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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  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 476 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Owls head Trail now totally closed

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).


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.

Classic High Peaks Region Views

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.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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