Owl's Head Mountain Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews
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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 is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

views

scramble

snow

First 2 miles are pretty easy. There's a few downed trees to hop over. The last mile is kinda steep and a lot of 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
11 days ago

Great payoff at the top with a fire tower.

hiking
11 days ago

First 2/3 of hike is quite easy going. Last 1/3 was a steep incline to the fire tower. Very manageable for us. We had our 11 year old son and Boston terrier with us. Would definitely do it again! Beautiful view!

24 days ago

greatlittle hike not too strenuous it was long but easy

hiking
27 days ago

The first 1.5 miles are an easy walk through a nice mixed timber forest. There are a few blow downs to hop over or walk around, but nothing troubling. As the elevation slowly increases the trail enters a seasonal stream bed with loose rocks, small and large, but there is a path on the side of most of this portion that is easier. As the trail levels off it would seem that you have reached the top, but this is what is called the “false summit.” Shortly you will begin to descend, which is a psychological bummer, before you start to gain elevation to the actual summit. Just past the remains of the observers cabin the trail gets steeper. It’s a short steep section up to the summit and tower. The tower views are beautiful. Some of the steps on the tower are a bit sketchy, but intact. Overall a great hike, with a couple of challenging sections. Highly recommend. With a generous time at the summit, which I had to myself, I spent a total of 02:53:00 on this trail.

1 month ago

Did this with my dog and it was spectacular! We kept a good pace without more than a few minutes to stop for a break and we were up to the fire tower in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Same amount of time to descend. As others have said the first two miles are a mix of level terrain with a few sections of moderate elevation change. The last mile or so, especially after the the site of the old observer's cabin, is VERY steep. In spite of this it's very rewarding as the trail is in great shape and the views at the top are remarkable! If you don't want to ascend the tower there are outstanding views at two points at the summit. This would be a great choice to prepare for hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks due to it's length and elevation gain. Fantastic hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this mountain, trail, observer's cabin, and of course the Fire Tower! It is always nice to have a well maintained Fire Tower to climb when you get to the summit. The first two miles of this hike is fairly straight forward...a slow tapering elevation climb that is moderately easy. The last half mile tends to get a little steeper and a little more strenuous. Expect to maybe use your hands a little as to attempt to navigate and scramble the last quarter mile up to the summit. From the summit there are 180 degree views looking East, North, and South of Long Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate to easy, though small pooches and some kids may have some trouble with a little rock scrambling. For the most part, this is a walk in the woods with some climbing at the end, but nothing real serious. Excellent views. Will take at least an hour to summit, though if you're slow probably like 1:45.
Lots and lots of tourist citidiots on this trail. Denim warriors with no trail etiquette abound.

2 months ago

Previous reviews are spot on. I will only add that this trail could use trail work. There is a lot of “trail spread “ where people have tried to avoid a)mud b) blowdowns c)slab d) stream beds. Fantastic views from on top.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this 6-1-18 Saturday. Beautiful blue sky 70 degrees. Not much mud like everyone first 2 miles is easy last mile is tougher. Once you reach the ranger foundation you think your good but nope another short but steep climb. Well worth doing though.

hiking
3 months ago

At the top now over looking amazing views! Hike was fairly easy the first 2 Miles. Started to climb last mile with lots of rocks and mixture of mud/water. 14th fire tower in the books. Definitely one of my favorites! Fire tower is open .

4 months ago

The views at the top were gorgeous ! First two miles are definitely easy but the last mile is challenging for anyone without experience hiking. Rather steep incline especially after the first false peak. Snow shoes highly recommended. Took us about 3 hours round trip with conditions

10 months ago

Everybody’s review is quite helpful. Just want to add that from photographing point of view that views will be partially blocked by the pine tree around fire tower. Also for the same reason, i would personally prefer go to Goodnow Mt. In the area.

10 months ago

I found this to be a challenging hike for me, as I'm a beginner. But the views at the top made everything worth it. The entire experience took us 4.5 hours with about 45 minutes or so spent at the summit. I loved it

10 months ago

Really nice hike starts with a pleasant walk they the woods
Not terribly difficult a few rocks to maneuver but all in all a pleasant day trip
Took 2 hours to go up and 1.5 to come down

hiking
10 months ago

The first mile is a pretty mellow hike... then there's 1.5 miles of incline to the old observer's cabin. From here it's all up! Requires a couple spots you need to do a bit of rock climbing, but it's worth it. Beautiful views on top.

hiking
10 months ago

First 2 miles is very flat with a few grades near the beginning of the trail but nothing too bad. Around 2.1 miles you hit the mountain and it does get steep in places but push through it! There's a small reprieve at the site of the old caretaker's cabin before the final stretch. Fire tower is worn but worth it and the views from the summit are well worth the effort

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is moderate in the beginning 2 miles. A few hilly and rocky areas. Then the last mile is quite steep and very rocky. We brought our Westie and Cairn Terriers along and had to lift them up some of the shear rock areas because they are short legged. The views were beautiful even before climbing the tower. The tower was recently repaired so it’s safe. Highly recommended if you want a good hike about 6 miles round trip.

10 months ago

This was a great hike abut of a challenge in some areas but, the view was so worth it

hiking
11 months ago

Great Hike with a rewarding view at the top. Great 350 view from Fire tower. Brought a picnic lunch and sat and enjoyed the view. Definitely not easy as some high rocky areas to climb. Trail was wet from yesterday's rain which didn't help.

hiking
11 months ago

Real good hike, pretty challenging in parts. The view from the top was awesome!

11 months ago

Great hike view was perfect. Steep towards the top

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Very wet climb but the Views were Awesome. You didn't need to go up the Tower to view it. That's a plus. No bugs so we lucked out. Comparable views to my favorite Crane Mtn.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Absolutely stunning views.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Just got to the top of the mountain beautiful view and not to bad of a hike

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great hike with some amazing views. Trail is easy to locate and follow.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This would make a nice family hike. It has some length at 6.2 miles but if it wasn't for the portion after the observer cabin site I would rate it as easy.

There are a number of trees across the trail. It doesn't impede hiking but it needs some work for this seasons snowmobilers. Also the wooden walking planks and bridges need some work. The first few are nice but later there are many that are rotted out.

The view from the tower is awesome. This is a hike worth taking.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pretty easy hike. Past the Observer's cabin there were a couple spots that I had to figure out maneuvering around with the little dude on my back but it was all manageable.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

The first section of the hike was very easy - flat to gently rolling hills, but once you make your way up the mountain it gets steep fast. the last mile has a few sections that are rocky and steep.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Pretty easy out and back hike

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

This was a nice trail that I did. The weather was chilly and there snow and ice out. The trail starts off with a climb, then it levels out until you get close to the summit.There was ice out and I had to use my microspikes to reach the summit. The views from the tower were nice. The only issue that I have is the elevation gain listed in AllTrails is incorrect, as the actual elevation gain was 1,519 ft. I would do this trail again when the weather is nice out.

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