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

Length 6.0 mi Elevation gain 1,906 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

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Shawn Innes
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Hiking
Alison Wrynn
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HikingRocky

A straightforward climb to a beautiful waterfall and great lookout. Took me about 3.5 hours, breaks included.

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Jenny DuBarry
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Hiking

Beautiful view, uphill climb with great scenery. Almost alone in the morning but lots of folks arriving at the swimming hole as we came back down. Perfect amount of effort and distance for myself and my dog.

Yuri Khorondze
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BackpackingGreat!

Very nice trail

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Cameron Marchand
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HikingBugsRocky

good hike. Not too difficult outside of a mile stretch that's decently steep. Arrived at 3:30 and it was a ghost town on the trail. Great Catskills hike

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Andi C
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Great views at the lookout, about hours hike, a few bugs at the plateau but not bad. The summit is about 5 minutes ahead of the lookout.

Travis Harnischfeger
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Hiking

Hot day really sucked a dick...got around the stream and then vertical for 1.5 miles

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Dana Costello
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Hiking

Another great day in the Catskills! First mile is beautiful with the sound of the water running, and then .... turn right onto Devil’s Path and the terrain is steep and rocky!! 2.2 miles on Devil’s to the lookout. Million dollar view!!

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Martha naber
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Hiking

Started on this Sunday at 0830 to beat the heat and crowds. Succeeded on both fronts. Had Buck Ridge lookout to myself for 30min. Worth the climb. Passed 6 groups on my way down. Agree with previous reviews. The majority of the elevation gain was in the 1st mile+ of the Devils Path. Last mile was mild grade. Well marked path.

Laura Gust
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail for a hot day! The trail starts out easy. After you cross the bridge over the waterfall, you’ll come to an intersection. Take a sharp right and soon you’ll notice that the steepness of the trail increases. There is one gorgeous vista at The Buck Ridge Lookout, but the nearby summit of Westkill does not have a view (although, there’s a nice cairn stone formation). On my way back down the mountain, I took a dip in the pool at Diamond Notch waterfall and I did not regret it! I hit the trail on a weekday and this was definitely a good choice because the trail gets busy on weekends.

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MacKenzie Gaze
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MacKenzie Gaze
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Blaze Clymer
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Hiking

just a steady climb to a great view. Not much else to see.

Hiking with Dogs
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Overall enjoyed this trail. Got to the trailhead at about 8 am and there was only one car. Definitely bring some bug spray and waterproof hiking boots. This trail is very wet and muddy. For the first half of the trail, brace yourself for an hour of uphill climbing without much in terms of scenery. However, once you get to the second portion of the trail, there’s a beautiful pine forest that’s relatively flat with a couple steeper climbs. I did the trail with my dog and he was able to navigate the steeper sections just fine. The view at Buck Ridge is beautiful and if you get there early enough you’ll have it to yourself for awhile. I got there at 10 and headed back at 10:30. I passed at least 12 groups of people on the way down and a lot of people were hanging out at the waterfall at the bottom around noon. If you don’t mind the crowds at the bottom and coming across other hikers, it’s worth the climb.

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Jade Parry
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HikingIcySnow

Exhilaring trail! Beautiful waterfall and then a very steep incline for about 1-1.5 miles which leads to icy conditions. We only had hiking boots (no spikes, crampons, or poles) but we made it! We had to get pretty creative about how we maneuvered around the ice but the challenge made the views at the summit all the more worth it.

Paul Bednarczyk
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HikingBugsIcyRocky

April 25, 2020, the first 2 miles was dry with some wet spots. Starting at the 2 mile mark the trail became icy. Crampons and walking poles a must. Made it to 2.25 miles and turned back since we only had poles. On the low parts by the falls the bugs were out in droves if you were not moving.

Eric Berger
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HikingBugsIcy

Beautiful day to hike with the wife and dog... although trail heads were a little busy. Trail gets icy with elevation and spikes are definitely recommended. Many people were turning back at the ice. Though they aren’t terrible yet, The flies have already hatched so bug spray is recommended too.

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Lars A
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Hiking

Snow conditions and some very very icy spots , but otherwise great hike. Short but some tough uphill stretches. Will come back in fall again when ice is gone.

Salty .
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