Cool, mix of sun and clouds- more clouds than sun. We have done this trail from Freedom Pond Rd. ( mostly) but stop when the trail hits the utility easement short of Penny Road. We have also done it from the Northern Headwaters Trail but only once as far as Penny Rd. and we stopped there. I thought we had missed that section in the middle and so we started from Penny Rd heading north. I soon realized it was familiar and we had done it ( checked blog when home and it was two years ago).
The trail starts off across a field and then into the woods until you come out on the easement.
The trail follows the easement up the ridge and then goes back into the woods before returning to the easement and then back into the woods a good distance until you come to Spirited Horses Ranch where you cross the edge of two meadows.
Getting ready for winter
An old stone fence
We passed through the ranch woods to start down the other side and encountered this sign. The ranch has a network of trails through the woods and they are blue blazed ( Goose Ridge is red)- sometimes the trails coincide and you will have both color blazes- just ignore the blue blazes.
The woods on this trail are mostly deciduous so there were a lot of leaves on the trail hiding roots and stones to trip over
We only went a short distance down past the ranch before I decided to turn back for today.
When we reached the easement we walked it's short distance to the top of the ridge for a view down the other side.
And then took the trail back to Penny Rd. It had been a pleasant outing in spite of my low energy. Though there were several wet and boggy sections - at one point Kelley was sinking up to here torso and didn't care for it , she had to work to find enough water to get into. 2 3/4 hours