Buck Mountain Loop from Otter Hole

Norvin Green State Forest

View from Buck Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin View from Buck Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to several expansive viewpoints on Buck Mountain and returns along a pleasant woods road.

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From the eastern end of the parking area, at the sign “Welcome to Bloomingdale,” follow the blue-blazed Hewitt-Butler Trail, which heads north and descends to Posts Brook at Otter Hole, an attractive cascade and waterfall. Here the trail crosses the brook on large boulders. Just beyond the brook, you’ll reach a junction where the light-green-blazed Otter Hole Trail leaves to the left. Turn...

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June 26, 2016
Great Hike
Good hike, good directions. Just 2 comments....it sure seemed more than 4.1 miles ....and the one rock climb is a little tough for us octogenarians!
June 22, 2016
Lovely hike!
I enjoyed that we had the entire trail to ourselves and being that it was very well marked, I would recommend it to anyone that is not afraid of a climbing up some big rocks. You do get rewarded after climbing these rocks with magnificent views!
April 21, 2013
Views of NYC skyline
Here are some photos we took on this hike. http://www.agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2013/04/buck-mountain-loop-from-otter-hole.html We were a bit worried by the crowded parking area, but when we left Otter Hold, the crowds disappeared and we had the trail to ourselves. The trails are beginning to show signs of spring with a few wildflowers in bloom already.
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