|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Spruce Hill (Savoy), MA|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, April 14, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There's a DCR parking area off of Rt 2 in Drury on South County Road. Pull in from Rt 2, you'll see the kiosk. This is shown on the DCR map for Mohawk Trail SF but not on the M&M map produced by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Planning Department. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The Cold River was running very high, you’ll need water shoes or similar as rock hopping wasn’t possible, and the current was quite strong, be careful here! I checked both up and downstream for several hundred feet and couldn’t find anywhere better to cross. Where the M&M Trail crosses here there are single yellow ropes affixed on the opposite banks that one can use to hold on to when crossing; I don’t know what this type of rope crossing is called. I was there a day or two after heavy rains, it could be that normally this river isn't so high or fast. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The section from RT 2 to Cold River is not well blazed, many of the blazes are faded, and there are several blow downs. Clearly this is a trail that is not well used or maintained.
Ditto conditions for the M&M Trail from Cold River to South Pond in Savoy MSF. Except for the climb west away from the Cold River and the trails at Bog Pond this section of the M&M is on woods roads. Very poorly blazed and little signage, but if you have a good map you’ll know where to go.
||Saw a few well-behaved pups at Bog Pond. |
|Lost and Found:
||From Rt 2 in Drury to South Pond in SMSF, 5+ miles in one direction, I did a RT. I’m section hiking the M&M, the perfect trail for social distancing. Clearly not well used or maintained, still quite wonderful and the approaches on both sides of the Cold River are quite beautiful! |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.