West Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This short but sometimes steep climb leads to the highest of several peaks on West Mountain, which offers two fine views of the surrounding New York farmland. At the trailhead, a large oak tree on the opposite side of the road from the direction you will be hiking bears a white A.T. blaze and is known locally as the Dover Oak. At more than 100 feet tall, with a girth of more than 20 feet, the tree is believed to be the largest on the A.T.
From County Road 20, follow the A.T. south. In 0.25 mile, pass through a gap in an old rock wall and begin climbing the eastern slope of West Mountain. At mile 0.7, pass the 0.1-mile side trail to the Telephone Pioneers Shelter. Continue on the A.T. 0.2 mile to a short side trail to a nice view from a rock ledge. Hike another 0.1 mile south on the A.T. and reach the summit of West Mountain (elevation 1,225'), where you’ll be rewarded with a fine view to the north of rural New York. The return hike is north on the A.T. back down to the trailhead on CR 20."