Unkamit’s Path Section #6 starts at Frog Hollow Road in Russell just after the crossing of Tekoa and Shatterack mountain ridges continuing its way across Turtle Bend Mountain (the only mountain that sits in the Westfield River Valley). The trail once crossed the peak but now a gravel pit operates here since the sand here is highly valuable to make concrete. The trail has been re-routed around the mountain and comes out on Route 20 to follow it West and again climb into the mountainside at Holiday Hill. The reason it has been re-routed to farther up Route 20 is because the land owners here once provided a corridor and now they will be logging their parcel so a permanent alternative route had to be made through public land. About 10 years ago I owned a parcel here on Holiday Hill and have worked with the abutters to find a connecting corridor for this long distance trail. Here is one final look at the original section 6 of the Native American footpath across Holiday Hill in Russell including “pyramid rock” and the glorious views East towards Mount Nero and Tekoa.

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