Beauty of the ridge

Published: 10/15/2021 9:15:52 AM
I recently read in this newspaper about the ongoing discussions about the fate of the land at the northern end of Rocky Mountain Park, including the home at 87 Stone Ridge. Although I’m now disabled, I’ve often hiked in this area and enjoyed its beauty while also collecting wild mushrooms. That led me to learn what I could about the area and its properties. I also read Doug Stotz’s letter on the subject.

There are two homes on Stone Ridge at No. 55 and No. 87. Both are lovely; the one at No. 87, the larger one, is a few blocks south of Stop & Shop. It is palatial. The home at No. 55 is now the Poetry Ridge B&B, and has gotten glowing reviews. Just east of Stone Ridge, on the other side of the ridge line, is Stone Ridge Lane, an upscale development. If you walk north past No. 87 and No. 55, you’ll get to French King Highway.

The area has a network of hiking trails. If you walk south by any route, you’ll get to Poet’s Seat Tower. For a delightful if ambitious two-car hike, continue south to Mountain Road, Highland Park, and Sachems Head, then over the Route. 5 Bridge and along the Pocumtuck Ridge to Mount Sugarloaf and downhill to the entrance to the state park. Unfortunately you’ll have to walk on roads to get from the bridge to Keets Road and the ridge trail because a large solar panel field is in the way.

I certainly hope that the beauty of the ridge will be preserved. The one-shot revenue from selling this property for luxury development is just not worth it.

Paul Abrahams

Deerfield


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