Smarts Brook Trail begins on Route 49 after Sandwich Notch Road.
We plan to take a dip next time we perform trail maintenance in July.
The trail climbs easily through recently logged areas where the trail intersects with various skid roads.
Hiking in the woods this time of year is very enjoyable.
Jenny Preiss from the US Forest Service helped us by opening up the gate to the logging road that the Smarts Brook Trail follows for 1.5 miles. The road is in good shape and I'm glad my FJ had four-wheel drive.
So far the weather held up -- no drizzle or shower activity.
We were responsible to maintain the section of trail after this logging area that begins at the wilderness boundary sign.
We checked out the beaver lodge at the Beaver Pond.
The lightly used trail certainly needed some care -- we spent most of our time using Loppers to trim back encroaching vegetation on both sides of the trail.
A great spot for bouldering.
We hiked through a beautiful stand of white birch.
The trail overall was in pretty good shape but we did have to cut some encroaching vegetation blocking the trail.
Before we headed out we took a look at the swimming hole that is perfect for cooling off in the summer.
About 1.2 miles from the start of the Sandwich Range Wilderness we entered an area of very large boulders.
Soon we came to appreciate blooming painted trilliums, goldthread, and hobblebush flowers.
All the brook crossings were easy too.
It was getting late and decided to turn back about a mile from the where the trail reached the Sandwich Mountain Trail ridge.
It began to drizzle at this point so we found two large boulders leaning on each other to form a covering for us for lunch.