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Middlesex Town Forest Bush-whack

Saturday October 20, 2012

Three of us met at 9:00 at the Middlesex Notch Wildlife Management Area and headed west on the Class 4 section of Notch Road. A chance of rain had been predicted, but the day turned out sunny and the temperature reached 60 degrees.

Notch Brook was running strongly from a heavy rain the night before. We crossed it easily.

We paralleled the southeast boundary of Middlesex Town Forest until we met a skid trace near the brook that drains the interior of the Town Forest. We headed uphill along a skid trace and continued along a rocky ridge to the main spine of the Worcester Range.

We continued north to the ridgeline and thence to the lower summit of Chases Mountain.

We returned via the southerly ridge of Chases Mountain and followed a brook back to the interior corner of the Town Forest. This brook had many waterfalls and cascades. This brook connects the 2 blue pointers in the accompanying map.

Having completed a circuit, we returned to the WMA parking area by 3:15.

John Buddington, trip leader

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Eric on the lower summit of Chases Mountain (Photo by John Buddington) Original image

One of many cascades on our descent (Photo by John Buddington) Original image

We followed the red placemarks up and the brook (blue placemarks) down. (Photo by John Buddington) Original image

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