Hiking Dry Brook Ridge, the battle against the vegetation

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The hike frequently offers stunning views on the ridge

The last weeks it looked like a weather related version of Murphy's Law had come true. Every weekend the weather was not very nice. Not today! It was great weather, and one of the longest days of the year. I chose to make a long hike and a hike that was rather far away from New York, at the far edge of the Catskill Mountains, near Margaretville

The area is called Dry Brook Ridge, and is indeed a hike following the ridge that lies between several summits. The area is quiet and full of trees. The hike follows the Huckleberry Loop and the Dry Brook Ridge Trail, starting midway the mountain. This makes it a tough hike since one starts with an ascent and also finishes with an ascent.

The remoteness of the hike was clearly visible.

The trail through the ferns
I only saw one fellow hiker and for the remainder of the hike I was all by myself. The only living creatures I saw were the abundantly present mosquitoes and, later on, a big brown creature that fled away. Given the fact that it was definitively no dog, nor a deer, and given the many bear warnings I suppose is must have been a bear.

Another clue that this trail is less popular than the other Catskill trails, was the fact that especially the southern leg was almost completely covered in vegetation. In the beginning mostly by soft ferns, but later on by sharp and prickly blackberries. At some points a machete would have been really handy in my fight against the vegetation. It slowed me down and at the end of the hike I was completely scratched en wounded.

The hike of 20 km (12 miles) took me about 6.5 hours. Tiring but nice!

More pictures below!

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The hike frequently offers stunnin…
The hike frequently offers stunni…
The trail through the ferns
The trail through the ferns
The trailhead at Hill Road
The trailhead at Hill Road
The first hundred meters into the …
The first hundred meters into the…
The first hundred meters into the …
The first hundred meters into the…
The first ferns appear and will fr…
The first ferns appear and will f…
Mushrooms in summer
Mushrooms in summer
More ferns
More ferns
The hike frequently offers stunnin…
The hike frequently offers stunni…
The hike frequently offers stunnin…
The hike frequently offers stunni…
The ferns get taller
The ferns get taller
The trail (almost invisible) throu…
The trail (almost invisible) thro…
The hike recorded by my GPS,    di…
The hike recorded by my GPS, d…
Dry Brook Ridge Trail - NY
photo by: mdalamers