Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Spruce Hill, Spruce Hill - North Peak, MA
Trails: Mahican-Mohawk Trail, Busby Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at the RT 2 parking area. I was there on a Wednesday, I suspect it will be full on weekends. Busby Trail parking was empty. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: As is typical of the M&M it is partly well-maintained and blazed, but mostly not. I hiked and out and back, north to south and return, from the parking area on Rt 2 in N. Adams. This is the northernmost terminus of the M&M, not including the spur that descends to Rt 2 west of the Hairpin Turn. The section from Rt 2 to the junction with the Busby Trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. The section from Busby to North Pond Loop Trail is poorly blazed, clearly not well-used, and difficult to follow. The section where it merges with North Pond Loop to SMSF Headquarters is well-maintained and blazed.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: don't remember seeing any 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A green leash, I left it hanging on a trail sign at the northern junction with North Pond Loop Trail. 
Comments: I love this trail! The perfect trail for social distancing, I have finished the M&M traverse from Mohawk Trail Headquarters to Rt 2 in N. Adams, hiking it in 3 sections. Today I saw 4-5 other hikers, and no one on the section from Busby to N Pond. The M&M from the junctions with the Busby Trail and the North Pond Trail is so poorly maintained and blazed that once I made it to SMSF headquarters I returned to my car via Central Shaft Road and the Busby Trail, cutting at least an hour and more than a mile off my return trip.

The views west from the Hoosac Range are quite wonderful! SMSF does have some nice trails, clearly this park is underused.

The Mahican-Mohawk Trail map that is available at the RT 2 kiosk is good, but it does not show the intersecting trails. I suggest you supplement it with the DCR maps for Savoy Mt State Forest and Mohawk Trail State Forest.  
Name: willadollie 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-05-20 
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