Mount Utsayantha is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Stamford, New York and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 672 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: The cab on the firetower is currently CLOSED, but there is still a view from the landings. You will be walking one mile along a dirt road. Along the way, you will see a granite marker for the alleged burial location of the local Indian maiden, Utsayantha. When you reach the top, there are several viewpoints. One is from a wooden platform used by hang-gliding enthusiasts. The most striking feature on the summit is the wooden building which was once an observatory and souvenier shop for tourists who visited the mountain (often taking a carriage ride to the top). There is also a firetower (which cannot be climbed) and several communication towers clustered on the summit. If you have time, you may also want to check out the Blenheim covered bridge and Minekill falls - both on NY Route 30.

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7 days ago

Fucked up

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13 days ago

Cool hike. It was a steep seasonal road with no level stretches. But it was short, so it was easy. The views from the top are amazing. The princess's "grave" site is right next to the road. The firetower, history kiosk and original observation cabin were worth the short exertion. The cab on the firetower is closed, but there is still a view from the landings. No bugs. I saw a fox kit and a porcupine. You CAN drive it...I chose to hike.

hiking
6 months ago

I cheated and drove to the top. The view of the Catskills and the Northern Adirondacks was awesome. Check out my full write up along with some things to look out for. eastcoasthiker.com/trails/utsayantha/

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8 months ago

easy hike with a stunning view. or you can just drive to the top.

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9 months ago

Hiked with Dan.

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9 months ago

Pretty cool hike up the mountain history and great views

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11 months ago

trail was wide and maintained. not sure I'd call it easy since it is straight up. enjoyed it however. view at top is worth it.

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Mon Feb 11 2019

It was a nice spot Perfect on a winters day And easy enough of a walk

Sun Nov 04 2018

Fun hike with the family

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Sun Aug 26 2018

Stunning views, however, not exactly a beginner trail. 6 months out of knee surgery, I needed a truly easy trail. this was too steep, and i only made it about 1/4 of the way up before deciding it might be too much. Pushed myself to the top, but it is very steep all the way up. Not a Beginner Easy trail in my opinion. Will walk again soonish though ! Dog loved it !

Mon Jul 30 2018

Nice easy hike on a gravel road. Good for kids. Cool history and views up top.

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Tue May 08 2018

A nice easy hike where you have views of some of the 3500ers and 67ers. Bugs were out in full effect.

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Sat Oct 14 2017

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Sat Sep 16 2017

I drove up the road in my 4x4. Very bumpy, rocky, and some washed out places. Lots of communication towers at the top. It would be a nice easy hike also. Would be a great mountain bike road too!!

Sun Aug 13 2017

Hike a gravel road 1 mile easy cool area at top to hang with views another NY tower down

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Sat Jul 22 2017

Not much of a hike just going a mile up a road and back, but still a great hike to take just for the views near and at the top. You could drive the road to the top if you just want the views. Great spot for a quick picnic too. We also went blueberry picking over at Blue Sky Farms about 4 miles east on Route 23 towards Grand Gorge.

Wed Oct 26 2016

Great views. A steep trek up to the top. Walking is on a gravel rd

Sun Jul 24 2016

great views and nice info and structures on top. climb the firewatch tower if it's still open! not many view on the access road up but at least that's short.

Wed Jun 01 2016

"Trail" is actually a seasonal road. There may be other trails, but they are not maintained or marked.

hiking
Wed Jul 08 2015

Short hike, but steep. View is nice, but other towers block some of it from the fire tower.

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Sat Jul 26 2014

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Sun Apr 13 2014

Not a tough hike. Make sure to do this one in late May because the trail/road is very muddy and soft in April. Easy hike, the reason I'm giving it 3 stars is for the view at the top of the fire tower. The fire tower seems to sway but it's safe. Overall it's a good starter hike for the beginner or for a first season hike.

hiking
Thu Oct 24 2013

nice views - great during the week when no one is around.

Sun Aug 04 2013

Fabulous views. The gravel road from the entrance is unpaved but drivable/cyclable - one lane in places, to be prepared to let on-coming vehicles pass. Although it would be doable by mountain bike, of course, it is a rough, steep road but not busy. As to trails there is only one very short trail from the park left at the top. Everything else has been reclaimed by the forest, in spite of the signage. The orange arrows are amusing. Whatever paths they are pointing to no longer exist. There is some interesting history explained at the park. Partridge Run is a much better choice for either hiking or biking, but the views from here are amazing. There is a view tower as well that makes the knees shake. The site has huge cell phone towers, which detracts from the experience.

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