Overlook Mountain Hike

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Overlook Mountain Hike is a 13.1 mile out and back trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.1 miles 2444 feet Out & Back

dog friendly




cross country skiing




wild flowers

same as indian head mountain

4 months ago

7 months ago

Hotel ruins were good, especially if you like abandoned places. You can do the Overlook fire tower at the top for even better, unobstructed views. Lots of signs for rattle snakes. There are dens of them in the area and are especially active in the spring and fall. Not so much in summer and winter.

8 months ago

10 months ago

The hotel ruins were great, lots of loose rock on trail, hard to walk on it. We did not see any rattlesnakes even though tons of warning. U can go in the Buddhist temple and meditate

11 months ago

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2 years ago

Started the trail this time from long path. We were,t prepared for it to be that long (thought it would be the same as starting from the Buddhist place) so we began at around 4. The whole thing leading up to Echo Lake was about 10 miles (we were done and back to the parking area around 8 with stops in between). There is a very eerie feeling about Echo lake, almost haunting (not in a bad way). As though there is a giant glass bubble around the lake and the whole thing has been preserved like a hologram through time. First of all we felt some really loud vibrations, and steps close to us, then a really deep low growling (and after having tons of experience with the bears in the area I can assure you it was not a bear). We went to look for what it was but never found anything at all. The other strange thing was probably the water current itself, along with 3 ducks that were swimming by when we got there then out of nowhere 1 of them just disappeared into thin air. There were also tons of giant dragonfly/flyfish looking things flying past the water nonstop. Very strange indeed. But in a dreamy way. Overall it was a nice hike.

2 years ago

With a more experienced friend as a guide - did a 7.5 piece of this and camped by Echo Lake - then a 5 mile piece the next day.

The first hike went over the Twin peaks and that really kicked my butt (and taught me a good lesson about going light). These woods are beautiful and not really too busy. The trails were wet and there was a fair amount of scrambling through streams which really slows me down.

Overall a very challenging and beautiful hike.

Echo Lake is a bit dirty - About 10 tents pitched and I noticed human-ish excrement by the base of a tree about 50' from the water. There is an advertised privy but it was not in place. Still no excuse for crapping near the water - ground was soft enough to dig a hole...