Overlook Mountain, Woodstock

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Overlook Mountain is the southernmost peak of the Catskill Escarpment in the central Catskill Mountains near Woodstock, New York. The centerpiece of the 590-acre (240 ha) Overlook Mountain Wild Forest area of Catskill Park, the mountain is the site of one of the remaining five Catskill Mountain fire towers and the Overlook Mountain House, a hotel which was built at a higher elevation than any other in the range.
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  • We did it all within 4 hours! We started at the big parking lot (an extra .07 miles hike) and stopped to take pictures of the hotel ruins, climb the fire tower, and take in the view from the...  more »
  • Good easy to get to hike--not too hard for average hiker. Great view at the top looking our over Hudson Valley.  more »
  • Really fun place to hike. The view is most definitely worth it but the hike is all uphill and very challenging. There is also a metal lookout tower.
  • What a great adventure today to Overlook Mountain. The hike I would say is medium difficulty with round trip 5 miles, 2.5 mostly uphill and it seemed th closer we got to the top the angle seemed to be less strenuous closer to top. From the burned out hotel it’s a cake walk to the far side look of mountain after the fire tower. Beware of rattle snakes. We did not see any but others did. Temps close to 80 and humid, be sure to pack a backpack with snacks and water and proper footwear. Surprised to see a few amateurs attempt with poor footwear. If they make it they will suffer the consequences. Walk down is easier but still strenuous on calf’s as we walked down at a pretty good clip. We did climb the fire tower and toured the burned out hotel. Great adventure today.
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