Squiggly lines seem to go everywhere on new topographic maps posted this week at Greylock Glen kiosks.
Even as the signs heralded completion of recent trail projects, work continued nearby as part of the DCR’s ongoing effort to enhance sections of the 12,500-acre reservation. A five-member team from the Student Conservation Association, working with AmeriCorps and the state’s own park service, worked to reroute the Peck’s Falls Trail, part of a 10-day assignment to the Glen from their base in Hawley.
This week’s newest trail at the Glen is a 225-foot switchback leading from Gould Road that replaces a short but steep descent toward Peck’s Falls, located just one-tenth of a mile into the woods. The new section of trail was created in less than two days by the SCA team, whose members plan to spend most of their 10-day assignment — they call it a “hitch” — working near the scenic falls.
Hanna Brooks, 22, was serving Thursday as team leader for the crew, which had settled into a campsite at the Glen for its hitch. “I’ve always loved the outdoors, so that’s why I joined the program,” Brooks said. “It’s gorgeous in here. We lucked out.”
Last week, the crew was at Nickerson State Park on Cape Cod, honing skills needed for trail work. Members are trained as sawyers, riggers and carpenters, each with specific duties.
“It’s beautiful. I love it,” Sam Spence, 21, of Lowell, said of his posting at the Glen. He is using a 10-month stint with the SCA as a kind of gap year from his studies at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. When Spence wraps up work at summer’s end, he’ll have earned a $6,000 educational award to put toward tuition. Participants also receive small stipends and a food allowance.