My second stop for the day was the Nature Conservancy's Coon Mountain Preserve. This 318-acre preserve is located in the Town of Westport in the Champlain Valley and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was the only car there when I arrived. To find the trail, I took exit 31 off the northway to the tiny village of Wadhams and then went east on backroads to gravel Halds Road, where a parking lot is found on the left(north) side of the road. A small kiosk and preserve sign mark the beginning of the trail.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Decided to hike the popular 2180 foot Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in an area of the Adirondacks I am not all too familiar with. Found off Route 9 between exits 32-33 off the northway, the stunning rock cliffs make for a dramatic approach to the trailhead.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Took a nice, easy stroll along a section of the Old Champlain Canal Trail in Halfmoon this morning. Started at the trailhead located along Brookwood Road in overcast, damp conditions.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Did an easy walk this afternoon at a relatively unknown Berkshire treasure known as Flag Rock. Flag Rock is a small open rock peak located on the west side of Monument Mountain, and overlooks the tiny village of Housatonic. While being unknown to outsiders, the locals know this place very well. Finding the trail head can be a bit tricky. Look for matted down grass and a tiny path entering the woods on the east side of Route 183, just north of Ramsdell Road next to a utility pole, and across from an open field owned by Taft Farms. Access is also available from the Trustees of Reservations Monument Mountain property, which recently(2014) acquired Flag Rock.
As you near Flag Rock, the woods to your left begin to climb dramatically and boulder strewn.
After enjoying the summit area, I finally turned back, enjoying a peaceful walk through the quiet woods on a beautiful 70 degree, sunny afternoon.
The views to the west from the rocky 1454 foot summit are fabulous. The village of Housatonic lies steeply below, with Tom Ball Mountain rising beyond.
A great after work hike, with some climbing(elevation gain 650 feet) in 3.8 miles RT.