Overlook Mountain and Echo Lake

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Overlook Mountain and Echo Lake is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bearsville, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,326 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
2 months ago

awesome views all around!glad we did echo lake it was picturesque and beautiful and made the hike with everything like the fire tower and overlook mountain about 9 miles. it is pretty hard to do it all so be warned! it was very wet and muddy especially to echo lake but it was worth it in my opinion. the hike took us about 3 and a half hours or so.

hiking
3 months ago

So glad that we tacked on the Echo Lake hike to our Overlook Mtn route. Hike up to Overlook is beautiful in Oct but it’s a Jeep trail and not very exciting but the views from the Overlook & the Firetower are incredible and worth the hike. Echo Lake 4 mile out & back add-on was picturesque & rocky with great payoff at the lake. We hit it on a spectacular fall day with no one else on the trail. Lots of climbing on both trails but moderate rating is accurate.

backpacking
3 months ago

Pros include incredible views from the top of the fire tower, the hotel ruins, and the scenic beauty of Echo Lake (great fall colors). Cons: The road to the firetower is not particularly exciting; we decided to walk the 2.7 miles from Woodstock, there's a lot of gain and very little shade (would not recommend).

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed this hike even in e rain. It wasn’t too hard. I want to hike it when the suns out.

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

Echo Lake itself makes the rather nondescript hike up the firetower road worth it, but it doesn't come close to a favorite overall hike. Having taken the bus from NYC to Woodstock, I underestimated the 2.7 mile walk to the trailhead. A lot of gain, be wary! That being said, Woodstock was a nice waystation. As mentioned, the 2 miles to the fork in the trail are heavily trafficked and rather dull. The hotel ruins are a lot of fun to explore, though, and the view from the firetower is staggering! I didn't have time to check out the museum, but its pretty dang cool that it's even there. In my opinion, the section of trail between the trail fork and Echo Lake is where the fun begins! The road ended and I finally felt like I was out in nature. It's a quick 2 miles downhill to Echo. The lake itself is gorgeous, especially with the leaves turning. We passed the well-maintained lean-to and eventually found a beautiful campsite on the west side of the lake. Unfortunately the firepit was full of garbage. Plastic, paper, and food waste. Hiking partner and I cleared out the plastic, to be packed out the next day, and burned the paper and food under our own fire. The evening was wonderful and the hike had it's moments. Definitely a worthwhile hike if you're in the area, even as a day trip. Worth noting that the morning hike out was spent dodging hundreds of silk worms that hung in the path!

hiking
4 months ago

Uphill battle but worth the view!

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Nice trail! Connected it to echo lake for an extra 4 miles round trip

hiking
5 months ago

First two miles are a fire trail - not very nice, no views. Echo Lake is pretty but not swimmable. Beaver marks everywhere. Insanely buggy in July. The view from overlook is astonishing and best part of the hike. But if you’re trying to get into the woods and away from town I don’t recommend this hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail early July. Started uphill to overlook mountain, passed the abandoned hotel, then went back a little to start the trail to echo lake. A lot of uphill! Be prepared for a challenging hike especially if you have gear as we did. The trail to echo lake is all downhill which made it a challenge on the way back. Regardless of the difficultly the campsites at echo lake are beautiful. We had the place to ourselves which made it super peaceful and quiet! Brought my dog and he loved it as well.

hiking
bugs
muddy
8 months ago

We're giving this hike a 3 star because it was a very basic trail, although steep. Reaching the abandoned hotel gives you a nice break and is great for pictures. Next up was the overlook view which was a spectacular view. We then doubled back to the fire tower, unfortunately the top was locked so we had to enjoy the view from the stairs. On our way back we took a detour to echo lake, which was 2 miles of downhill muddy trails. So be prepared for the uphill battle on your way back. The entire trip took us about 5 hours, echo lake took up about 2.

hiking
8 months ago

Fire tower trail was a disappointment, due to power lines and it being a road. However once you start echo lake it gets more trail like. Lake is beautiful anytime of year. Complete 5/4/19

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Starting to get muddy. Spikes are still strongly suggested. It’s rated moderate but honestly it’s pretty easy. Cabin of the fire rower is closed but you can still climb it. Outhouse at the top is operable. Lots of people and dogs were enjoying the trail today.

10 months ago

great hiking second time

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