On a recent cold, clear February afternoon I spent a few hours exploring here and saw nary a sign of another person. There are several ways to access the forest but I like the approach from Cambridge Village out thru Ashgrove. The road twines with sparkling White Creek as it heads up valley. Just past the intersection with McKie Hollow Road you get your first look at Goose Egg Ridge, a striking wooded prow rising almost 1000 feet above the level of the stream. The road eventually crosses into Vermont and dead ends in Black Hole Hollow. I believe this is where the gravitational waves that have physicists in such a tizzy originate. Einstein would love it here.
Turning south, you're looking down the length of the ridge. It's only a mile or so long and with all its eggs in a row there's a summit and dip pattern resembling a gentle roller coaster. You could think of the ridge as a canoe turned upside down, albeit one that has seen too much whitewater. Walk down the keel towards the narrowing bow at the far end. Don't go off either side or you'll tumblehome.
There are low ledges exhibiting the typical, intensely folded pattern of Taconic rock. To the west is Snake Ridge, a little lower in elevation, and to the east are the higher peaks of Equinox, Red and Grass Mountains. The maple-ash-oak forest is pleasant if unspectacular. Surprisingly, when ecologist Neil Pederson cored some of these trees he found individuals in the 200 to 300 year old range. They qualify as old growth, protected from logging by their inaccessibility.
Grass Mountain from Goose Egg Ridge