Summary: This is a very popular hike that can be combined with a visit to the artsy village of Woodstock.
The trail follows the jeep road to the summit. The gravel road is blazed with red markers.
After 2 miles of steady climbing, you reach the ruins of the old Overlook mountain hotel. Only the concrete shell remains. Behind it, is a reminder of our modern world - a transmission tower.
A trail comes in from the left which leads to Echo Lake. Continue straight ahead to the fire tower. In the summer months, there is usually a steward to greet you.
Near the cabin is a short trail that leads to a scenic overlook with a grand view of the Hudson valley and the Ashokan reservoir.
Trailhead: Take NYS Thruway (87) to Exit 20. Get on Rte 212 heading west. When you reach the center of Woodstock, take right on Rock City Road. This road becomes Mead Mountain Road after crossing Glasco Turnpike. The parking area is on the right across from the Budhist Temple - about 1.5 miles from Rte 212 .
Trail Guides for Overlook Mountain -Catskills:
Catskill Trails A Rangers Guide to the High Peaks Central
by Edward G. Henry (Black Dome Press)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 3 Forest Ranger (845) 256-3026
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Rich M on 7/9/2014
Stayed up there many times in every season! Last time about 10 years ago. A deer came right up to my sweetie and I. Didn't see any people. Always a great place to be.
Reviewed by Js on 10/13/2013
Wow! Did this hike while visiting, and it is one of my personal favorites now! The hike was steep, but easy. The amazing vistas and October colors were breath taking. I loved the old hotel as well. Will do this hike again if I am ever in the northeast. Highly recommend! One of the best days I've had,and was able to get some amazing photographs from the fire tower!
Reviewed by Jim W on 9/1/2012
A good half-day hike. I had been biking over the summer but had not been hiking in quite some time, so it was a challenge. Fairly steep 2 mile ascent over a jeep trail on Friday before a holiday weekend. Several people on the trail but wasn't crowded. Stopped at ruins of Overlook Mountain House, fascinating, will definitely come back. Continued another 1/2 mile to fire tower and ate lunch, climbed the tower for spectacular views. Took path to the ledge to the view of the Hudson River valley and beyond, another spectacular site. The precipice is quite steep, so caution is advised. Temperature was at least 10 degrees cooler than at the trail head, even warmer in town. Steep descent got to my legs, if in hiking shape shouldn't be problem.
Reviewed by EMK on 4/15/2012
Hiked with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. I am a hike coach for the Upstate NY/VT Chapter and we are training people to hike in the Grand Canyon in May. It's a good steady climb. Views from the top are good. Better if you climb a little ways up the fire tower. We hiked it on a Sunday and the down side was it was very crowded. All in all a pretty good hike though. If you're interested in Team in Training and hiking in the Grand Canyon check out LLS.org,Upstate NY/VT Chapter. You to can hike the Grand Canyon and help raise funds to cure blood cancers...
Reviewed by greg on 9/14/2011
very enjoyable hike in the Am great views and a good workout
Reviewed by DG on 8/8/2011
A good half-day hike. Climbed with my wife and family on 8/6/11. Two pretty steep miles up to the hotel ruins- a good workout, but not overwhelming. People coming down warned us about a rattlesnake by the tower on top. The hotel ruins provide a good resting spot amongst old walls, a mud-filled bathtub, and some recent grafiti. Then a half-mile to the top- went 3/4 of the way up the somewhat rickety fire tower for some wonderful views. Saw the large, beautiful rattlesnake- I was somewhat freaked out by the snake warnings, but the distinct impression when you see them is that they won't bother you if you don't bother them. Don't miss the overlook opposite the fire tower and past the cabin- terrific views of the Hudson valley!
Reviewed by Spartacvs on 7/15/2011
Uphill jeep trail. You climb about 1200' in 2 miles. This is a pretty steep climb straight to the top. GNATS!!! LOTS OF GNATS!!! Pleasant morning 67 degrees - Started out at 8:30a Not a cloud in the sky. Hotel ruins were neat to climb around in/on. Much easier climb up to the fire tower. Spectacular 360 degree views at the tower. Tower was closed but you can climb up most of the way. Beautiful. Picked up a very nice, recent shedding from a timber rattler. Measures about 4 feet long. Wished I caught a glimpse of him... then again maybe not :) Short trail over to the ledge behind the ranger station affords another beautiful view. Went to pick some blueberries and startled a timber rattler. He let me know he was there before I reached.
Reviewed by kd on 7/7/2011
I grew up seeing the old hotel from my backyard. We used to ride bikes there and then walk up the road to the top of the mountain as kids. It is an amazing view and the hotel is neat to see. I wonder if the huge marble columns are still there? It has been a number of years. I do remember it being a steep hike but worth the effort.
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