West Kill Mountain to Buck Ridge Lookout

MODERATE 22 reviews
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West Kill Mountain to Buck Ridge Lookout is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Kill, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2027 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

bugs

rocky

scramble

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful mountain! The steep ascent was a workout and well worth the lookout just .1 from the summit. Perfect round-trip mileage. From Spruceton Parking round trip is about 8 miles.

hiking
28 days ago

Great moderate difficulty mountain. Very little scrambling, fun challenge. Seem to be closer to 8 or 9 miles round trip, not 6.

1 month ago

Great trail. Bit difficult with moderate scramble. This trail is part of the Devils Footpath and lives up to its name. Went up and over, Summiting St. Anne also. Well worth the trip. Another 3500'+ bagged.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked Westkill via the Diamond Notch. Challenging for me but my daughter looked like it was stroll in the woods. The falls and Westkill Creek were pretty. It was slippery due to recent rains. Beautiful views from the lookout.

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

8 months ago

8 months ago

Combined with Hunter total 16.2 miles, 7 hrs

hiking
8 months ago

December 8. - 6 inches of snow and sheets of ice made it more of a challenge. Crampons were useful. Most of the trail is forested, offering very few views of the surrounding mountains. There's one clearing near the peak that's pretty awesome. Also a cave that's deep enough to be a natural lean to. Good hike.

9 months ago

Challenging but fun. Fantastic view at the top. 4 to 4.5 hr hike.

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

There were definitely some challenging parts to this hike, although some reprieve in spots. It took me 6 hours from start to finish, with only a few minutes at the summit to take in the view. The trail was very well marked and easy to follow.

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty tough uphill after the first 10 minutes. You go about 1,200' elevation in a short time, but the view at the top is totally worth it

hiking
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Monday, January 25, 2016

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

This is one of my favorite hikes. It is challenging and technical but not too much. My wife and I took our 4 small boys( 9,7 and twins at 6) on one of our trips up and they made it without issue. I think this is a good hike for a beginner that is in good shape. The view is well worth the effort and will give someone new to hiking a wow moment that will make them crave more hiking.

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

hiking
Sunday, September 27, 2015

This trail is a little involved, and can be a little daunting for a first-time hiker.
The trail is demarcated, but it is possible to loose your way. So ensure, you have a correct trail map apriori.
* It has nice small waterfalls and streams of water flow.
* There are spots in between to take breaks.
* Being the last one up to the buck ridge lookout meant we could take a food break at the look out @ 2-3pm