Bear Swamp Hiking Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,108' 642 m
Descent: -1,750' -533 m
High: 1,937' 590 m
Low: 668' 204 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 61% (31°)
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“A remote trail that winds its way up and over the rolling hills.”— David Smith
At Tunnel Road, the trail turns right, coinciding with Corridor 2. The trail turns left along another woods road and follows it for a short distance. When the trail reaches the paved road, it turns left to follow it. Just below the power plant, there is a map of the trail and the trail heads beneath the powerlines, here. It climbs up the hill towards the powerlines then runs through the woods for a ways.
Somewhere along the ridge, there is an old cabin. While there is a paw medallion nailed to it, I don't think this cabin is considered part of the trail. The trail reaches a point where it descends over a series of switchbacks down to the old railroad grade. From here, the trail follows the railroad grade to the right. The trail continues along the railroad grade to its end at Monroe Bridge. There is a no parking sign on the gate, here.
Fungi: Tinder Polypore, Chaga, Birch Polypore, Parchment Fungi, Witches' Butter.
Fauna: Grey Squirrel, Red-Tailed Hawk, White-Tail Deer (tracks, scat), Coyote (tracks, scat).
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