Deep Tracking Series - #6 Mohawk Trail State Forest


Age Level: 12 and up

Fitness Level: Easy - anyone can enjoy this activity!

Skill Level: Beginner hiker

Using our skills in observation, we can identify animals by their tracks most easily in winter when there is snow cover.

However, there are other ways to see animals as well. Middens, debris left behind from eating, fur and feathers, seed pods, bark and twigs, droppings and urine markings, and other telltale signs are sure to be found. A keen observer sees more than just tracks in the snow.

To gain more insight into the animal, we may follow these signs to determine their route(s) of travel, their migration, or venture near their dwellings. We will explore insects, birds, and mammals by what they leave behind. This tracking series will bring participants closer to the wild animals that inhabit the Connecticut River Valley and beyond.

Today’s session we will be searching for deep forest dwellers, hunter and prey, turkeys, coyotes, and other animals visiting the deep woods and learning about navigation. We will start out near the Mohawk Trail state forest headquarters, or along Rt 2 at the gate, and take a right as if heading out on the Mohawk Trail, through the deep woods to a large open field, where we will explore tracks.

This last session in the series will build off previous sessions and encourage participants to identify tracks and share their stories about their animal.

What's included:

  • 2 hour guided tracking experience
  • Snowshoes and/or spikes
  • Trekking poles

What to bring:

  • Layers appropriate to the temperatures

*See our layering guide

  • Hiking boots or winter boots, thick socks (an extra pair)
  • Plenty of water and snacks

Meeting point: Cold River Road, Charlemont


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