I loved this section. It's classic traprock ridge hiking, without the crowds or ATVs. Didn't see a single person all day. The sounds were the wind and the birds and sometimes airplanes taking off. Lots of scenic vistas on this one. The trail was well-maintained and I never once had to pause to figure out which way the trail went. Thank you, trail maintainers. Your work has not gone unnoticed.
|Buttonbush along a pond near the beginning of Section 5|
|Section 5, West of Holyoke|
|Google Earth view looking northbound|
|Mist along the ridge from Storm Hermine|
Cloudy weather makes for better trail photos. It was a short section, and probably the last I'll be lugging my 'real' camera around for awhile, so I took lots of photos.
|New England Aster|
|So much better than the office|
|Another Beacon Tower|
The mist band from Hermine blew out abruptly and the skies brightened. I was sitting at an overlook while this happened, watching the view change from fog to clearing to almost sunny within just a few minutes. Amazing.
|The ridgeline looking south|
|You got it!|
After crossing Cherry Street, there is a shooting range, but it was quiet as I passed. Yay for good luck!
Up next: Mt. Tom.
|Mt Tom as seen from the Animal Hospital on MA 141|