After I found the Pumpelly Cave the natural next point of interest was The Eagles Nest. Although the Pumpelly Cave is a place that’s location should be kept secret I don’t think the Eagles Nest is in the same Blog Free Zone category due to the fact that there is a ATV trail that goes all the way to the shelter, and that the shelter has a lock on the door to keep the public out. If whoever maintains this shelter didn’t want people finding it they should not have put a roof on it that is very easy to spot on Google Earth. Although the Eagles Nest is a much nicer shelter than the Pumpelly , its low elevation, weather tightness, lock on the door and amenities make it much less of a wild and adventurous place to visit, it is more like a Doomsday Prepper’s Bunker than a Bothy Shelter.
We accessed the shelter by bushwhacking west from the Dublin Trail. The Dublin trail was ice covered and we needed to use our Micro Spikes to stay on the tread way. We could have walked on the side of the trail without traction, but we didn’t want to tear up the sides of the trail.
When we had climbed to about 2200 feet we left the trail and traversed up hill to the west. We bushwhacked around for a little bit and missed the shelter by about 100 feet high to the east (according to my GPS track I looked at later) In our wandering we climbed too high and ended up looping back to the trail around 2300 feet. I started to wonder if we were going to find it after missing it on the first try. We took another crack at it, and went a little further West this time and dropped down in elevation to about 2200’ at this point we started to see saw cut trees on the side of a small crag, we scrambled up the crag and found ourselves in the front yard of the shelter. There was a fire pit, a picnic table and a bunch of firewood.
The Eagle’s Nest
Jeremy Looking in the Frosty Window:
Both of us had to be back home by noon so we didn’t have time to go bag the summit. So we started to descend the ATV trail from the shelter to see where it went. At first it seemed to be taking us in the right direction but then it started to go a little further west than we wanted to be going to get back to our car, so we bushwhacked back through the woods to the east until we rejoined the Dublin Trail. There were lots of hunters parked on Old Troy Rd so it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea to be off the hiking trail if we had needed to bushwhack any lower in elevation.
I was glad the trip was a success and that another item on my Monadnock bucket list is checked off.