Overlook Mountain Hike

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Overlook Mountain Hike is a 12.9 mile out and back trail located near Platte Clove, 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.

12.9 miles
2,188 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing







wild flowers

same as indian head mountain

4 months ago

A relentless steep climb up the mountain but well worth it!

6 months ago

Pretty tough incline to start if you have a lot of gear. The hotel ruins are beautiful and fun to explore. Hike down to echo lake for a night or two of camping. Lots of available campsites along a trail around the lake. Views from the fire tower are great as well.

7 months ago

Basic non-scenic Jeep trail up and back but the abandoned hotel, fire-tower and views at the summit are worth the hike.

9 months ago

I rate this trail as moderate. Great for night hikes as well as dsy hikes. Lots to explore with the old buildings. Great views from the overlook and firetower. One of my favorite hikes to bring people on. Five stars.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike through a multitude of terrains with some gorgeous views.

11 months ago

Kicked my butt in the beginning but loved the views! Definitely worth the climb!

Monday, August 08, 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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...

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