Return to Overlook Mountain, NY


The Catskill Mountains… one of my favorite places to hike. Back in January I headed out to Woodstock, NY with a couple friends to hike Overlook Mountain. We

Overlook Hotel Ruins in January fog
Overlook Hotel Ruins in January fog

had heard of the old hotel ruins near the top and wanted to check them out. Being that is was January it was a little cold, kind of icy and very, very foggy. The cold and ice we had prepared for with layers and microspikes and the fog made discovering the ruins one of my favorite memories so far this year. The skeleton of the old hotel slowly peeking through the fog made for an eerie, yet beautiful sight! However, there wasn’t much to see from the fire tower or the overlook due to that fog. The cold temperatures did make for some very interesting ice crystals that were growing sideways on all the tree branches and fire tower structure.

Fast forward to October, the three of us once again made the trek out to Woodstock, NY. The mountain is a completely different place, the ice and fog were replaced with blue skies and red, yellow and orange foliage. The

The old ruins have a much different feel in the Autumn colors.
The old ruins have a much different feel in the Autumn colors.

structure of the old hotel almost hidden by the trees that have taken up residence there as they begin to shut down for the approaching winter. This time the views from the fire tower were spectacular, what an awesome 360 degree view of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley. The overlook lived up to it’s name… although, the view from the tower is much nicer I believe.

To get a better idea of the experience, check out the video:

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