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Overlook Mountain and Echo Lake

A phenemonal day hike or overnight trip to a historic fire tower and serene lake.

Hiking Difficult

14 km
709 m
709 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
537 m
High Point
956 m
Overlook Mountain and Echo Lake Map

This hike has a little to offer to everyone. At 5 miles round trip, you can enjoy the beautiful views and rich history atop Overlook Mountain. For a longer hike, opt to continue to Echo Lake, where you'll be welcomed by resident beavers plus beautiful overnight camping spots and a lean-to shelter.


This hike begins at the trailhead along Meads Mountain Road, across from the Buddhist Temple. Hikethehudsonvalley.com says it "...looks like it was ripped off a Tibetan mountainside and plunked down here in Woodstock."

According to a press release in early 2018, an additional trailhead was completed nearby and serves as overflow due to the popularity of the area. A new trail now connects the two lots and offers two additional overnight camping options.

This route predominately follows an old two-track, which leads to the remnants of a hotel and ranger station on Overlook Mountain. Explore the rich history trapped in the ruins and climb the fire tower for a spectacular vantage point of the Hudson Valley and surrounding Catskills.

For an added bonus, a spur trail leads to an exposed overlook and doubles as an excellent opportunity to relax and enjoy the view. Many hikers turn around at the fire tower, unaware of this hidden gem.

From here, you could either retrace your steps to the parking lot or continue onto Echo Lake. Nestled along the southern base of Plattekill Mountain, you will find the lean-to shelter and additional primitive sites allowing for plenty of overnight opportunities. In the summer, this area is quite popular, so get there early to reserve the best spot. Fire rings can also be found, and the resident beavers have been known to leave plenty of kindling in their wake.

Sources: https://www.nynjtc.org/destination/echo-lake#dialog-destination-overview https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/new-trails-parking-area-open-on-overlook-mountain-in-woodstock/articlee903165c-afe6-565d-84ad-4e1b5742abc4.html https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/overlook-mountain/



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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