The trail climbs moderately northwest along the very lowest slopes of Fir Mountain's southern shoulder before turning sharply back to the northeast after about 1 mile.
Once back on the official trail I made pretty good time. As the afternoon wore on, dark clouds began to roll in, blocking out any daylight from reaching the forest floor and although it was only 4pm it felt like it was closer to 8 in the dark, eerie woods.
After arriving back at the car, sweaty, hot, dirty and stinky, I decided to take the short foot path south of the parking area that leads down to the West Branch of the Neversink River. This made the perfect spot to cool off and clean up.