hiking
12 days ago

Good hike thru deciduous forest (lots of oak acorns underfoot) on a hot summer day. We hiked the loop counterclockwise, walking along the Shaker road past Shaker Reservoir to the junction with the Shaker Mountain Trail. Ascent was moderately steep with good footing. Some artifacts (bridge construction, stone walls, clearings) are visible from the trail. Signage for aqua trail is pretty good, and there are even posts with trail names at many junctions. Descent and ascent to Mount Holy is unremarkable and relatively easy. Again, no views from summit of Mount Holy, but a quick sidetrack on the summit will take you to a handsome stone wall. Descent along Shaker Brook is quick but somewhat rutted by ATV use. Good trail to stay out of the sun and the bugs were almost non-existent on our hike.