June 3, 2011
This was a spur of the moment hike....The best kind. This was also my wife Jennifer's first hike for this season. The last time she and I hiked together was in February when we went up to Willard Gap in snowshoes.
The weather was sunny and very windy. Temps were in the 60's.
This hike is actually a walk up an access road to the communication tower on top of this small mountain. This is the site of the now extinct Smith-Putnam wind turbine and the birthplace of the modern wind energy industry. The road first crosses a few rolling meadows as it steadily climbs towards the top. It soon enters a mixed hardwood forest crossing a brook along the way. This is a fairly easy hike and before too long we were at the top. The views were unlimited as far as distance goes. Some of the views to the east were limited due to tree growth and the new spring leaves upon them. It was extremely windy making the tower and the guidelines sing. We ended up hanging out at the top for about a half hour before making our descent down to our vehicles.