West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails Professional Review and Guide
"West Stockbridge Mountain comprises the southern portion of Yokun Ridge Reserve. This enjoyable loop leads through mature woodlands and features a couple of pleasing vista points.
The trail begins from the west end of the parking area at a white quartzite boulder inscribed with the name of Michael Walsh. You’ll walk across a Tennessee gas pipeline corridor flush with grasses, goldenrod, catchfly, and other forbs in summer. You’ll cross a short wooden span to a map kiosk at the edge of a shady forest. Turn left onto Charcoal Trail and follow blue triangular blazes along an old roadway under hemlocks and oaks. The wide treadway descends gently along a ravine for the first portion of the route.
White oak, whose leaves have rounded lobes, joins the deciduous woodland mix, while witch hazel and American chestnut sprouts form a trailside understory."