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. 11102867_10206886569787447_4228583629435210771_nThe 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. 549441_10206886569987452_991374518338583220_nThis 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…. 😉10440751_10206886571107480_6829970943505244449_nThe 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.11096466_10206886570507465_184500717607388049_nThe 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.