Overlook Mountain from Platte Clove

A deeply lovely route through some of the Catskills’ most beautiful terrain.

Hike Length: 11.4 miles (18.35 km)

Total Ascent: 1,400ft (427m)

Intensity: Moderate Catskills Hike

Route Type: Out-and-Back

Includes: Blazed Trail, Road Walk, Stream Crossing

Parent Overlook

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Overlook Mountain from Platte Clove

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 An easy out-and-back route.

Hiking Trail Description

The deeply lovely route to Overlook Mountain from Platte Clove brings you through some of the Catskills’ most beautiful terrain.

The trail from Platte Clove is a showcase of the region’s natural beauty, characterized by its deep ravines and rich, forested areas. As you walk, you’ll encounter peaceful streams and woods, offering a quiet, natural setting that enhances the hiking experienced.

This hike, known for its length rather than its difficulty, is ideal for those who enjoy a good day’s walk in nature. The gentle inclines and well-trodden paths make it accessible for various skill levels.

The trail culminates in stunning views from the fire tower with a panoramic scene of the surrounding high peaks and, below, the Hudson Valley.

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Overlook Mountain from Platte Clove Hiking Trail

The Overlook from Platte Clove hiking trail includes…

  • Footbridge
  • Mountain streams
  • Devil’s Kitchen Lean-to
  • Some very easy trails
  • Historical ruins
  • Stunning 360° fire tower views
  • Potential for seeing timber rattlesnakes

Allow 4-5 hours for this hike.

 Warning! In warmer months, this hike includes potential exposure to rattlesnakes.

Overlook Mountain from Platte Clove Trail Notes & Gallery

This guide will provide you with all the essential information for a successful hike, from Platte Clove to Overlook Mountain, making it a fulfilling journey for every hiker looking to delve into one of the Catskills’ most scenic trails.

The trail down into Platte Clove
Start here at Platte Clove

Roadside parking, here, fills up quickly because a lot of people use the same trailhead to visit the waterfall in Platte Clove Preserve. Especially on weekends, park here early, or use the lot at the second trailhead a little farther east.

At the delightful artists’ residence, follow the sign to Overlook Trail, turning right to head toward the footbridge…

Little red house in the woods
Artists’ Residence, Platte Clove Preserve

This footbridge is so sweet…

footbridge
Platte Clove Footbridge

And there is much to explore here…

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If you have the legs and the time, I much prefer this lovely Platte Clove route over the (admittedly far shorter) classic Overlook trail which uses, to put it gently, an uneventful old woods road.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Roadside parking. You can also park at the Huckleberry Point / Kaaterskill High Peak trailhead which is very close by.

Google Maps Location: 42°08'00.5"N 74°05'09.8"W

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Mostly pretty good, as the trail is mostly along the Catskills Escarpment which faces east into the Hudson Valley. My network is Verizon. YMMV.