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Overlook Mountain Trail

Intermediate

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2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
70% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,376' 419 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,131' 954 m
Low: 1,756' 535 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Mirek Wierzbicki

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

Mirek Wierzbicki

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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 run 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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The fire tower was covered in plenty of ice amidst the throes of winter.
Apr 2, 2017 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
While red blazes mark the trail, in wintertime they can sometimes be hard to see after hard snows.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY

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