DO IT! I already mentioned how I much I enjoyed the Hiroshi Loop trail. This loop is just as awesome and more of it! https://mikicc.org/mikis-picks/
I love trails with history, wildlife and views. This group of trails knocks it out of the park. On our way we met a couple of locals who do the trail often. Jennie said she always finds something different every time. Not surprising!
Parking is a hairpin turn (if coming from Hancock side) off Bailey Brook Rd in Nelson, NH. Limited parking on weekends. If full, please access trail from the Brickyard (Partridge Woods). Check for trail information here under HARRIS CENTER: Partridge Woods. Partridge Woods includes the historic Wheeler Trail as well as an alternate route to Osgood Hill and Hurd Hill off Brickyard Road. Please respect landowners and do not park on road or on their land.
The Kulish ledge trail is named after John Kulish the first teacher/naturalist at the Harris Center. Click on the link to learn more about this interesting man.
The trail starts on an old road.
Bear Right to take the Kulish ledge trail. You will cross Bailey Brook on a wooden bridge.
Beavers are so incredibly fascinating. Their pelts opened the western US for us and before that, they provided food and fur for Indians. Just one little rodent! One rodent, who, along with its family, can build huge ponds and mow down a foot in diameter tree. They are truly fascinating. They can be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 60lbs. More information can be found at: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/experience/wildlife/animal-facts/beaver/
The dam seems to be in disrepair as there was not a lot of water behind this huge structure. Underneath lies the old stone dam built around 1815 as a holding pond for the Osborn Mill, 200 yards down stream. Someone at some point, not a beaver, had been able to put a canoe in. There is another beaver dam further up we passed on our way down that was holding water.
We traversed a few board or should I rephrase, log walks as we went by the beaver pond area. Some are sturdy but a little woggly.
We headed toward the Osgood Summit, planning on returning via the Holt trail.
Some great Fungi along the way. I believe these are Birch Polypores. Please correct me if wrong.
And, I have recently learned from Tom Wessels, that a tree turning in this direction is rare. 90% of trees spiral to the right or counter clockwise. Who knew.
We started to climb along a very straight stone wall. Someone some years ago had a good eye.
What do you see? A sleeping whale? An ape? Let me know.
And, being a Harris Center property. Of course there are spider trees.
There is a small rocky section. On the whole the trail is easy to navigate.
This is also where you will pass the split rock, noted on the Map.
Two foot bridges take you across the “North Branch of Bailey Brook” actually South of the main branch. Gotta love New England directions.
There is an old stove. Which someone has added some cast iron pots to over the years. Old photos show just one pot. Apparently there was once an old hunting cabin here. Quite a way to haul a stove, but perhaps the beavers had not arrived so not as wet an access?
As we traversed upward, we passed through a grove of young trees, by some Starflowers and Indian Cucumber Root.
We continued to climb. Rusty was on the lookout for a view.
We passed through many lovely fern glens.
The recent addition of the Holt trail adds so much to this trail and makes a wonderful loop. It passes by a huge rock ledge which I understand is large enough to be seen from outer space. A view this hiker will NEVER see in person. Sorry Branson and Bezos. Not on my bucket list.
Ruby and Rusty found this view and seemed to enjoy it. Smaller, but equally impressive.
We headed over to the new section and Osgood Hill. This can also be accessed via the Brickyard Road parking. Please use this access if Bailey Brook parking is full. You will find a specific blog for the Brickyard Road trail here: mikicc.org\HarrisandNelson.
Being newer, and less traversed, this trail is a bit narrower. But still provides some wonderful fern glens. I believe Homestead Lane Parking is currently closed.
The signage on these trails is fantastic. The Osgood summit reached. Our path lay ahead. We came up the Kulish Ledge trail from the Kulish Ledge parking lot and headed down the Holt trail back to Kulish parking. Ridge trail blogged on previously mentioned post.
Rusty took a break amongst the cinnamon ferns.
As an American History major I love foundations. The Nelson Trails Assoc. has labelled many of the foundations around this area. Imagine having to travel and build here in the 18th Century. Most of these foundations were from settlers after the Revolution. What a wonderful feeling to be Americans, thanks to the bravery and dedication of people like the Parkers. While George Washington did not sleep here Capt. Parker did know him.
The drawing of this mill is actually one in Derry. Not the one on Bailey Brook. However the message certainly pertains to all historic sites. Rick Church informed me that the Bailey Brook mill was close to this size!
Thomas was born in 1765 in Lunenburg, MA and died at the age of 81 in Morrisville, NY. His wife Polly was born in 1762 in Wilmington, MA and died in Morrisville, NY in 1840.
We headed downward through a gap in the forest. Looked like good moose country.
I believe the view here might be worth pausing for in the winter.
There had obviously been some clear cutting here, but mother Nature is taking care of healing the wound.
We wend our way down along I believe, Bailey Brook’s meager beginnings, before it reaches the beaver ponds.
The babbling is restful.
And on to the upper beaver pond. There should be a bench here. Be sure and pause. We saw much wildlife including a tree swallow tending to its nestlings. (this photo was taken in the spring). For more information: http://allaboutbirds.org
And so we headed back toward our beginnings. This is the top of the now defunct beaver pond.
Along the way we enjoyed the Creeping Dogwood. The fruit is a valuable source of food for many species of birds.
While we were out hiking, the lower beaver pond had some visitors.
And so, we head down the brook, over the bridge and back to parking.
And here is my journal entry of our hike. There is so much to see on this trail! I have posted it vertically and horizontally. Let me know which way works best for you. I am looking forward to going out again this fall. Hope to see you there. Check out my other blogs at mikicc.org. And please, like, and follow.
Stay tuned this fall for a detailed hike on the Bailey Brook trail. Including photos of the old mill.
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