Overview of this Hike:
|Distance: 8.98 miles round trip from the DEC Parking Lot in Seager on Dry Brook Road.|
|Time: Average 5.75 hours round trip in the Summer|
|Elevation Gain: 1,676’ feet from the DEC Parking Lot and the summit.|
|Best Time to Hike: Anytime at low water - cannot be done at high water. |
|VO Map No: 68 & 44|
|Catskill Highest: #27|
|Eagle - USGS Peak Elevation: 3,602' (USGS)|
|Eagle - USGS Peak GPS: 42.0620352,-74.5093200|
|Digital Mapper: Topo
|Attractions: Nice hike in the Winter|
|Attractions: Very remote and rarely hiked mountains|
|Attractions: Large population of butterflies in mid-summer|
|Unattractions: Many stream crossings|
|Unattractions: Trail is poorly maintained.|
|Unattractions: Significant nettles during the middle of the Summer|
|Unattractions: Absolutely no views|
|Dangers: Falling into stream during Winter - high risk during high water conditions.|
|Common Animals: Butterflies, deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, bears, Great-Horned Owls, mice, voles, rabbits, etc.|
Rattlesnakes (none known),
|Access Methods: Foot and snowshoe|
Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):
|GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: GPS: N42 03.471 W74 32.356 - WGS84: 42.05785, -74.539267 - UTM: 538122, 4656302 - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet|
|Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston).|
|Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28.|
|Go approximately 30.4 miles west on Rt 28|
|Take a left onto Rt 49A at Highmount (Belleayre Ski Center)|
|Go apprximately 5.5 miles on Rt 49A to the end of the road.|
|Take a LEFT onto Dry Brook Road|
|The DEC Parking lot is at the very end of Dry Brook Road - GPS: N42 03.471 W74 32.356 - WGS84: 42.05785, -74.539267 - UTM: 538122, 4656302|
Notes about this Hike
|The hike to Eagle Mountain is in Ulster county. The hike can be done in a number of different directions. It can be accessed from Rider Hollow Road, Dry Brook Road (Seager) (easiest to get lost), McKinley Hollow Road (most vertical), and Biscuit Brook (longest). There are pros and cons to each direction depending upon the time of year. The trail to Eagle Mountain is poorly maintained, so some people like to hike it in the Winter with Snowshoes. The hike is moderate in ability. In the summer the numerous stream crossings are fun, but in the Winter they are a concern. This hike has one of the most plentiful wildlife sections of the Catskill Mountains. Many of the species of animals were killed off in the 1800's. Many have not recovered. But, this section has recovered fairly well. We saw plenty of black bear scat.|
Hiking it from Dry Brook Road can be difficult. It is easy to get lost on the Dry Brook Road route because of the trails and roads that shoot off the trail. The path from McKinley Hollow Road has the most amount of vertical. It has another 400 vertical foot climb then the other two routes. The path is steeper and more difficult. If you want a challenge, then this route might be better. It has almost the same mileage. The route from Biscuit Brook is the longest by far. It is approximately 13-14 miles round trip.
When you start out from the DEC parking lot at the very end of Dry Brook Road, the walk is fairly flat. You will be walking next to the creek, and will cross it a number of times. Because of Hurricane Irene in 2011, parts of the trail were washed away, so there have been a few changes. You need to pay attention for the first 1-1/4 miles.
After you cross the Dry Brook Stream, you need to look for a sign on the right side of the trail. When you see the sign, there will be a trail on the LEFT side of the road. You want to take this trail. If you continue up the road, you will get lost. People do get lost here often, so pay attention to the mileage if you have a GPS.
When you leave the road and start walking up the trail, the incline will increase slightly. Almost a mile later, you will come to the Lean-to. There is a small stream by the Lean-to. This small stream has a ravine about 5-10' deep. There is a pipe that empties into the small stream. It is a very good water source. During the drought of 2012, it continued to flow well. Even after the stream completely dried up.
After the Lean-To, the incline increases to a moderate level to the col. Once at the col, you will take a LEFT to Eagle Mountain. The hike up to Eagle is pretty easy. A couple small little climbs, but nothing difficult.
When you approach the summit of Eagle Mountain, you will have to take an unmarked trail on the right to the summit of Eagle Mountain. The summit is about 250 feet off the marked trail. Again, there is NO views. The summit isn't obvious, but you will see a small clearing. When you get done, reverse your course back to the car.
|0.00||1,938’|| Seager DEC Parking Lot on Dry Brook Road - GPS: N42 03.471 W74 32.356 - WGS84: 42.05785, -74.539267 - UTM: 538122, 4656302
|1.30||2,252’|| After crossing the brook, the trail leaves the road. It takes a 90 degree LEFT and goes up the hill - VERY EASY TO MISS! - GPS: N42 02.836 W74 31.502 - WGS84: 42.047267, -74.525033 - UTM: 539307, 4655133.
|3.38||2,135'|| Trail Junction - Take LEFT - There is a rock at the trail junction.
|4.44||3,608'|| Take a LEFT - and walk up to the summit
|4.49||3,613’|| Summit of Eagle Mountain - hard to tell that you are on the summit.
|8.98||2,055’|| Return back to Seager DEC Parking Lot on Dry Brook Road.