This loop features pleasant hiking through the woods coupled with great views from the summit of Bramley Mountain. The complete loop visits the 2817 ft. summit of Bramley Mountain which is the site of a former fire tower, passes an abandoned bluestone quarry, and explores the impressive cliffs and caves along the way.
The trailhead is located on Glen Bernie Road in Delhi, 0.7 miles from the intersection with County Rt 18, or 3.3 miles from the intersection with State Rt. 28.
The Bramley Mountain Loop is the fifth addition to the route options in the Catskills designed and built by the Catskill Mountain Club. It is located on a NYC DEP parcel in the Towns of Delhi and Bovina, and the loop totals about 4 miles in length.
The hike starts on the Quarry Trail
, heading about 0.9 miles up to the abandoned bluestone quarry. The hike to the quarry is on a woods road with little elevation gain, making for easy hiking. After the quarry, the trail continues as a foot path designed to gradually ascend about 1.2 miles through mixed hardwoods while passing stone walls and many impressive rock outcroppings and cliffs, some with caves.
Once you reach the summit, you'll continue on the Summit Trail
, with its views to the west and to the southern high peaks, Mount Pisgah and the mountains of the western Pepacton Range that are traversed by the Finger Lakes Trail.
Although you can hike this loop in either direction, it is recommended to hike the Quarry Trail
to the top and descend on the Summit Trail
to get the best views of all the sights this trail has to offer.
For more information, visit catskillmountainclub.org