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Hike to Overlook Mt, near Woodstock

  • Sep 16, 2012 · 10:00 AM
  • See "Directions"­ in the text below

Level of hike:  Beginner to Intermediate

Distance:  5.0 miles round trip

Elevation gain:  1400 feet

Terrain:  Most of the hike is on a woods road which climbs moderately but relentlessly

What to bring:  Water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, bug repellant

Map:  NY-NJ Trail Conference #41 (may be 141 in newer mapset) - Northeast Catskills

The trail we'll follow is usually called the Overlook spur trail.  The main attractions of this hike are the spectacular views at the top.  After the climbing is mostly done, we will take a path off the woods road which will bring us to several bare ledges with excellent views.  Once at the top, there is a fire tower to climb which gives 360 degree views!  Plan to bring a light extra layer to shield you from any wind, as the view points are quite exposed.  I plan to allow plenty of time at the top to drink in the views.

Other attractions include a Tibetan Buddhist monastery across the road from the trail head, and the ruins of the Overlook Mountain House

We'll hike at a relaxed pace - no one will be left behind.  On the ascent I plan to take as many rest stops as anybody needs.  I've rated this hike between beginner and intermediate because of the elevation gain.  If you're a beginner who is in good physical shape, come join us.

Do not attempt to use the map link above or the GPS coordinates on it - will take you to NYC.

Directions to trail head:

Cancellation info:  If there is a possibility that the hike will be cancelled due to weather, etc, I'll send email the evening before the hike.

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  • Elsie

    I don't know which I liked better the hike up Overlook or the walk around Woodstock. Would like to go again.

    September 18, 2012

  • maggie

    I fully enjoyed it and my body needed the exercise. The lunch afterwards was fun, too.

    September 18, 2012

  • Lynn

    Jeff, I had a great time for my first hike with your group. Hope to see you all again soon.

    September 17, 2012

  • Liz S.

    A glorious day to be out and about. A good workout and entertaining conversations.
    Loved our sunny resting spot on the ledge. Thanks Jeff for organizing a wonderful day.

    September 17, 2012

  • Freya T.

    Just did this hike two days ago... the tower was locked but the stairs to top were open. BE AWARE...there is an outhouse near the the green grass around it we ran into rattlesnakes! They warned us before we got too close that goodness. I like snakes but these made by skin crawl! Just be careful!!

    September 14, 2012

  • Laterdaythoreau

    If anyone wants to carpool from New Paltz park and ride (9am) or Kingston Trafic Circle park and ride(9:30 am), e-mail me

    September 10, 2012

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