|A nice view near the summit of Grass Mountain|
Here's the route I took-
To get to the "trailhead", I basically plugged in the GPS coordinates of the end of Shatsbury Hollow Rd to my maps and took a network of paved and unpaved roads to the end. None of them were 4x4 roads, just well-maintained gravel roads. I pretty much parked at the end of the road where it forks into a private road and an unmaintained logging road. Nobody gave me any trouble.
The unmaintained logging road which I walked along basically paralleled Little White Creek and came alongside an apparently vacant hunter's cabin. From here, it criss-crossed the creek about 5 times before staying to the right of the creek and ascending to the col. It does appear that there is a completely run-down road that keeps to the left of the creek as well but this option is less-preferable. The road I took diverts substantially from the creek while ascending and I almost thought I had taken the wrong route. However, it eventually met back up with the creek just below the col. At this point, the creek was a mere trickle.
|Walking along the road that parallels the creek|
At the col, many have noted the presence of a broken down Subaru. Well, I'm sure it was once a car, but now it is simply a pile of rocks and debris. However it does mark the point where you begin to cut through the forest to reach the summit.
In the way of New England Bushwhacking, this is about as easy as it gets- the whack is just a straightforward walk-up through some mild brush and trees. Its pretty easy to know where you're going although the summit itself is a broad plateau with multiple high-ish looking points. After it became apparent that I had gained all the elevation I could, I scouted out about 3 points within a 15 minute radius which all seemed about the same. Regardless, the summit canister itself is a yellow PVC pipe at the end of a decrepit ATV trail with a small clearing. There are fleeting views.
|The col and the Subaru. I'm pretty sure the road continues to the summit, but I elected to do the bushwhack from here|
|The summit area|
|Great barren spot near the summit|
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