Widow White in Lanesborough, a great name for a mystical mountain! Hiking here starts at a small parking area complete with a giant mud puddle, watch out! Secum Brook, also known as Disappearing Brook, over the course of a mile, the stream—one of the biggest sources of Pontoosuc Lake—disappears four times into underground channels. The trails here are wood roads offering out-and-back hikes course through the property, which the Berkshire Natural Resources Council acquired in two parcels during the past two decades. The remnants of two mill dams on Secum Brook, small quarries and an extensive stone wall provide evidence of the land’s industrial and agricultural past.

The Captain John Brown stone lies at the first intersection. In 1878, his bid to marry Susan Baker was rejected and in response he had these words engraved on a sandstone boulder near a wood road on what was then Baker’s property: “May God Bless Susan and all her baren land and when she get to Heaven I hope She’l find a Man.” Brown was 69 while Miss Baker was 81 and her land, with its valuable standing timber and high-quality marble, was anything but barren. Moss and weathering now make the stone’s inscription difficult to read. No blazed trails, use GPS! Views from the upper trails of Mount Greylock but its a steep 700 foot elevation gain to get there. LOTS of exploring, definitely going back!

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