Mouse Cradle Balancing Rock
Among the many interesting features of the Tourne/Birchwood landscape is the Mouse Cradle Balancing Rock, a glacial erratic which rests on the southwestern summit of the Tourne and is balanced on two points of ledge rock and a hidden wedge stone. This imposing 54-ton boulder was named by Mr. Clarence Addington DeCamp in 1897, when he discovered a mouse nesting in a cleft of the rock. He adjusted the boulder with jack screws so the rock could be tilted a few inches with a lever when a hidden wedge was removed.
How to get there
Mouse Cradle Balancing Rock is up near the summit of the Tourne. Take the trail that goes up around to the right. Just before the summit, a side trail goes off to the left. Follow that a short distance to the rock. The mouse nest was way back under there.