Stop 1:The Descent

 
  • Steep slope leading into Stebbins Gluch
 
 
Steep slope leading into the Gulch
 

The route into Stebbins Gulch begins in former farmland adjoining Mitchells Mill Road, then crosses a strip of second-growth forest, and soon enters a mature forest along the north edge of the ravine. The path descends a steep slope where footing can be treacherous.   American Beech roots tend to be shallow even in deep soil.  Here they are struggling to penetrate thin glacial till on a steep slope, subject to erosion in summer and frost heave in winter.  Want to learn more? Click on the thumbnails below.

 

 
Trail improvements
   
Gentle trail above the creek
 
       
           
           
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