Owl's Head Mountain Trail

MODERATE 183 reviews

Owl's Head Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Long Lake, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,532 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

muddy

scramble

snow

First 2 miles are fairly easy with just a few downed trees to hop over. The last mile is a bit steep with rocks to scramble up. If you have a dog, you'll prob be lifting it up in a few places. The view from the fire tower is beautiful.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

It's a pretty easy hike until you reach the last mile. All the big rocks are covered with ice, so you may have to find your way around. In general the ground is pretty solid, but there are areas that seem like an endless game of "the floor is water" (instead of lava ). The view at the top is pretty cool. Northeast to the tower you can see some high peaks with snow on their summit.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

with 2 Boston terriers and wife on beautiful Autumn day, past peak, nice views, nice workout not overbearing. did not need to lift dogs, trail condition good, marked adequately.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day. Amazing views from the tower.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely worth it! Last mile is steep but doable! Fire tower is narrow at the top but spectacular views!

hiking
2 months ago

This was my second fire tower that I hiked. It was really an amazing view from the top and it was a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

No overlooks on the way up but gorgeous view once you get to the top!!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 8/30/19. this is a beautiful hike and view. Would do this again!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy in the beginning but the last mile is difficult and a work out ... clawing your way up the mountain side in some spots .. view at the top of the fire tower makes it all worth it !

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this on a fairly warm day. Nice out and back with good view from the fire tower. A lot of dragonflies at the top which was a nice surprise.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

I went in June, so there was still alot of water and mud. it was nice tho and made it a better challenge. view was beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail on 8/14/19, @ 11:10 am, with clear skies and 70 degrees. The trail was well-worn and nicely marked with red tags. I was greeted at the tower with scores of dragonflies, cool. At the top I spoke with a couple of different groups of people and was congratulated by a 46r for conquering all 29 fire towers ( Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown has one). I traveled a total of 7,774 miles, walked 132.6 miles, and climbed 35,815’. I started on 9/23/15, while I was still working. Next up, waterfalls! A total of 40 people were on the trail today, very busy, but very friendly.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Good hike, about 2 hours to the top with a few stops. The last 500 meters, or so, was a well marked scramble.

hiking
bugs
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

A nice wide path, soft underfoot. Not too muddy or wet, few bugs. One of the easier firetowers to climb for me as it has only 5 ladders.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, great views. All trails is off on elevation gain, it’s about 1,100 feet. First two miles are nice and easy, last mile is a moderate climb. That last mile would be tough for young kids, dogs and can be treacherous when wet. Trail is well-marked.

hiking
4 months ago

Solid hike, not many bugs except for that one deer fly that made the trip with us. Hundreds of dragonflies at the top and a great view from the fire tower. Path is well maintained and very easy to follow

hiking
5 months ago

We have hiked this trail after heavy rain. Consequently the trail was somewhat muddy but still enjoyable. The views from the top is spectacular. We have not encountered too many bugs.

5 months ago

It was a beautiful day today. Perfect for riding my Harley to the trailhead and hiking to the fire tower. Though the trail is rated moderate, there are some challenging areas. I definitely got a workout going up. The tower could use some new boards on the stairs and landings, but the cab was open for some nice views.

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