Revenge of Bog Brook Trail plus Wild River Trail

May 13, 2017.

It's been two weeks since my attempt at Bog Brook Trail so hopefully this time the snow is gone. Same routine as last time arriving at the trail head located on Carter Notch Road.

This time the road is snow free as I pull into the parking lot. Surprisingly two other vehicles are already here as it is just after eight. I pack up and head up the gated logging road instead of taking the trail this time. The water levels are probably not as high as the last time but no sense in taking risks again with the crossings. I make quick time on the gravel road making it to where Bog Brook Trail crosses the road in thirty minutes.


A short distance ahead I see the only person I will see for the day. He is the trail maintainer for this trail and I stop to talk to him for a few minutes. The first patch of snow I see is just before the first crossing of Bog Brook. I reach the place where I bailed two weeks ago and it is certainly a big difference this time. The trail is right where I thought it was and I have no regrets about turning around at this spot.


The first crossing is just ahead and it is an easy rock hop much to my delight. Was not expecting that considering the water levels two weeks ago. A short distance up after the second crossing are some more small patches of snow in a hemlock lined section.


The third crossing of Bog Brook is of no concern either. The first three crossings are all fairly close being less than ten minutes apart. Through another hemlock section and a herd path leads off to the left where there has been some camping done. Up the trail, after passing by a boggy section, the deepest snow of the day I would encounter.


A few minutes later and the fourth crossing of Bog Brook is reached and again an easy hop across. Reaching the flooded section of Bog Brook and just after the trail takes a sharp left there is a big tree that the local beavers are working on. What the heck they are going to do with it once it is down is beyond me.


The trail leads to the edge of the water and is supposed to cross here. I can only see being able to cross during the winter time. The guide book suggests using the beaver dam that is just to the left.


But that looks a little rickety and not knowing the resident beavers I'm not trusting that path. I pan around looking for another option and spy what looks like a bridge downstream. It is just visible in the center of the photo. Getting to it is another issue. The path continues down the hill where Bog Brook drops leading to an easy fifth crossing. Maybe this will be the new trail going forward as it is fairly well trodden.


Heading back up the other side of the brook and curiosity gets the better of me as I go in search of the mysterious bridge. I look around for a path that leads to it and can't find anything. I end up pushing my way through the trees and there it is spanning part of the brook. Not sure if it is here intentionally or if it floated down to this spot during some flooding. Up where the trail is supposed to cross the bog the trail leads a short distance up to the junction with Wild River Trail where I was last fall.


Heading up the portion of the Wild River Trail that I had already done and I see the first Trout Lilies of the year. I did this part of the trail last year between the end of Bog Brook Trail and the Rainbow Trail. I need the section beyond the Rainbow Trail and the East Branch Trail where I was last summer. Further up there are bigger patches of the lilies, more than I have ever seen before. They line the trail on both sides for quite a ways even invading the trail proper in spots. I reach the junction with the Rainbow Trail and stop for a quick break. Heading back up the trail and it takes a small dip where there is still snow. This spot is known as Perkins Notch.


A very short climb out of the Notch, more like a depression, and I enter the Wild River Wilderness. Beyond the sign is an obscure trail and I'll add that to the list of things to check out on another day. The Wild River Trail is quite mild through here which makes for a pleasant trip through this area of the woods.


It is only twenty minutes from my break to reach the site where the Perkins Notch Shelter use to be. There is a path leading down to No-Ketchum Pond and I head down it but do not get very far. The path is very spongy and in one spot I sink up to my knee in some snow. Retreating back to the trail and I head up a bit before a side path leads off to the right to where there are tent pads now. Looks like a quiet spot to spend a night sometime as it is far enough into the woods.


After doing a little branch trimming on a downed tree that is blocking the way the trail makes a sharp left which surprises me. A lot of times I don't look at the details of the map or read the guide book as I want the trail to reveal itself to me. It ends up leading down to the Wild River and crosses it. A much milder Wild River in this area as the crossing is very easy. Through another hemlock section of woods and I am getting closer to finishing this trail.


Ten minutes from the crossing and I have reached the Wild River again and just on the other side is the spot I took a break when I was last out here Memorial Day Weekend. Downstream just a few feet is the best spot for crossing and at the other side of the river I am officially done with the Wild River Trail.


Another break at the same spot from last May and then it is time to pack up and head back the way I came. The trip back takes about three hours and I see noone on the way back. In fact the same two vehicles that were in the parking lot this morning are still there. One of them must be the trail maintainer. I did not see him on the return so I assume he was in the section between the logging road and the trailhead. A much better time on this trail than two weeks ago and pleasantly surprised seeing how it has a reputation of being a wet and muddy trail. Being early spring I didn't think it was all that bad. In fact I can see a return to this area sometime in the future.

Final numbers: 11.4 miles, 6 hours and 15 minutes.

Redline Miles: 2.4, Total to Date: 1298.4