Six intrepid hikers met at 7am at the Lye Brook Falls parking lot off of Glen Rd in Manchester Center, left some vehicles there and carpooled to the trail head on Rootville Rd.
After hiking up to Prospect Rock, where there was fine view of Manchester and Mt Equinox with its summit in the clouds, we continued on to Douglas Shelter for our first break and snack. Then we headed down the Branch Pond Trail into the heart of the Lye Brook Wilderness, enjoying the relocations away from the beaver pond problems, until we reached Bourne Pond. This is one of the treasures in the Lye Brook Wilderness. We had our lunch at the shoreline. then we started onto the Lye Brook Trail. This trail winds through some beautiful woods that have grown up on what had been a clear cut plateau before the Lye Brook Wilderness was created in the 1960’s. Three of our group took the side trail to see the falls before doing the final 2.4 miles for the day for a total of 15.2 miles and three of us just kept going to the parking lot for a total of 14.4 miles for the day.
It was a great hike and we all enjoyed it.
Pictures to follow.