This route was a lot of fun. We followed the exact route, starting at the Manhan Rail Trail and running south. We went clockwise around the Whiting Street Reservoir, and then back. The trail was much faster on the return leg. The downhills were more runable and there wasn't as much elevation gain.
With so many criss-crossing trails (many unmarked) it was challenging (at times) to follow the white blazes. Many of them are also faded and some had been painted over. We used the .gpx track on our Garmin's but truthfully, with so many twists and turns, it was simpler to just focus on the blazes. It was easier on the way back.
It was great to run this section of the New England Trail again. It looked (and felt) a lot different from our 2020 NET End-to-End Adventure.
Full report on my blog.
If you are looking for a fun and challenging route with lots of rocks and roots, check this one out. It doesn't matter if you go fast or slow, you will enjoy the views.
Great job! This really is a fun and very challenging route. If you're not familiar with the route the white blazes can get tricky.