Feb 16, 2020
Adolfo Navarro
Nov 9, 2019
Narendra Bindra
11h 35m
Nov 3, 2019
Dan Alcorn
90 minutes to reach fire tower, 30 minutes ledge view snack and tower climb and 60 minutes back to parking lot — 8h 15m
Oct 19, 2019
Tim Colwell
Overlook Spur Trail Extension to Overlook Mountain Trail. Second hike of our Catskills Fire Tower Five Challenge. 6.5mi — 3h 30m
Oct 13, 2019
Diane Pastor
Oct 9, 2019
Daniel Naiman
2h 00m
May 27, 2019
Kirill Kogan
Feb 5, 2019
Ko Aung Moe Win
5mi