Woodhull Mountain Trail

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Woodhull Mountain Trail is a 14.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Old Forge, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,217 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Woodhull Mountain, located six miles south of Old Forge is a 15.2 mile RT hike that offers excellent views. From the State Land parking lot in McKeever (between Otter lake and Minnehaha, on Route 28), travel on foot (or mountain bike or cross country skis) about five miles on a relatively flat dirt road. Proceed past the turnoff to Remsen Falls to a clearing with a bridge. Cross the bridge, stow the bikes or skis and continue on the trail about 2.5 mi to the summit. The trail is never steep but climbs slowly to a fire tower on top with excellent views all around.

lovely walk in woods - not challenging. at times muddy and had to take boots off to cross creek but it had rained for two days straight before. the view was okay from tower but foliage has gone past peak. no chicken wire so added thrill. really cute bridge at start of hike. parking at remsen falls full at 9 am from non-hikers.

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3 months ago

I needed this for the Adirondack fire-tower challenge . The 14.4 miles intimidated me but I did what some suggested and drove in the first 3 miles . I didn’t see anyone on the mountain until I came out . The trail was wet from the rain the day before but a good hike , a good view from the fire tower ( although the cabin was padlocked )

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3 months ago

If you enjoy a meander through the woods, this is the hike for you. We really enjoyed it as the forest was green and empty of other hikers, but there is no large climb or impressive view at the end, so I imagine others would not enjoy it as much. Like some others we took drove to the second barrier for the 9 mile hike. The road was in decent condition, but we had to avoid hitting some larger rocks. The first 2.5 mi of the trail are along an unkempt dirt road. We saw some fresh bear scat and the bugs were pretty bad, but not enough to run us out of the woods. After the dirt road the rest of the trail is up a slight incline. The trail is neglected with a few 30-50ft stretches of bushwacking through overgrowth and I would recommend wearing ankle protective boots as there are lots of roots and rocks to stumble on. Overall, as lovers of the woods, we really enjoyed this hike.

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4 months ago

Biked to the start of the climb then hiked up. A lot of deer flys and followed fresh bear tracks for about 4.5 miles headed towards the truck on the way out.

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4 months ago

Started from second barrier gate. Total mileage about 9 miles. Not a difficult hike. Rather bugs were annoying and portions of trail was through high grass. No views from summit. Tower was not open but you could get views if you climbed.

Definitely see if the Access Road is open, it will save you 3 miles each way in hiking the old railroad path. The access road is in great condition and is just beyond the McKeever Parking lot. Drive down 3 miles to the next "Stop Barrier" on your left (GPS: N43 37.096 W75 02.165). There's room for 4-6 cars. This is where you can pick up the trail (the road keeps going beyond this point).

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5 months ago

I hiked this trail on 6/17/19, with blue skies and 60 degrees. The gate to the trail was closed so plan on the full 15.2 mile hike. The hike itself can be taken leisurely or as one to be conquered. I chose the latter. It took me 5 hours round trip and that included a 20 minute lunch break on the tower. I found the view from the top to be spectacular, tranquil and mesmerizing.

Sun Sep 23 2018

hiked on 9/23/18, perfect way to start the fall. Started at the McKeever parking area. Took the mile detour to Remsen falls on the way. Took about 7 hours total(including detour and summit time) about 16 miles all together. I definitely think this hike gets a bad rep. Only took about an hour to get to the 3 mile remsen falls marker. For about 5 miles it is completely flat land, so I see why biking is a popular choice. the trail is fairly overgrown, so if you hike, be sure to wear pants and boots! Unfortunately, like others have said, the fire tower is pretty beat up and although the views are pretty, it isn't a spectacular summit. if you love walking through the woods it is definitely a beautiful hike though- lots ferns, plants, and wildlife. suprisingly saw a handful of other hikers on the trail, so not as abondoned as one might think.

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Wed Aug 22 2018

Beautiful trail, but seemed longer than guides said? My IPhone registered total walk as 13.4 miles round trip (and we drove the extra three miles up the gravel road which was not counted.) should’ve been ~10ish. Kinda boring although pretty. Goes on flat and straight for miles. Gets steep for the last near mile. As SOON as we reached the summit- the gunfire started. It sounded close-really close. It continued the entire time we were up there, around 20 minutes. It stopped as soon as we got down the hill about five minutes. Odd coincidence. We were planning to camp but only saw a space for a fire pit but not a designated camp site...and the gunfire was disconcerting. Great for those who love amphibians and interesting mushrooms and plants. Lots of toads, salamanders and other critters on the trail. Saw several campsites along the road. Not too busy either.

