Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mountain Laurel Season along the Paugussett Trail

It's prime viewing for Mountain Laurels on Shelton's trails.  One of the best places to see then are south of Rt. 108 along the newly re-routed Paugussett Trail Extension.  The portion between Oak Valley Road and Buddington Road has been re-routed by Teresa Gallagher to move the hiking trail away from new  residential construction and take advantage of some very scenic spots.

The newly re-routed section winds through some rolling woodlands and comes out on a rocky knoll at the powerlines with this beautiful view of the Mountain Laurel all in flower.  The pocket wetland at the bottom is jammed with Grey Tree Frogs doing their mating songs.

The trail crosses the powerlines and continues south to Buddington Road.

The new bridge that was just constructed by Josh Kreitler and his Eagle Scout team survived Storm Andrea.  We had about 4" of rain Friday night and the bridge weathered the storm just fine.

Photo: Another completed Eagle Scout project on the trails: Josh Kreitler & Co. built an extension to the extension of the Paugussett Trail, so the trail now comes out onto Buddington Road instead of ending at John Dominick Drive. Nice bridge! That section is not yet blazed.  Another Scout is working on the section between Independence Drive and Wellington Court.

Here's Josh and his family just after construction of the bridge.  They also cleared out a long section of new trail on either side of the bridge from the powerlines to Buddington Road.  Nice work by scout volunteers.

Other good places to see the Mountain Laurel in bloom right now are along the Recreation Path (there is a nice tunnel of Laurel between the Ice Cave and the powerlines, and along Oak Valley Trail.  So get your camera's, take a walk, and send your photos in to the Shelton Trails & Conservation Facebook page.

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