West Kill Mountain to Buck Ridge Lookout

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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
1889 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

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11 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with waterfalls at beginning and some minor technical climbs. Would say it’s moderately difficult. The lookout is breathtaking. Summit ecosystem very nice as well. My top 10 of Catskills hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

5 months 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
6 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.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

11 months ago

11 months ago

Combined with Hunter total 16.2 miles, 7 hrs

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

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. Good hike.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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