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Thu May 31 2018

Just wanted to add this here.. a little description for the added trail map with the trail highlighted in pink. MOST RECENT TRAIL MAP DESCRIPTION: the mileage after the point labeled parking is not accurate, it is 4.5 miles to the tower. but you can drive the 3 miles from mckeever lot to the area labeled "parking" in white box. the southern trail that is parallel to the pink trail and eventually connects DOES NOT EXIST ANYMORE. You can also drive most of the way to the lake lean-to. It is a 0.5 mile hike to the lean-to and there is also a second lean-to that can be looked up online for the specific location. Please do some research before heading to hike to this tower. It is a bit confusing.

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Tue May 29 2018

Just completed this hike yesterday! I would really like to clear up some unclear details of this trail and firetower hike. From May-Nov there is a road from the mckeever road that you can drive for 3 miles (past the first parking area/registration box) to the junction entrance of remsen falls and the woodhull mtn trail. Park on the left before a stop barrier that is not open but you need to hike past to reach said junction. (2015 nat geo maps are no longer accurate for this trail.) This cuts off 6 miles of the total and makes for a 9 mile hike RT. The trail was a flat wide truck trail for more than 2 miles, definitely could bike this section and maybe a bit more. The last 2 or so miles to the tower was very gradual and enjoyable. The tower was not in the greatest condition and didn't feel super safe. The tower cab is locked and cannot be accessed. There is a nice campsite at the top also! Bisby road on the opposite side of the tower is not accessible and is private with a fence a ways up the road, so no access to the tower from there. This hike took us 4hrs. We carried packs with overnight gear but didn't end up staying. Bugs were overwhelming but trail was fairly dry. I would highly recommend this hike, views from just below the cab in the tower were great! Happy hiking!!

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Sat May 05 2018

The fire tower views are nice, but as others have noted the cabin is locked and it doesn't feel terribly secure without fencing around the tower platforms. The walk to the tower is pleasant enough on a nice early summer day, but not very interesting on its own.

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Sun Aug 20 2017

You can drive back 3 miles then mountain bike 2 miles and hike the rest Great hike. Short side trip to remain falls

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Wed Jul 26 2017

Jim, can you provide a link to where you said it's closed. From what I saw on the DEC website, the firetower and trail are still open. Little Woodhull Trail is closed but I can't find anything about Woodhull Mountain trail being closed.

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Fri Jul 14 2017

July-August 2017 Issue of Adirondac (p. 35) states: "Woodhull Mt. fire tower (trail 76) is closed. DEC is assessing it's [sic] future."

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Sun Jun 11 2017

Very buggy, long, gradual ascent, firetower did not have wire fencing along outside railings, cab was locked at the top

Fri Mar 03 2017

1. The tower is locked 2. The trial is definitely 16 miles out and back not 12. Wake up AllTrails you will get someone killed out there 3. This trial is very long and very boring. First 6 miles are on just a straight flat path. 4. About a mile from the summit the trail splits. I took the left trail like Nick and quickly made it to the tower. 5. Bring skis or snowshoes unless you want to post hole for 16 miles and 8 hours like myself 6. Start early!

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Sat Jun 04 2016

Trail was very overgrown at .65 miles there is a fork in the trail, both have markers. I took the trip on the left and still made it to the tower. Not sure where the other trail goes. Overall nice challenging hike with views from the tower

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Sat Jun 04 2016

Just finished this hike two days ago. After reading several reviews on how to access this trail, it still took a bit of time to find the second trail head. I had found it at the second stop barrier sign on the dirt road. At this point I had decided to tackle Remsen Falls then proceed with Woodhull. The falls were ok but not anything spectacular to look at. The trail to Woodhull was fairly flat, much like a tractor path, until you crossed the wood foot bridge. After this point, the trail was overgrown and not well maintained. Some of the trail markers are missing which made it difficult at times to keep to the trail. Once at the fire tower, the views were far from amazing. The tower was in rough shape and locked. So no good views to be had. I guess on a good note, I can check this tower off my list.

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