|Junction of the Well Trail and Paugussett reroute|
The blue blazes now head down the gravel path known as the "Well Trail" but quickly take a right turn and drop down to Indian Hole Brook to cross on stepping stones. The old route used to follow Indian Well Road to cross the brook via the bridge, and that is still an option if the stepping stones are flooded.
|Crossing Indian Hole Brook on stepping stones|
|Stepping stone crossing|
The new trail levels out briefly at a hemlock graveyard shelf, then rejoins the old trail briefly about half way up the slope before turning right to another new section. This part levels out for the next 0.2 mile mid-slope, following the contours as the trail heads north to get around a big rock formation. The old trail went straight up the rock formation, but it was hazardous and eroded. There didn't seem to be any better way up the rock, so CFPA decided to outflank it.
|Walking along the side of the slope.|
|Can't go that way|
|End of the rock|
If you're hiking in the evening, as I was, you may notice the woods lighten up quite a bit as you come out from the shadow of the hill.
At the top of the rise the new trail will cross the old trail, which followed the top of the cliff. Now you have an option of following the blue blazes straight ahead to continue along the trail northbound, or taking a left turn onto the old trail, which is now a spur to the overlook.
|Escaping the hillshade.|
We'll take that spur to the overlook, which was cleared out this year so you can see the Housatonic.