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Harvey Mountain

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mountain views, blueberries, easy hike
Near:Austerlitz, NY
Distance:3.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:800 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Harvey Mountain is one of the highest points in Columbia County. Near the summit is a large field filled with blueberries. This picnic spot, complete with a table, provides nice views of the Taconics to the South and Catskills to the Southwest.

You will be travelling on a combination of old roads and foot paths which wind through a mostly hard-wood forest. Be sure to watch out for the trail markers. It is easy to make a wrong turn.

The trail starts opposite of camp site #1 near the parking area. It is marked with blue disks. After 0.3 miles, you reach a junction. Turn right on the red trail which leads 1.2 miles to the picnic area.

The actual summit is past the picnic spot in the woods. There is a concrete marker at the boundary between MA and NY.

You may want to combine this hike with the Beebe Hill fire tower hike. It is only a few minutes drive away.

Trailhead: Take NY Rte 90 East to Exit B3. Continue on NY Rte 22 South for 3 miles.
Turn left onto East Hill Rd. The parking area is on the right after 0.4 miles. (Lat:42.326 Lon:-73.44)

Trail Guides for Harvey Mountain:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 4 Forest Ranger 518-828-0236
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted  26 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Stumpkicker on 8/7/2016
Nice Hike, a couple of steep spots-no scrambles, and the views from the fire tower was wonderful. Only hic-cup was the sign for the parking lot was missing. Luckily a local sitting on her front porch gave us directions. If you see the sign for Beebe State Forest the trailhead is 100 yds north on the other side of the road just past a small lake.

Reviewed by CK on 5/18/2015
This was a perfect trail for running. Not too long, some technical spots, and some decent inclines. It's true that there is a good amount of poison ivy, and the trail is narrow, so later in the summer it might be tough to avoid it. But for mid May, i wore long socks and stayed on the trail and I was fine.

Reviewed by CT on 8/27/2012
There was a decent amount of poison ivy but overall the trail was completely dry, only minimal water at the second stream crossing. You can easily step over the three rocks to cross. The trail goes on for a ways past the NY/MA stone marker, not sure just how far, but it appears to go downhill. Moderate difficulty overall, wear pants, also looks like you can follow the gravel road to the summit if you don't want to hike on the trail.

Reviewed by Jfb on 7/10/2012
I am planning an expedition in near future. I am hoping for a response to the question: Will the blueberries be ripe the 19Th of July?

Reviewed by Barry on 4/21/2012
I'm afraid that Clara is right. This is a really nice trail except it is impossible to avoid all the poison ivy, even with your eyes trained on the edges of the narrow trail. Unless you're immune to poison ivy, I'd stay away.

Reviewed by Paul V on 4/1/2012
A nice short day hike, moderate difficulty, with a few steep streches. Great views at the end. Perfect for a short quick easy hike.

Reviewed by Clara on 1/29/2012
What ever you do, do NOT hike at harvey mountain! My son got poison ivy from head to toe! My baby girl who walked ON the trail got it too! I repeat, never go there again!

Reviewed by JM on 4/16/2011
I parked at the first place I could and ended up running on the road misty uphill and flat for 1.3 miles to the trailhead. From there the sign said another .9 miles - it was cold today and windy, but the hike (which I walked/jogged was very pleasant. I was happy to see the trail head cause some of the road was fairly hilly. The trail was easy and well groomed. I can see the excitement of blueberrys in the summer - there was a huge field of blueberrys (but obviously none at this time of the year). I walked to the stone indicating the NY/MA border, took in the great views and jogged back to my car - I think it was right around 4.4 miles roundtrip from where I parked. I'll be back in the summer for those blueberries.

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