Friday, June 6, 2014

East Mountain to Benedict Pond, Great Barrington

Sunday we walked the Appalachian Trail from Homes Road in Sheffield, over East Mountain, down to Rte 23 and then up to Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest. A respectable 7.5 miles.

I hiked some of this trail a few weeks ago, but what a difference! We saw many pink lady's slippers and lots of sweet-smelling pink azaleas. The leaves were fully out and the trail was mostly shaded, very helpful since it was a hot day.

Pink Lady's Slipper
A great view to the west.
The pink azalea.
I love the patterns made by the fern fronds.

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