Hiking: Brock Mountain | Catskill Mountains | 4/30/2009

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
I've spent most of my life in the Catskills, but I've never had a chance to make it as far southwest as the Campbell Mountain Trail over Brock Mountain before. The trail is located in the Cherry Ridge - Campbell Mountain Wild Forest and is near Roscoe, but just over the border and in Delaware County. Considering we've got a place in the Catskills and it took us over 2 hours to get there, this place is a bit out of the way for anyone who lives in the Hudson Valley or the Catskill area. If you're living out west, it might not be so bad.

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
It's not far off of Route 17 and the trailhead is along Route 206 just below the height of land. The trails themselves don't seem to be used very much and that's one reason we were out there, to do some trail maintenance since there had been several blowdowns over the winter and the weeds were growing in.

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
I can't say that the trail up Brock Mountain though is all that exciting. The trail, which doubles as a snowmobile trail in the winter makes a fairly steady ascent up the side of Brock Mountain along an old road and reaches its first summit fairly quickly.

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
There are a few steeper sections, but nothing all that bad.

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
All in all, it was just a nice walk to the first summit, which was kind of cool because it was actually home to a fairly large quarry. Apparently all the good rock was close to the top of the mountain because this small secondary summit has almost been completely quarried out.

Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
Brock Mountain Hike/Trail Maintenance
The rest of the walk to the true summit was much the same. You have a bit of a dip from the first summit to the main summit and then the trail climbs up and skirts just past the summit area.

There really weren't any leaves on the trees so you had a bit of view through the trees, but there are no vistas or viewpoints to speak of. This is one of those hikes in the woods pretty much.

That was the limit of our trail work for the day. Not sure I'd go back just to go up Brock Mountain again, but maybe to string together some of the trails in the area to make an overnight trip. There are a couple of leantos in the area and it looks like you could do at least a two day trip without too much effort. It's just a bit of a haul for me from our place in the Catskills, so I'd probably stick to something further east so it's easier to get to.



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