Posted By auntie on April 27, 2013
6.5 miles 2.3 mph
as i did the first half of the tippecansett trail last month, i originally wanted to do the 2nd half today, but couldn’t get a car spot, so i kind of quickly created a loop to include a good portion of the unfinished part of the tippecansett. it turned out to be a bit longer than i anticipated, though, and since i took a fully-loaded shirley with me, it kind of kicked my butt. good route, though.
this loop starts off at the roscoe m. dexter fishing area and the beginning of the white-blazed deep pond trail, but instead of taking a left (heading southeast) towards deep pond, this time i took a right a bit further down the trail and headed west towards the southern end of beach pond.
unfortunately, i didn’t take my camera with me, so i just got a couple of low quality shots with the iPod. but hey, what’s a blog post without photos? so here they are. apologies in advance.
tippecansett-pachaug crossover junction
this is where the red/blue-blazed tippecansett/pachaug crossover trail joins the yellow-blazed tippecansett. this part of arcadia/pachaug is very busy with lots of different trails converging and diverging. there are white blazes and white dots and yellow blazes and light-blue blazes and dark-blue blazes… hard to follow without a map. and i hate to say it, but even the almost-always reliable great swamp press maps let me down a bit through here. there were several blazed trails that didn’t show up on the great swamp press maps, including a dark-blue-blazed trail that i think was a crossover, and a white dot trail that i have no idea where it goes… obviously more exploration is called for.
this was a kind of mysterious little structure inside a cellarhole on kinney hill road. at this point i had left the tippecansett, and was following the blue-blazed dye hill trail, which runs along kinney hill road for a decent stretch. then it plunges back into arcadia to cross the brushy brook, which is more brushy bouldery wetland. after that i was back on familiar ground, because i’ve hiked this stretch before.
i have added this loop to the hikefinder, and made a map.