Dry Brook Ridge hike June 7
Join The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development in a celebration of National Trails Day on a hike up the Dry Brook Ridge Trail on Saturday, June 7.
The fabled Dry Brook Ridge overlooks Arkville and runs from Margaretville and the East Branch of the Delaware River south over Balsam Lake Mountain to the Beaver Kill. This difficult 15-mile hike will be split into two sections, allowing participants the opportunity to join one or both legs of the journey.
Hikers will leave the Margaretville trailhead at 9 a.m. and make their way to the Mill Brook road parking area (9.6 miles). At this point hikers may depart from the group, or join the group at 2 p.m. as they continue south on the trail, and make their way to the Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower - a moderate-difficult portion.
After a stop at the tower to take in the marvelous views, hikers will continue down the ridge and end the hike at the Beaver Kill Road parking area where a vehicle will be waiting to shuttle hikers back.
The hike will be lead by staff members of The Catskill Center, all experienced hikers, trail stewards, and deeply familiar with the area. Come out for a great day of hiking, some possible light trail maintenance, and a chance to explore and appreciate a wonderful piece of the Catskills.
Bring lunch and plenty of water. No pets please. Registration is required by June 5. For more information and to register please contact Ben Murdock or Peter Manning at 586-2611.
Directions to trailhead: At the intersection of Route 28, Fair Street and Southside Road in Margaretville go south, the only way possible, on Southside Road to the top of the hill. Turn left and proceed to the trailhead. Park along the shoulder of the road near the trailhead.