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Eagle Mountain

Eagle Mountain
 
 

OVERVIEW

  Distance: 8.18 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: Gain of 1,676 feet from the DEC Parking Lot to the summit of Eagle Mountain.
  Best Time to Hike: Anytime.
  Difficulty: Moderate
  Catskill Highest: #27
   
  Eagle - USGS Peak Elevation: 3,602' (USGS)
  USGS Eagle Summit: 42.062035, -74.50932 (DEC-WGS84)
  USGS Eagle Summit: N 42 03.722, W 74 30.559 (GPS)
  USGS Eagle Summit: 18N 540598 4656780 (UTM)
  USGS Eagle Summit: N42 03 43, W74 30 33 (Degree, Min, Sec)
   
  USGS Official Map: Seager Topographical Map (free)
  USGS Official Map: Shandaken Topographical Map (free)
   
  DEC Information: Big Indian Wilderness Information
  DEC Trail Map: Big Indian Wilderness Trail Map
  DEC Interactive Map: DEC Interactive Map
   
  Acme Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
  Attractions: Nice hike in the Winter
  Attractions: Very remote and rarely hiked mountain
  Attractions: Large population of butterflies in mid-summer
  Unattractions: Many stream crossings
  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.
  Access Methods: Foot and snowshoe
 

Maps

Eagle Mountain GPS map
Eagle Mountain GPS map

 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAIL HEAD

 
  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: 42.05785, -74.539267 (DEC-WGS84) - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet
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  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: N42 03.471 W74 32.356 (GPS) - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet
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  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: 18N 538122, 4656302 (UTM) - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet
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  • GPS Coordinates to DEC Parking Lot: N42 03 28, W74 32 21 (Degree, Min, Sec) - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet
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  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston).
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  • Take a right out of the NYS Thruway toll booths onto Rt 28.
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  • Go approximately 30.4 miles west on Rt 28
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  • Take a left onto Rt 49A at Highmount (Belleayre Ski Center)
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  • Go apprximately 5.5 miles on Rt 49A to the end of the road.
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  • Take a LEFT onto Dry Brook Road
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  • The DEC Parking lot is at the very end of Dry Brook Road


  • SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ABOUT THIS HIKE

     PLEASE NOTE: For the first 2.1 miles, you are on PRIVATE PROPERTY! - PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL!

    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.


    MILEAGE CHART

      Mile PointAltitudeNotes
      0.001,938 DEC Parking Area and Trailhead
    For the first 2.1 miles you are on Private Property - Stay on the trail!
      0.902,252 After crossing the brook, the trail leaves the road. It takes a 90 degree LEFT and goes up the hill
    NOTE: VERY EASY TO MISS! - WGS84: 42.047267, -74.525033
      2.102,135' DEC LeanTo
      2.382,135' Trail Junction - Take LEFT - There is a rock at the trail junction.
      4.043,608' Take a LEFT - and walk up to the summit
      4.093,613 Summit of Eagle Mountain - hard to tell that you are on the summit.
      8.182,055 Return back to Seager DEC Parking Lot on Dry Brook Road.

    Hike to Eagle Mountain

    parking lot on dry brook road in Seager for Eagle Mountain in the catskill mountains
    This a picture of the DEC parking lot at the very end of Dry Brook Road. The DEC registration box is right at the beginning of the trail. There is a red gate about 100' past DEC registration box. Here are the coordinates for the DEC parking area in Seager at the end of Dry Brook Road: GPS: N42 03.471 W74 32.356 - WGS84: 42.05785, -74.539267 - UTM: 538122, 4656302 - Elevation is approximately 1,938 feet.

    NOTE: The land around the parking area and the 2 miles of the hike is on private land. So, stay on the trail.

    There is a DEC sign showing the mileage to distance locations. It is located right by the DEC parking area.
    beginning of trail to Eagle Mountain
    beginning the trail to Eagle Mountain from seager
    The dirt road leads up to the Dry Brook stream. You will not walk very far until you hit the stream. The trail was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011. The trail continues up the RIGHT side of the stream.

    The picture on the right shows the a nice looking small cascade. Some people do stop and swim here. But, usually the water is very cold. It is not the biggest swimming hole.
    small cascade on dry brook stream on the way to the summit of Eagle Mountain
    stream crossing just before the side trail up to Eagle Mountain
    Just before you leave the trail/road along Dry Brook Stream, you have to cross the Dry Brook stream. This stream can only be crossed at low water. At high water, this stream will be raging and unsafe to cross.

    About 100' after crossing the Dry Brook stream, there is a sign on the right side of the road. If you look to the left, you will see the trail to Eagle and Big Indian Mountains. It is VERY EASY to miss this side trail. It is 0.90 miles after the DEC parking lot. WGS84: 42.047267, -74.525033.
    side trail to Eagle Mountain
    Lean-to before it start climbing up to the col between Eagle Mountain and Big Indian Mountain
    This is the DEC Lean-to on the way to the Col between Eagle Mountain and Big Indian Mountain. There is a very good water source by the Lean-To. It is a pipe that drains into the brook. It continued to flow well during the drought of 2012. There are lots of stinging nettles around the Lean-to. The Lean-to is approximately 2.1 miles from the DEC parking lot in Seager.

    trail to Eagle Mountain
    This is what the trail looks like during the first two miles. After the Lean-To it will start to climb up at a moderate rate. Once you get to the Col, the trail levels off again. Once you get to the Col, you want to take a LEFT to go to Eagle Mountain. Right would take you to Big Indian Mountain and finally to Biscuit Brook Parking Area.

    This is what the trail looks like from the Col to Eagle Mountain. It has a little more conifers along the trail. The nettles will disappear along this route. There are a few small little climbs up on some rocks, but fairly easy hiking compared to other hikes in the Catskill Mountains. About 1.06 miles, there is a side trail on the left. Take this side trail to the summit of Eagle. This side trail is about 250' from the trail.
    trail to Eagle Mountain
    Eagle Mountain
    This is the summit of Eagle Mountain. The summit is very flat so it can be hard to tell that you are on the summit. Once you get done, reverse your hike back to the Seager Parking Area on Dry Brook Road.

    LINKS & REFERENCES

    NYS DEC information on Big Indian Wilderness
    DEC Big Indian Wilderness Map
    USGS Topographical Maps of Seager Quadrangle
    USGS Topographical Maps of Shandaken Quadrangle
     


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