Bri-Mar Trail: no snow; no ice; wet and slippery rocks; muddy trails; poorly marked (more)
No trouble following the trail on the way up, but on the way down, we somehow managed to detour onto a trail that led us down the wrong side of the mountain. At the bottom of the mountain we talked to a man out walking his dogs who said, "That happens all the time!"
I did this hike today with my son, who is almost four years old. The hike turned out to be much longer than we anticipated - but only because we took a wrong turn and ended up a couple miles from the Bri-Mar parking lot.
We started from the Bri-Mar trailhead, which is privately owned and maintained by the Huntress family, and graciously shared with the public. Please be sure to respect the instructions posted at the trailhead, which are reasonable and simple (no littering, daylight hours only, etc).
The trail is named after two people - Brian and Marlene Huntress, who hiked the mountain back in the 60s.
The trail begins as a mowed path through a pasture, and then dives down into the woods. My son said, "It's like going into a tunnel!" because the tree branches were thick overhead.
Right inside the woods there is a gate, which is not designed to keep hikers out, but vehicles. duck under the bar or go around it as you choose!