Harvey Mountain and Pinnacle Point Loop

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Harvey Mountain State Forest

Harvey Mountain and Pinnacle Point Loop is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Austerlitz, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.3 miElevation gain925 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsrunningForestViewsWildlife
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Kat O'Neill
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I loved this hike. Snow packed trail. Did not need spikes. Well marked.

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Charles Conway
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We loved the hike, as others have said, the summit view isn’t anything special but the scenery along the hike makes up for it. The area is absolutely beautiful, especially in the snow. We did the hike easily without spikes so definitely not a necessity but may help if you want the added sense of security.

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carwin m
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Emma Fullem
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HikingIcy

Decent summit views! Would recommend microspikes.

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Thomas Bewick
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Ben Bewick
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Sven Prudlo
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Ok trail, decent inclines, views, etc. Would be a lot nicer if hunters were banned. These idiots and their rifles warning me that my dog interfere with their hunting. Hike definitely better without hunters - quite a few of them.

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Leslie Cardone
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Not too steep, definitely doable with dogs. The first part of the blue trail and then red to the summit were the “hardest” with the steepest incline. The rest I would classify as easy. There are a lot of hunters out so wear bright colors.

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Pukkie Singhsuwan
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Alex Kochnev
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Gavin Kalner
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heidi dudek
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Alyssa Adams
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Nice stretches of incline that got the heart racing but overall very doable! A really fun hike, did it in a little over 2 hours.

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Louise Hendry
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use all trails for initial trail heads. lretty, easy, well maintained. apparently there is a firetower trail so start at left part of the loop/map/uphill to take the 5.6 trail there - marker in about 0.5 miles

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Lisa Graham
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Loved the blueberry fields just before Harvey Peak. The reds were gorgeous against the backdrop of Everet Mtn.

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David Fisher
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Nice walk around with the kids

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Joseph Diamond
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Good dog walking trail. Vegetation obscured the view a the summit, but it was a nice trip. Trail up to the summit of Harvey continues on into Massachusetts and isn’t marked on AllTrails. Didn’t end up taking that, but will another day. Ended up being 4.6 miles round trip. Some of the most interesting geology I’ve seen recently. Lots of quartz embedded in the rock along the way. Super cool.

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Erica L
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More like Harvey Hill and Pinnacle What's-the-Point Loop. This was a perfectly fine walk in the woods. Starting on the blue trail the register is almost .5 miles in so if you do the whole loop you have to go back in to check out. The blue trail up to Harvey is easy to follow and well worn. A pretty good climb, steep in a couple spots but overall very doable for all. The clearing at the top is hardly a summit, though. There is a bit of a view if you stand on the bench and raise your phone over your head. Nice spot for lunch. Lots of blueberries earlier in summer. There are a lot of little off shoot trails through the berries for foraging. The true summit is underwhelming but it was cool to see the NY/MA border with an old rock wall dividing the two states. Found myself wondering when it was built and what a cool summer job that would be lol. The trail down to Pinnacle is just an old logging road and nothing really indicates you're at Pinnacle, pretty underwhelming (unless maybe I missed something somehow). There is a cairn and an unmarked trail off to the left which I explored about half a mile into then turned around. It was dense but clearly a trail. I assumed it would meet back up with the old road but was alone so didn't find out. Once off the logging road and across the street, the rest of the way is nice and shady and easy. Passed one mountain biker. This is a good loop for a workout but I don't consider it a good hike. There's really not much to see.

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Janis Kestenbaum
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Nice shady hike! Was very deserted, even on a summer weekend. Excellent for social distancing!

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Keith C
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A peaceful walk in the woods. Trails in good condition, clearly marked. Nice climb to the top.

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Tatjana Versaggi
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I lived this hike. Challenging but not exhausting for someone in their first hiking season. Beautiful in the many ways the northeast can be. Bikers were polite and wildlife plentiful. Will definitely do this again.

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Kristian Ording
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Nice hike with inclines and declines. Small stream fun for the kids to play in. Had to get out of the way for 1 mountain biker but otherwise very quiet. The summits/scenic views were missing the wow factor. Lots of wild berries. Fairly well Marked.

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Daniel Feldman
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Great trail, well maintained. Saw black bear cub on the Harvey Peak summit footpath

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Nicole Hughes
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I adore Harvey Mountain. It's a beautiful walk in the woods, with a stream crossing and then the last .75 miles or so is a steep incline. It is marked really well and will get your blood pumping. I've hiked all over this particular area, and this hike is still one of my favorites.

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R. Scott Oliver
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Over all a beautiful rail with good elevation and some nice views. Very few hikers today. Rocky and rooty in spots with some muddy patches but well groomed. This was a good moderate hike. The blueberries at the summit were ripe.

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Jackie Stanley
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Beautiful hike. I second someone else’s comment about the confusing nature of the map— the big thing to know is the yellow (spray-painted not signed) trail that begins beyond the blueberry field at the summit takes you into Massachusetts and is not the same as the mapped yellow trail shown at the East Hill road trailhead. I’d stick with the red trail (much better signed and maintained) unless you’re very confident!

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Martha naber
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Nice little trail. It is confusing on top. When trail “summits “ at clearing (with bench) there are nice views. However, continue up trail a little farther, pass an intersection with a road (you will take that later for the loop) and as you crest another rise the views open up more. If you continue on that spur you will end up at MA border in a short time and a yellow marked trail which presumably starts somewhere in mass? Return to intersection with road and take left which will bring you down to a yellow gate in ~1/2 mile where you cross a dirt road and continue on a yellow marked trail 1.6 miles back to road just above parking lot. Take a left on the road back to parking area.

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Celeste Harp
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Overall good hike but extremely buggy. A solidly moderate hike with decent elevation gain, rewarded with beautiful views at the top. Another hiker warned us of black bear activity on the trail (which is common given the time of year). Tons of blueberries setting up- should be ready by late August. Highly recommend this trail.

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