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This section of the Catamount Trail extends from Route 9 to the base of the Somerset Reservoir.


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Map Key

7.9

Miles

12.8

KM

Point to Point

2,267' 691 m

High

1,623' 495 m

Low

899' 274 m

Up

417' 127 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

The parking area, below Somerset Dam, may be inaccessible during some times of winter. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Need to Know

This area is more remote than the southern sections; please bring ample provisions.

Description

This section of the Catamount Trail starts by turning left (onto Route 9), over the bridge. Just above Lind Lane, the trail dips down to the parking area and turns left to follow along the walls of Route 9. The trail arcs right and follows along the edge of the Deerfield River up to East Branch Trail. From here, the trail coincides with the East Branch Trail northward.

Many of the maps for the East Branch Trail don't have this mapped correctly; it's unclear where it's actual end point is. The trail travels through "Broken Bridge Alley" where there isn't a single bridge that is suitable for use. The Catamount Trail continues past the assumed end of the East Branch Trail, northward.

The trail arcs right, to follow along a stream, then begins to climb the hill. This area is teeming with wildlife, ranging from Moose, Deer, Weasels and other animals. This section of the Catamount ends when it reaches Somerset Road, just below the dam.

Flora & Fauna

Flora: Eastern Hemlock, Sugar Maple, Striped Maple, Birch.
Fungi: Tinder Polypore, Chaga, Artist's Conk.
Fauna: Raven, Downy Woodpecker, Weasels, Deer (hair and tracks), Beaver (gnawed trees), Moose (pellets), Chickadee, Blue Jays.

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David Smith

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