Dry Brook Ridge Trail

Catskill Park, New York

Elevation Gain6,925ft
Trailhead Elevation2,546ft
Elevation Min/Max1378/3459ft
Elevation Start/End2546/2546ft

Dry Brook Ridge Trail

Dry Brook Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Ulster County and Delaware County, New York. It is within Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest, and Catskill Park. It is 12.6 miles long and begins at 2,546 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 25.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,925 feet. Pakatakan Mountain (elevation 2,438 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also a shelter and a spring along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Neversink - Hardenburgh Trail, Balsam Lake Mountain Trail, German Hollow (Yellow) and Huckleberry Loop.

Dry Brook Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Whenever we ask kids what features they appreciate most on a hike, “water” is what we hear time and again. And why not? It’s pretty to look at, fun to play in, and home to a great many interesting creatures. On this hike, you and the kids follow two delightful brooks, crossing over and back several times, tracking on fairly level terrain. The paradoxical name Dry Brook is actually a corruption of the words drei Brücke, which means “three bridges” in German (there were many German and Dutch settlers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley in Colonial times). Many years ago, three covered bridges crossed the brook; they are long gone without a trace. Two miles from the start is a well-constructed lean-to on the northern bank of Shandaken Brook (just inside the Catskill Park boundary). You can spend the night—or perhaps just relax—before heading back along the riverbank. For younger kids who prefer hands-on hikes to trips featuring long-distance views, this one is a winner. Don’t forget to bring whatever your youngsters need for river exploration: wading shoes, nets, jars, towels."

"Dry Brook Valley is a remote hike in the western Catskills in a firstgrowth forest. Off the beaten track, Dry Brook has experienced little change in thousands of years."

"Dry Brook Ridge falls short of qualifying as one of the High Peaks by a mere 40 feet, and that slim margin seems to be all that is keeping this from being a more popular mountain. The grades are moderate, the length is reasonable, and the views are fine. This is a very good mountain for a winter snowshoe hike, but compared to the High Peaks to the south and east it is only lightly visited. Several trailheads give access to Dry Brook Ridge, but one of the more scenic begins off of Hill Road, on the southwest side of the mountain."

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Catskill Park
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Catskill Park
USGS Margaretville; USGS Fleischmanns
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