|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Hunger, MA|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, May 31, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Confusing! First of all, it was our intention to do a loop I had seen on line. I thought it left from the end of Crosby Road. This is a cul-de-sac with an open field and a large home and barn with its own driveway. Another car showed up, they thought this was a trailhead as well. We saw what looked like an old forest road leading into the woods. It lead to another road along a pond.
When we came back, a gentleman from the other house told us the Midstate Trail was down the road near a blue house (that interesting shade that some people would think was grey) at the intersection of Crosby and Russell Roads. He mentioned that people sometimes park in the little island created by the two roads. I also saw enough space on the side of the road that could accommodate 2, maybe 3 vehicles. BIG MISTAKE!!! I thought it was just the side of the road; it actually is private property. When we got back, someone had placed a "No Parking" sign in back of my car. I felt badly, wondering why I did not notice it before. It was not there before, the owner must have placed it after seeing our car. Owner also left a very nice note, not only explaining that this was their property, but also suggesting where to park if we return. Too complicated to explain here. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||None, but there was a very small dry bed which may or may not flow when it rains heavily or during the spring melt. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One blowdown dispatched, a couple others awaiting their turn. Easy step-overs. Trail is very well blazed. Thanks! |
||Remember that the Midstate Trail passes through many private lands, make sure your dog is respectful and don't leave any bags. |
||A few skeeters that were kept at bay by the winds. One tick. |
|Lost and Found:
||After I finally figured it out, we had a pleasant afternoon. Mt. Hunger has a wooded summit, but right before it there are some ledges with views of nearby mountains and a very pretty pond. A good portion of this section is flat, you're walking along a ridge. We got to those ledges in no time and decided to go further until the trail came out at a road. This was a good choice, we met some people who told us Watatic was crazy; so many people and a lot of creativity in parking to stay legal. This was such a pretty walk and gentle on the feet that I'm thinking of ordering the Midstate book and maybe doing this sometime.|
There is a bush that grew wild in Pennsylvania when I was a kid, which we called Honeysuckle. I've seen it at nurseries where they call it fragrant Azalea (we have one at home). There was some of this growing along the trail, could smell it before I could see it. Pretty pink flowers.
Nice! And approx one hour from home.
||Beckie and Prema |
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.