Thank you , Maeve. I actually skied that area 10 years or more ago and it is
From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Maeve Kim
Sent: Sunday, May 03, 2009 9:04 PM
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Subject: [VTBIRD] directions to Crane Brook
Several birders have asked for directions to this area, which has
beautiful walking trails and a variety of habitats. Here they are:
Drive out Pleasant Valley Road through Underhill Center. Either turn
left onto Sand Hill Road or turn left further out at Underhill
Central School (Irish Settlement Road). Sand Hill and Irish
Settlement Road merge.
About .7 miles past the merger of the two roads, there's a small pull-
off on the right, with a metal gate. (There's room for two cars.)
Once through the gate, trails will take you straight ahead to an open
field with a spectacular view of Mt. Mansfield. (The field is the
site of the old Underhill dump. You'll see several methane monitoring
wells.) At the top of the field, trails head right or left. They're
both beautiful. The right-hand trails go down to a river and
eventually end back on Sand Hill Road. You can also walk all the way
down to Underhill Central School.
If you choose the left-hand trails, bear right at the only
intersection. The trail goes through woods down to New Road, an
unmaintained road that goes by five or six beaver ponds. Water is
often over the road, so if you want to see all the ponds, wear shoes
that don't mind getting wet.
The beginning of New Road can also be reached by continuing driving
out Pleasant Valley Road beyond the school. Near the entrance to
Underhill State Park, New Road is on the left. You can park by the
town garage and walk New Road from there.