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Spruce Hill
Adams, MA, Florida, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.

Busby Trail

I find the whole 'Spruce' name a bit confusing in the Hoosac region of Western Massachusetts. Within just a few miles, there is a Spruce Mountain and two Spruce Hills. As a result, when I saw references to 'Spruce Hill,' I figured they were in regard to the smaller Spruce Hill a few miles to the east of my destination in this hike.

The weather forecasts I had seen said 'mostly sunny.' During the hike, I would say there was maybe a minute or two in which the sun was shining on me. The rest of the time there was heavy cloud cover and even the occasional snow flurry.

The beginning of the Busby Trail was broken by cross country skiers (and earlier, prior to the recent snow/rain, snowshoers and cross country skiers). Approaching the actual vertical of the hike, the recent tracks ended, leaving only the vague trace of someone snowshoeing to the summit.

The hike itself is rather gradual with the exception of the last ascent to the top of the ridge. The views from the summit stretch north into Vermont, west into New York, south toward I-90, and east into Franklin County.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Moderate
Destination: Spruce Hill
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Hike Commenced: 2:00 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,885'
Destination: Spruce Hill
Ascent Commenced: 2:02 PM
Summit Reached: 2:46 PM
Trailhead Elevation: 1,885'
Summit Elevation: 2,566'
Vertical Gain: 736'
Hike Ended: 3:43 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 791'

Busby Trail trailhead on Old Florida Road

Looking west at Berlin Mountain and Mt. Raimer

Directions to trailhead: Take Central Shaft Road south from Route 2. Go past the Savoy Mountain State Forest garage. Trailhead and some room for parking just before the swamp on the right.

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