Kulish Ledges Hike

by on March 27, 2014 in Hikes and Nature
Al Stoops hands out goodies at the East Pinnacle

Al Stoops hands out goodies at the East Pinnacle

March 1: Nelson’s own naturalist, Al Stoops, led a Harris Center sponsored hike up the Trail Group’s newly cut Kulish Ledges Trail. With temperatures not much above 10 degrees, thirteen people from Nelson, Hancock, Francistown and Peterborough donned snowshoes for the inaugural hike. The snow was deep, but hardened by freezing and thawing, supported us well. A light dusting of powder on top showed many tracks which Al helped us identify: grey squirrels, mice, snowshoe hares and at least one bobcat. We saw places porcupines snacked on some hemlocks and woodpeckers had torn up old snags in search of insects.

The Bailey Brook Bridge in the snow.

The Bailey Brook Bridge in the snow.
Several hikers expressed their admiration for the bridge’s design. One noted that the hand rails were high enough to be useful with 18”of snow on the bridge.

Several hikers commented that the trail was well sited and all marveled at the view from the East Pinnacle: Spoonwood Pond and Lake Nubanusit with Crotched Mountain and North Pack Monadnock on the horizon. Hikers advanced several new theories about the purpose of the Barstow cast iron cook stove (circa 1890) seen along the way. Some favorites: a hunting camp, a logging camp, a cabin housing men cutting firewood for the long winters.

Eric Masterson, Land Protection Specialist at the Harris Center, graciously thanked the Nelson Trails Group for the nice job making the trail. Al Stoops and I were pleased to accept the praise on behalf of the fifteen volunteers who worked so hard to make this 1.5 mile trail available for all to enjoy.

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