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An easy hike I’ve been doing since I was little with my family. Beautiful views and the tower is pretty cool!

A nice moderate intro to Catskills hiking with an honestly arduous climb to the summit, stunning views, a fire tower to play on, and gothic-like ruins of an abandoned hotel to ponder. Do continue another 1.5 miles to serene Echo Lake for its beauty and hiking variety. The downside: the trail to Overlook is more ho-hum gravel road than true trail (undergoing machine grading when I visited), and trailhead parking can be challenging during busy hiking times.

its is a tough trail going up and going down! yet its beautiful when you reach the top!

Beautiful hike with great views!! Heavily trafficked, but still worth doing!

Did this today with my two kids aged 10 and 13. Had an awesome hike. We forgot to bring water but some nice fellow hikers were kind enough to share with us. Thanks to Louise Hay and positive affirmations (had been listening to Louise in the car to the trailhead and my daughter did affirmations on water literally two minutes before some strangers offered water unprompted).

old trail a 5 maybe new one a 3 light snow on top

Way way too busy. Can’t enjoy the hike or the summit. Another victim of its own success. Parking lots and sides of road over run with cars. Inconsiderate people plying music and partying in summit. Not fun at all.

Amazing view from the top of the fire tower

Hiked on 10/14/18. Beautiful hike to see 360 degree views of fabulous fall foliage, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. The trail is a bit muddy in spots, but not bad. Watch out for the ice and water on the some of the rocks just before heading to the summit. The top of the fire tower can be windy and cold, so make sure to bring a hat and gloves. It took us about 2 hours each way with a nice break at the top for lunch in a sheltered spot away from the wind.

Loved! Definitely challenging, but a good challenging.

Great hike, excellent views the whole way

I actually came away from this hike fairly disappointed. The trails were much easier than I was expecting, at best I’d say they were on the strenuous side of easy. The summit was nice, but very crowded for an early morning. Views from the top of the tower were great and it was nice to see inside a ranger cabin for a change, even if it is covered in graffiti. I HATE that I’m this disappointed.

Easy to moderate hike with only some steepness near the top. We had to take a couple breaks to catch our breath but overall fairly easy. To get any good views you need to be able to climb the fire tower. My husband is afraid of heights so I took pictures for him.

10/13/18 Trail was covered in the changing leafs but pretty easy to follow. The top of the tower was so beautiful. Saw a rainbow on the top! Must go for sure!

Hiked on 10/13. Was a little muddy in parts but was one of the prettiest hikes I’ve done. It was snowing towards the top and most trees were covered by the time we reached the top. Before the fire tower were two spot with incredible views! It was a little cloudy but visibility was still good. the fire tower was covered in ice and a little slippery but still had great views. Hiked with 3 other friends and it was one of our favorites! 1.25 hours up, about 40 minutes spent on top, and about 1.25 hours down with a lunch pit stop. All in all a beautiful sight for a shorter trail

Great hike, good feel for Adirondack hiking. A little heads up, sign distance on 9N is off—that’s distance to false summit. From that opening to tower is another half mile going down and then scrambling rocks to tower.
If taking new hikers don’t let them get fooled when they reach the top, top is not the destination.

beautiful at the top you can see for ever

The second half of the trail is extremely muddy with many sections turning into a rocky stream. There are also a couple slippery waterfall climbs. The summit is beautiful with great views but I'm not sure it's worth the 4+ hours of slogging through the mud. The total distance is around 27.5km or 17 miles so a bit longer than what's listed here.

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7 days ago

This was our 3rd fire tower, and by far the easiest. 80% of the trail on the way up is downhill.

It was fun for my fire year old to see the road from the firetower, then try to find the firetower form the road on our way home.

We also did the hike on national mushroom day, so that was the main focus of the hike (seeing who could find the most mushrooms. And there were a ton of different cool ones to see).

If you are starting your child (or yourself) out hiking, this is a fantastic place to start.

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7 days ago

This was the 1st Fire Tower of the Fire Tower Challenge for my boy and I. He had just turned 5 when we did it, and he had no trouble.

Fairly short and has a fantastic view. I think i was lucky that this was the first mountain that we did, because he loved it, and it made him want to come back for more.

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This was the 4th fire tower challenge for my 5 year old an I (brought the wife along on this one).

Day was wet, so that along with the leafs covered rocks and ankle breaker roots made for slow going. Took us 2h up and 1.5h down.

There is one section near the top where you enter an evergreen grove that is covered with hanging moss. The day we did it the mountain top was fogged in. When we entered this section my boy stopped us and said "it looks like we are on another planet". He was right.

The fire tower is super tall, unfortunately for us, we did it on peak color change, but had no view.

We will probably do this one again on our way to completing the fire tower challenge, just so we get to see the view.

The hike is a perfect balance of relaxation and challenge, only 2 hours away from Montreal. The last third of the path is a bit more exhausting, but nothing too intense. Very well maintained path, parking and trail easy to find. Path was quite muddy when we did the hike on this fall day, but still totally doable, even for kids. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy and foggy so we had no view at all once at the summit, but we still had a good time. I'll definitely come back on a sunnier day!

Great hike. The dogs helped make the hike up easier then made it quite a bit more dangerous on the way down. Beautiful view at the summit.

Great hike. Great view.

The view on this is amazing especially in the fall

The view on this is amazing especially in the fall

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10 days ago

Nice, quick hike. Took less than a 1/2 hour for us to get to the top. Fire tower view was great. Bring a picnic lunch, as there is a nice area to eat at the top. We are working on the fire tower challenge.

Very wet and eroded but even in the clouds with rain and wind still was a great view especially from the firetower. Need to do on a clear fall day next time!

My sister calls this our ‘reverse Hunter hike’ if you like to hike you will like this trail. A long meandering hike up, steep in short sections, but also several sections of flat walking. A gorgeous forest, with streams and little water falls everywhere. Very well marked and easy to follow. Challenging only in the length and steep parts. The way down is very steep but it goes super quick and again the forest is just plain picturesque. Not a lot of views, there are little side trails here or there that lead to scenic views. No views from the top except from the fire tower. Do not expect solitude here on a nice day or weekend. Highly recommend this hike at anytime of year.

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