|Distance: 9.34 miles round trip from DEC parking lot to Fire Town on Overlook Mtn Peak to Echo Lake and back to the parking lot. This hike can be reduced to 4.82 miles by skipping Echo Lake and the Ledges. 5.00 miles if you include the ledges and skip Echo Lake.|
|Time: Average 7.0 hours round trip|
|Elevation Gain: 1,378’ feet from parking lot to Overlook Mtn Peak – then Descend 1,076 feet to Echo Lake.|
|Best Time to Hike: Anytime.|
|VO Map Trails: 50, 25, 51|
|Catskill Highest: #70|
|Peak Elevation: 3,140′|
|Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite|
|Attractions: Beautiful views from Fire Tower.|
|Attractions: Easy hike up groomed road to fire tower.|
|Attractions: Pretty view from Echo Lake.|
|Unattractions: Hundreds of Timber Rattlesnakes from Hotel ruins to Fire Tower.|
|Unattractions: 2,454′ of climbing.|
|Unattractions: Lots of hikers.|
|Dangers: Timber Rattlesnakes!|
|Common Animals: Rattlesnakes, black bears, Coyotes, chipmunks, birds.|
|Risky Animals: Rattlesnakes (Very High), Bears (Moderate), Mountain Lions (none known)|
|Access Methods: Foot and snowshoe. Very good snowshoe trail. Good cross-country ski trail.|
We did not see any Rattlesnakes, however we still did receive Snake Medicine: two Grass Snakes crossed us on the hike up to the Fire Tower.
Caterpillar Medicine also was of high volume: 11 Wooly Bears were on the paths, which only means one thing: one heck of a snowy Winter to come!
We only made it to the Fire Tower, so next time we will have to do the whole trek, however, it was a blessed day of meditation, reflection, and discovery!