Local Hiking

 

As a new feature to the Catskill Ski House website, from time to time we'll be documenting our favorite local hikes in the Fleischmanns vicinity.  For those visitors not familiar with the Catskill Ski House, all directions indicated will be from the Catskill Ski House at 538 Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns, NY, about 35 miles west of Kingston, NY on rt 28.

For those of you who stay at the house and discover good trails, be sure to email us with suggestions to add in future installments!

1) Dry Brook/Seagar Trail (10 mile drive.  1.6 - 3.0 mile hike)

What’s not to adore about this trail?  This laid back trek ambles along the amicably bubbling Dry Brook (named so not because it is dry, but because it’s a bastardization of the German “Drei Bruch”, meaning “three bridges”) most the way. 
The pleasant 10 mile drive there passes not one but two covered bridges, and once on the trail, within less than a mile you come upon a small waterfall, steps later, another, and about a half mile past that, two more.  Niki likes this route especially because there’s not much elevation gain to speak of and there are lots of rocks to hang out on and gaze at the water. Colin is a fan of the many photographic opportunities along the way. 

Hiking boots or tennis shoes you don’t mind getting a little wet or muddy are suggested, because you’ll be rock hopping over some shallow waters, and some small patches of the trail spends much the year steeped in dark mud.

Driving Directions from the Catskill Ski House:

- Left out of driveway

- 1/2 mile west on Wagner Ave to Depot St

- Left on Depot St

- 0.1 mile - cross Rt 28 - stay on Depot St

- 2.4 miles up hill on gravel rd to T in road

- RT on Galli Curci Rd/Todd Mt Rd

- 2.2 miles to T in Rd

- left on Dry Brook Rd (route 7A)

- 4.2 miles to end of road (following Dry Brook), pass 2 small covered bridges (one on right one on left) to small parking lot at trail head for Seager Trail

Trail Head Sign
 











Trail Description:


The trial is petty clearly laid out. Yellow dots indicate the way where there’s any doubt at all.  
Just beyond the trail head you will see a barrier and signs posted saying no trespassing/private property. 
The local landowners have graciously allowed the state to blaze the trail, but do keep on the path to
stay in bounds.  The only spots we had even a little confusion the first time were 5 and 10 minutes into the trail. 
5 minutes in, the trail crosses a small brook – just on the other side of the water, slightly to the
left you’ll see the tree with a yellow dot indicating you should go across the water and make a left.
 




10 minutes in, to the left you’ll see a row of neatly laid out, large rocks which look like stepping stones.   
Indeed, you are meant to use them to cross the river.   The river is wider here and the yellow tag across
 the river is a little hard to see, so look for the stepping stones.
A hop, skip and a jump across the river and you turn right along the trail.
stream  crossing
If you’re an inexperienced navigator, the excellent news is that the trail follows the Dry Brook until the 1.25 mile mark –
if you should mis-step, just follow the river downstream and you’re bound to end up back at the parking area.

At 0.8 mile from the trailhead, or about 20 minutes in, the Dry Brook converges with the much smaller Flatiron Brook
and you come upon a small waterfall, complete with a 'ramp' conveniently situated to ease oneself slowly into the
frigid green pool at its base.  Good place to complete your hike, if you wish, or just hang out for a splash.
First  Falls

The trail does not follow Flatiron Brook, but continues along Dry Brook, keeping it on your left. 
Just 0.1 mile later the path crossed a man-made road with a bridge, which traverses another small waterfall. 
Dry Brook Falls

Again, the trail does not turn right (on the road) or left (across the bridge) but continues along the rocky riverbed. 

If you’re an inexperienced navigator, the excellent news is that the trail follows the Dry Brook until the 1.25 mile mark,
at which point there’s a very clear sign pointing you left across the stream, so getting lost would be pretty hard, actually.
 sign
This stream is larger than the others and may require some hopping from rock to (tippy) rock. 
A walking stick may be useful for some (we saw them at WalMart for like 15 bucks, or you can
just pick up a good, stout stick.)  In any case, the river is still shallow and if you don’t feel like
executing a balancing act, you can just decide to get your feet wet. 

From here the trail turns left across another road and goes uphill and away from the river through
some tall grass and picturesque trees.  About a quarter mile uphill the trail levels off a bit, and off to
your right you can see the Shandaken Brook (or at least hear it.)  Come off the trail down to the ravine. 
A 6 foot fall downstream looks like Gollum will be right there, flopping his fish on a rock. 
Shandaken  Brook falls
A bit upstream a 10 foot falls also punctures the ravine.

You can continue on this trail toward a lean-to, and eventually, 4.9 miles from the trail head,
Big Indian Mountain peak (at 3700 feet).   We haven’t done that yet.  Otherwise - retrace your steps
1.5 miles back to the trail head, and don't forget to sign out!


Now you can come home, pick up makings for a margarita at the small liquor store on
Main Street and kick back on the deck.  Or let someone else make it for you – have one with
some fabulous Mole sauce at the local La Cabana restaurant.  We promise it’ll satisfy after a
lovely day following Dry Brook!

Enjoy the hike!

Colin & Niki

 


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