• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    476 Feet

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At only 1.2 miles round trip you get a lot of views on this short, sweet hike in Keene, NY!

There are a few Owls Heads located within the Adirondack Park. This one is located on Owls Head Lane off Route 73 in Keene, NY.

This is a gentle ascent of 0.6 miles to the 2120 foot summit. Being such a short hike the views start early and get better each step. There are some beautiful areas of open rock.

Views of Pitchoff, Hurricane, and more can be had.

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As was announced at the beginning of the summer, all public access has ended at the end of this year's hiking "season". Efforts are underway to create a new trail that will be similar in length to the old one, but that likely won't be ready by next year (2018).

4 months ago
4 months ago

Note: The trail to the summit of Owls Head is closed to the public between 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday. Please respect the wishes of the private landowners and refrain from using this trail during that time.

5 months ago
5 months ago

This hike is short and not too challenging, but provides you with several awesome viewpoints of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. If you are a photographer, plan to bring a long zoom lens, as you will want to zero in on some small spots in the surrounding mountains.

5 months ago
5 months ago

I've hiked owls head so many times I've lost count. It is such a short and easy hike with a rewarding view for its height. It's so easy to hike this mountain when you have a free hour or two, because it's so close to Keene. It was my first mountain, and is a great mountain for little kids learning to hike. There is also a cliff near the summit used for climbing, and Though I have never climbed it I am planning on it!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Rebecca Nichols Explorer

I hike to push my limits both mentally and physically, take in the beauty of the great outdoors, and just to get away from it all. Every chance I get you will find me in the mountains, on a kayak or ending my day by the campfire!

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