Bright, sunny skies greeted me as I signed in at the trail register and continued on my way.
The trail follows the jeep road and although you are climbing almost 800 feet in just over 2 miles, elevation gain is barely noticeable along this part of the trail. Soon, I had to contend with very icy conditions in spots.
As was the case earlier, the trail traded dry spots for icy conditions almost the entire way. As I continued the ascent up the mountain, sunny skies quickly disappeared and were replaced by clouds and even a few sprinkles.
The descent off the mountain was quiet and uneventful under overcast skies.
The hike had worked up my appetite so I drove a few miles west along Mill Brook Road and stopped at the pull off for Mill Brook Lean To for my lunch break.
What a fantastic day in the Great Western Catskills.