The Weasel trail:
The rather broad trail which winds up and around the south facing watersheds was first cleared so that an old WWII Weasel tracked vehicle could drive the circuit. The circuit must be traversed each week as USFS and Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES) personnel visit and collect data from the many instruments located throughout the watersheds. The Weasel has long since been scrapped, but the trail remains and is used for walking access, as we are doing, as well as snowmobile access for winter data collection.
This is a view of the lower portion of the trail we will be walking up. The wooden bridges cross wet spots or seasonal drainages. They are necessary to minimize erosion and disturbance to wet areas by foot traffic, and critical for snowmobile access to keep the vehicles out of wet snow or water which would foul up the tracks on cold days.
This is the old Weasel on the main Hubbard Brook road. The date of the photo is unknown but is probably in the late 1950s.
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Web page created October 2001
by Ellen Denny and Thomas Siccama