Once entering the open fields, there are dramatic views to the of the Greylock Massif. Looking closely, you can spot snow far atop Mount Williams summit area.
Monday, November 30, 2015
With skies clearing out on a relatively cool late November day, I set out for a small hike at Linear Park in Williamstown, located in the northern Berkshires. The park and trails were constructed for the town of Williamstown's 250th anniversary back in 2003. Finding the park can be a bit tricky however, as it is found at the end of a small unmarked dirt road on the north side of Route 2. The actual road entrance is found directly next to the Greylock Insurance Agency. Take this road(which almost looks like a driveway) to the end, where a small parking lot and tennis courts are found. The trails begin just past the kiosk to the right of the courts.
Located just to the east and high above the town of Manchester along the Long Trail/ Appalachian Trail is 2,040 foot Spruce Peak and its unique cabin style shelter. The trail head is found by taking exit 4 off of Route 7 and following Rout 11/30 east for 4.3 miles to the large parking lot located on the left(north side of the road). To access the Long Trail south from here, you must cross busy route 11/30. This is a high traffic area, with vehicles traveling in excess of 50 mph so please take care in crossing the road.
Just prior to reaching the summit, you will pass by a substantial rock wall.
The front view of the shelter.
Just down the trail is a privy with these instructions. :-)
After enjoying the cabin for a little while, I turned back, retracing my steps north 2.8 miles to the car. There is another substantial view from a power line clearing. Route 11/30 can easily be seen winding along.
Arrived back at the car after completing 5.6 miles RT on this cloudy, cool last day of November.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Deep in the rugged hills of northwest Connecticut, just east of the New York state line and just north of route 341 lies 2300 acre Macedonia Brook State Park, with many miles of trails available as well as multiple picnic areas along the brook. I arrived at the trail head, which is found 1.5 miles north of Route 341 in a small parking lot on the left immediately after crossing Macedonia Brook, at about 11am. The sun was shining bright with calm winds. This was going to be a good day!
A panorama to the south and west from a summit ledge.
The descent starts gradually but begins getting steeper.
The blue marked trail soon heads steeply down to paved Chippewala Road and crosses it to the north where the trail widens to a very wide old road, lined with stone walls. Follow this for a short distance towards another road crossing at gravel Weber Road near Hilltop Pond.
First view point of the day is a fine one south over the valley.
There have been some cold nights recently as indicated by patches of ice in shaded areas.
The trail emerges at Appalachian Road, an old woods road, which climbs steadily to the east before re entering the woods.
This hike really took me by surprise and was much more strenuous than I expected. Hiked 6.4 miles RT over 4 peaks with many steep ups and downs on a carpet of leaves. Can't complain about the fantastic November weather we have been blessed with.