Stoping at the little bus turnaround/parking area off Central Shaft Road inside the park, you take the Busby Trail,
as you would if going to the Spruce Hill/Hawk Lookout.
When you have climbed upward for a while from the foundation and are very close to the last steep, rocky climb up Spruce
Hill, on your left you will see this sign. On this day, I decided to do a little exploring and see where this went. Notice
the rock wall in the background. Believe it or not, although you have to drive up the mountain from North Adams into the town
of Florida to get to the park, you reenter North Adams when hiking to Spruce Hill, which actually is in North Adams. This
trailhead is also.
After hiking from the lost Pond Trail to what the official map calls part of the Blackburnian Loop for about 45 minutes,
I came upon what I take to be "Lost Pond." Actually, it appears to be a swamp created by hungry beavers. Notice
the chewed bases of a couple of trees. Pretty neat!
The beavers got all the way through this one. I'm not sure if they wait for the tree to tip over at this point or if
they have some way to make it fall over. I imagine they were disappointed that it didn't topple over into the water when
they had chewed through it!
I took this on the way to the swamp when it struck me just how isolated this rarely used path is. The forest seemed
big and empty.