Number in Group: 1
Estimated distance round-trip: 2.2 miles
Weather: Warm, low to mid 70's when I started hiking at around 9 a.m.
Resources: Holcomb Farm, trail map
Highlights of the trip: wildflowers
I decided to get my hike in earlier rather than later on Sunday, since I knew it was supposed to get into the high 80's. I was on the trail around 9 a.m. and it was already pretty warm. I didn't use my car to get to the farm, so I had no bug spray with me. I definitely could have used it!
Holcomb Farm has gone through some changes in the last few years, but activities including art classes, Two Coyotes Wilderness School, educational classes, and more, keep the place busy. I was surprised to see people there on a Sunday morning. They were there for The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition class.
The western trails start behind the big red barns. I walked down the hill, crossed Kendall Brook, and entered the CSA fields. Straight across the field and through the gate took me to the banks of the West Branch of the Salmon Brook.
|Holcomb Farm CSA|
|Bridge over the West Branch of the Salmon Brook|
On the far side of the bridge there is a lot of sand and rounded rocks. It's a nice place to sit and enjoy the sun, or look for unique looking rocks. Head straight back toward the woods and you will come to the start of the Yellow Trail. I decided I would take the trails in order - Yellow to Blue to Green to Purple - always turning right and gaining elevation on each trail. I went to the right and wound my way through the woods a bit, noticing a few wildflowers and a lean-to, before I got to the stairs.
|The sign on the right indicates the Lookout that you see on the left.|
|A bench to enjoy the view once the leaves are gone.|
|A little village in the woods.|
|A hawk or owl feather. Not sure which.|
|See the rope tied between the trees?|
|West Branch of Salmon Brook|
|West Branch of Salmon Brook back near the bridge.|
According to the data on my phone, I went about 2.2 miles and reached an elevation of 644 feet. I really enjoyed the hike. It was on the warm side, but not too bad, although the mosquitoes were ferocious if I stopped moving. You could lengthen this hike by zig-zagging the trails as you went up, or you could visit some of the Granby Land Trust properties (Diamond Ledges, Petersen, and Beman Family Preserves) off of Broad Hill Road. (As far as I know there are no trail maps for these properties).