April 6, 2015.
I spent a majority of my final spring semester helping the Nature Conservancy with Red Spruce Monitoring in areas where they had done releases around the West Fork Rail Trail and the forest road from Glady to Durbin. The forest road follows the West Fork Rail Trail and has several streams along the road to take in as you drive or hike along. The road is higher on the ridge than the trail, so you get a slightly different view. This is a common view along the road: lush red spruce forests cut by tannin-filled, deep amber colored streams. We saw several newts and salamanders in areas like this, as well.
Since we’d put in a lot of work and it was my last day, we decided to go look for invasive species along Gaudineer Knob. Of course, we couldn’t do so without hiking the trail to the overlook…. 😉The mossy forest floor is definitely a sight for sore eyes longing for the green of summertime. The trail is a super short, super easy flat gravel trail that takes you through a forest of tall spruce trees and a thick moss carpet. The overlook is halfway through the look and has a bench for those who need a rest or to take in the scenery.The lone spruce stands off to the left of the overlook. The rest of the trail gets semi-rocky before turning back into a flat, graveled path again. You can either take the full loop or go back the way you came- either way, it’s the same distance.
April 6, 2015.