Hiking Dry Brook Ridge, the battle against the vegetation
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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.
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!