Platte Clove to Overlook Mountain via Codfish Point and...

Catskill Park

View of Plattekill Falls - Catskill Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff View of Plattekill Falls - Catskill Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff

Visit a 70-foot waterfall then follow historic Old Overlook Road as it ascends gradually past abandoned bluestone quarries to Codfish Point with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley.  Descend to Echo Lake then continue on to the Overlook Mountain House ruins via a less traveled route before the final ascent to Overlook Mountain Fire Tower looming over the Hudson Valley.

42.133827, -74.081967

This hike can be done several ways – a 4.5-mile out-and-back to Codfish Point, an 8.8-mile out-and-back to Echo Lake, a 13-mile out-and-back to Overlook Mountain, a 10-mile shuttle hike by spotting a car at Meads Mountain Road (42.071036, -74.122464), or make an overnighter out of it with the availability of two shelters and campsites along the way.

From the parking lot, walk out...

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August 31, 2015
nice thru-hike late August
<p>did this as a thru-hike from platte clove to meads mountain road. we skipped the waterfall at the start, having done that before. very hazy at codfish point but it's spectacular anyway. Echo lake is the highlight, we circumnavigated the lake with spectacular views all around. lots of descructive beaver activity with the sawkill exit dammed and 5' extra flooding the lake area.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.1599998474121px;">spent an extra hour exploring the side trails around overlook and there are some spectacular vistas to be found in addition to the fire tower. found a rattler right next to the DEC building at the top ... there's a den up here i'm told and so snakes won't be uncommon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.1599998474121px;">had no problems with following the trail, directions and descrition. be prepared for incline trails over loose tailings, although the trails are packed dirt and easy going for much of the route. we took 4.5 hours, and the GPS was shy of 10 miles...</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.1599998474121px;"><br></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12.1599998474121px;">good times!</span></p>
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