Halloween Hike: Overlook Mountain and Echo Lake

Leader: Sharon Klein
October 31, 2020

On Saturday, Oct 31, Halloween, 8 hearty hikers came out for the first snow of the season to hike up Overlook Mountain, to the ruins of an old Gilded Age hotel, fire tower, and onto Echo Lake and back for a total of 9.75 miles. Lead by Sharon Klein the group made the steep climb up the mountain to the fire tower to be met with a magical winter wonderland of snow capped Catskill peaks and valleys. After a snack and a climb up the tower, we continued hiking north to Echo Lake, which sits on a spur trail midway between Overlook and the beginning of the Devil’s Path. The tranquility of the lake felt like deep, pristine wilderness, as most hikers only come out this far in the warmer seasons. Coming back through the Overlook junction and down the mountain it was a different story. The full moon and Halloween brought crowds of hikers to the mountain for a view of the haunted hotel and other festivities, as the weather was warming up.