Ascent of Dry Brook Ridge on 2009-07-08

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dry Brook Ridge
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3460 ft / 1054 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hello to all,

I'm starting this tonight because the wife and babies are not yet home it is 9:30PM. I will finish it another time. Usually when I start something like this invariably there is an interruption and this time it is expected. I'll also wait until the pictures are compiled and send them at the same time.
Since I have not hiked in May and June of '09 (last hike was April 13th) I was thinking of something that was fairly significant, distance wise. I also wanted to finish my walk around the world in some kind of style rather than pound the same roads that I walk here at home each day.
I was up at 5:30AM and on the road by 5:45, bank, coffee and bagel, gas in that order got me on the highway around 6:30. I planned to do the Huckleberry Loop trail just East of Pepacton Reservoir and South of Margaretville. I located the road that the trail was to start from using my trail map and then traveled into Margaretville to pick up something to eat for lunch and to answer natures call. That being done I arrived back at the trailhead at 9:15AM.
I took my time getting ready and left the car at 9:40 to head down to the trail register
and to cross Huckleberry Brook on a foot bridge that marked the trails beginning. The car was about .2 miles from the start of the trail.
The trail started with a steep rise in elevation from 1500ft to 2500ft. Once the elevation was achieved the trail continued along a low ridge that included elevations from 2400ft to 2700ft, reaching about 2725ft at least three separate times during the 4.4 mile hike to a junction on Ploutz Road. After a stream crossing and a long downhill I reached the road at 12:31PM at an elevation of 2500ft. - (Families Home/Break)

Wildlife on this hike: During the trip I've seen 2 turkeys and 4 deer on the trail I came across my first snake and 3 red effs.
After leaving Ploutz Road the trail went steadily up. At 3433ft, at 1:35 I reached the junction joining the Dry Brook Ridge Trail. At this point, and for the last part of the climb I was feeling pretty tired and my hips and legs were not doing well, 5.5 miles with nothing but short drink breaks and photo ops. I was looking forward to one of the lookouts for lunch and a sitdown. At 2:03 I reached the first lookout, there were a few raindrops, but I was overdue for a break. Lunch was a pastrami hoagie from the grocery store (mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion) it had been packed to travel. Usually I carry nothing but trail mix but with a tooth giving me some cause for concern and knowing I was doing 10 miles I opted for better eatins'.
From my location I could see the Eastern end of the Pepacton Reservoir and I could see that it was starting to rain down there. The GPS reads 4.0 miles and was at 3515ft when I sat down. Now it's down to 3433 again. I'm getting a bit chilled so at 2:23 I'm starting up again, and wearing my jacket which I had shed near the beginning of the hike.
At 3:18 at 3100ft I reach the Junction leaving the Ridge trail and returning to the Huckleberry Loop 7.9 miles covered so far. The two mile trail down is much easier than the trail I took up. (less water flowing, less rocks and trees to negotiate) Below 2600ft I am walking primarily through a mature Pine forest. On the way up I was mostly in Desiduous trees with an abundance of Cherry and some large Ash, I did do about a 1/4 mile in a Conifer Grove mostly Fir and Hemlock. There were a significant number of very large dead trees but I was not able to identify them, the trunks looked a lot like White Oak or Maple but the few leaves I found did not appear to be those species.
At 4:45 I am back to the starting point after 7 hours and 5 minutes, 10.6 miles. My GPS only reads 6.4 miles. Since I have to re-trace my route back up the hill to the car I am going to add .1 miles to this hike total. I'll record it as 10.7. The starting elevation was 1500ft and we topped out at just shy of 3500ft . At least it didn't downpour on me, this was one soggy hike.
I've decided to get some cookies for the trip home so back to the grocery I go.
Walked into the house at 7:44, I expected to be home at closer to 8:30.

I finished this about 11:30PM on July 8th.
It is now 12:35 on July 9th.
I'm sending it out with pictures to follow because the next few days are busy and I will probably not get back to it until after the weekend.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2000 ft / 609 m
    Trailhead:1460 ft / 445 m
Descent Statistics

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