Once you cross the stream, you will face a short ascend, ending with a green-marked trail merging with the blue one. Follow and green and blue markers onto a long and steady descend. Watch out for the trail leaving the woods road and turning slightly left. In a few minutes, you will come across a yellow trail, which joins yours for a few feet. There is a small parking lot at Greenwild Road about a mile south from where you park. From there, you could have taken the yellow trail and later connect here. This is a possible alternate route if you weren't able to cross the stream.
Follow the green and blue markers through a potentially wet terrain, until you cross another stream. You are standing near a place where two streams merge, and see that the blue trail is leaving uphill to the left. Take that trail and start climbing. The first part is easy, and soon comes to an end, when the trail levels out in a relatively open terrain. Soon, however, the trail turns slightly right to face the hill. From here, you are up to a long and strenuous climb.
Follow the relatively well-defined trail uphill. As the surface starts to change from gravel and dead leaves to tall grass, you will come across a few boulders that offer good resting places. As you reach what appears to be the top (one of several false summits you'll encounter), the trail levels out and turns right. Follow the trail, which soon starts to descend into a small gully. Just before the descend, you may want to climb on the rock left from you for a nice scenic view. After you descend to the gully, the trail starts to climb again, but not as steeply as before. The terrain changes again, and grass will be replaced by sand-like gravel and thick undergrowth on both sides. The trail may turn into a small stream after heavy rains.
Soon, you will reach another false summit, this time represented by a huge flat rock, facing south. This place offers a very good view south, but for some reason did not manage to keep me interested for long. Get beck on the trail and climb a little more. In a few minutes, you will come to the real summit, marked by the end of the blue trail. This summit is also a large flat rock, but now it offers some awesome view to the west and north. Unlike the previous place, this one offers some protection from wind, and is a great spot to sit down and relax for a while, before starting a very nasty descend.
Once you rested, leave the summit to the east, following the yellow markers, which the sun bleached to near white. After a short walk through a forest with thick undergrowth, you will come to another open area, with a good view to the south, and hints of a view to the east. The trail here descends abruptly, in a series of several big steps. You will need to sit down and slide a little here. Soon, you will start to traverse down the hillside. The trail turns sharply left, and you will come across the best eastwards view on this hike. You will be able to see as far as Manhattan. The trail takes a sharp turn to the right and goes around a huge stone wall. In the next 20 minutes, you will make several more such turns, crossing large rock fields and finding your way around stone walls. This is a relatively open area, and the trail is very indistinct, so do your best to spot the yellow markers, which are very sparse here. However, you should get the general direction - downhill, hugging the slope - right.
You will know you are done with the descend when you cross a small brook and the trail levels out. After a few minutes, you will come to a fence, and the trail turns right, following the fence. After a few more minutes, a white-marked trail crosses the yellow one. Here, turn right and follow the white trail. This is basically a wide woods road, whose surface slowly changes from gravel to a relatively wet and marshy grass-covered dirt. Soon, it opens up to a larger area, and you will find yourself standing at the bottom of a small waterfall. This waterfall can be pretty impressive after some rains, and is the sole reason why you may want to risk a bath to get here. You can rest here for a while, before returning to your hike.
The white trail crosses the stream right after the waterfall and starts to climb again. Soon, it levels out and follows the stream, which is now on your right. After a few minutes, it merges with the blue trail, and the place where you originally turned uphill. Follow the long ascend of the blue trail to your car.
© Jozef Purdes, 2001-2003