Thursday, October 10, 2013

Upper Spectacle Pond, Otis & Sandisfield

Yesterday the dirt roads and woods roads in the Otis State Forest around Upper Spectacle Pond were bright and colorful with the fall foliage and strong sunshine. We started from Rte 23 at Upper Spectacle Pond Road. After crossing Spectacle Pond Brook, we turned right on an unnamed woods road which took us to Cold Spring Road where we turned left for a quarter mile. Then we turned left again on Webb Road to continue the loop to Upper Spectacle Pond. Altogether we walked about 6 miles on easy roads.

The lake is undeveloped and there are several tenting sites but no facilities. Because the roads are not plowed in winter but the parking area on Rte 23 is plowed, this is a good place to cross country ski if you don't mind sharing with the snowmobilers. Unfortunately, some visitors have left trash here and there. Next time I go I will bring a trash bag.

Last week I met a nice couple from South Carolina there, who were camping around the northeast. They took out two kayaks and paddled all around the lake. Their pickup also contained two bicycles and a canoe. Now that's the way to travel!

The sun and the bright colors put me in a good mood!
The lake has a primitive boat ramp and is a great place for a paddle.
A beaver pond along the way was very pretty.

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