Pachaug—Mt. Misery Loop

| May 31, 2012

Pachaug—Mt. Misery Loop

★★★★  6.77 miles i have just three words to say about this hike: hikes with bathrooms! this is a major plus in my book, and got this walk an extra star. this was a pretty strenuous one, with some rugged elevation changes. lot of (dirt) road walking, too. but it went through some pretty spots, and […]

Ashville Pond Loop

| May 30, 2012

Ashville Pond Loop

★★★★★  3.56 miles stunning. my new favorite hike, even though it’s not that long. it starts (and ends) at the long pond parking area off canonchet road in hopkinton. from there i went down canonchet road to the blue pond pull-off, and down the trail towards blue pond. what you need to know about blue […]

Pachaug East—Great Meadow Pond Loop

| May 26, 2012

Pachaug East—Great Meadow Pond Loop

★★★  7.7 miles wow. longest hike yet. hike got off to an unpromising start when i couldn’t find the exact place to park, but got better. until, that is, i hit the muddy, dirt-bike ravaged part. then there were the 7000 puddles i had to detour around… okay, not my favorite hike. but not terrible.

Phantom Bog/Shumunkanuc Hill

| May 24, 2012

Phantom Bog/Shumunkanuc Hill

★★★★½  5.7 miles nicely varied hike through another part of the burlingame wildlife management area. lots of open woods roads and lanes, a little bit climby, a little bit boggy. nice spot. i saw a live deer and a dead one, and a gorgeous swath of hay-scented fern that smelled amazing where the sun warmed […]

Vin Gormley Trail

| May 23, 2012

Vin Gormley Trail

★★★★★  6.57 miles wow. only the third hike this month! between the frequent rains, family obligations, and intense gardening, i can’t seem to find the time to get out into the woods. i have some serious work to do if i’m going to get any significant mileage in, and only 8 more days to do […]

Camp Yawgoog/North Road

| May 14, 2012

Camp Yawgoog/North Road

★★★★½  5.57 miles long hiatus, between rain and gardening chores and family obligations! i really missed being in the woods, and wouldn’t you know, while i was gone, everything’s leafed out and the blackflies arrived (so aside from that, mrs. lincoln, how did you like the play?). i did this hike from my hairdresser’s house, […]

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