We set out to GPS and map the English Grass Cave Bypass Trail starting from behind Strathmore in Russell heading left on the lowest trail aka Old Pochassic Road which runs West along the Westfield River. Karen and I hike this often, in Winter the views are amazing and of course Shatterack Mountain we can never say no.

After about 1.5 miles, take a right at the sign and follow the orange blaze climbing serious elevation for two miles to the English Grass Cave. Unkamit’s Path also intersects this trail. Special thanks to Nick D. For working on the bypass trail last summer so all can enjoy it!

Old Pochassic Road continues to the John Murphy Memorial and the Shatterack Waterfalls. Along the way look out for the Eagles Nest. Trail/Old Road runs about 3 miles until you intersect with the other Shatterack Ridge Trails.

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