Trip reports – September -December 2017 (updated 9/15/2017)

9/9/2017 – Duck Brook Trail Work Trip
John and Phil started around 7 AM from West Bolton Notch Road, and the rest of started around 9 from Jonesville. We’d spotted two cars near the sand pits on West Bolton Notch Road, so we could bushwhack out to them after meeting in the middle. John and Phil cleared a lot of blowdowns, and reported a lot of brush clearing is still needed near the beaver pond. The rest of us spend most of our effort with loppers and swizzle sticks clearing weeds and small brush. We did clear one large blowdown just south of Duck Brook Shelter, so dragging up the chainsaw wasn’t a waste of effort. The blazing along the trail definitely needs work, but it was too wet to do much on this trip. We all met up just as it started raining, had lunch at the shelter, and bushwhacked out to the cars around 1. Participants: David Hathaway, Rob Gordon, Samantha Ketover, Matt Ketover, Phil Hazen, John Sharp.

9/2/2017 – Whiteface (Rt 108 to Rt 15)
We met at 8:30 AM at the Cambridge park & ride, then left one car at the Rt 15 Long Trail parking area and headed up to the top of Smuggler’s Notch. It was around 50 F and sunny as we started out around 9:10 AM. We saw surprisingly few people for a beautiful Labor Day weekend day on the way up to Sterling Pond, which we reached around 9:50. We reached Madonna Peak about 11:05 and had a snack, then continued to reach Whiteface Shelter for another snack around 1:00, and on up to Whiteface summit around 1:20. We reached Bear Hollow Shelter around 3:00, where we saw a number of dead or damaged trees uncomfortably close to the shelter; hopefully these will be removed before they do any damage to the shelter. We continued on to reach the car at Route 15 around 4:40. Great trip with a great group. Participants: Phil Hazen, Darren Brault, Jennifer Platten, Melinda Carpenter, David Hathaway (leader).

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