Huckleberry Loop Trail just a few minutes outside of Margaretville, NY. Start at Hill Road and follow trail markers until you connect to Dry Brook Ridge Trail for a tiny bit. Then you come to Ploutz Road and go through parking area and road and continue on trail again. After a nice, steep, and long downhill you come to Huckleberry Brook Spruce Road where you make a right on the road for about .5-.7 miles until you come to another trailhead parking area and follow the trail to the right of the building and go up about .5 miles to Hill Road again where you began. There was a lot of snow on the trails and when running along the Dry Brook Ridge you get some really nice views of the valley. This is my second time doing it but first time with my Garmin. Almost did it in the same exact time both times. It can definitely be done faster, especially when the trails are dry and snow is no longer on them.
I did this same loop a couple of years ago in similar conditions. The trail was very wet, a few inches of snow up high, and the thick red prickers were brutal. I spent a bunch of time searching for the trail in spots. I thought this would be a loop I would do a few times but just never made it back there. I was just a touch fastern but as you said there is room in this time. A faster person could probably get this near 2 hours on a good day.
Wow its overgrown, is that normal or just early season? I went anti clockwise and finished covered in webs and ticks.. the second half was better but the first was clambering trees and pushing through bushes, I don't think many have been out this year.
Is there normally a trail? Its actually fairly runnable and agree close to 2 would be possible. I saw loads of yogi shit but not yogi himself but through the dense wooded sections wasn't overly happy....
Last Edit: May 9, 2015 23:16:34 GMT -5 by britrunner
Hey Gunksrunner and Britrunner! Glad to see that some other folks have done this loop! I haven't been back to run it since the Winter so I am excited to do it soon. Might be up there sometime between Sunday June 28th and Sunday July 5th and try to run it one of those days. Are you guys in the area around those dates? Let me know and maybe we can get a run in up there! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find me on FB, Joe Delano.
Wanted to bump this up, I ran this loop + an addition of portion of the Dry Brook Ridge trail for an even 19 mile loop. I think my time on the Huckleberry Loop section may have been a hair faster than britrunner's, but I also stopped for some pics/wasn't redlining it, there's definitely room for improvement.
Trail is extremely well marked, if a little bit overgrown (watch out for prickers!). I ran counterclockwise and had some beautiful sections of flowy downhill coupled with tough, technical uphills. Definitely worth a look if you're around the area!