Posted By auntie on March 9, 2013
11.5 miles 2.9 mph
kind of a cool trek. me and 50 complete strangers headed off this morning to hike the first leg of the ri north south trail, from blue shutters beach in charlestown to meadow brook pond in richmond. i did not disgrace myself; i finished about 2/3 of the way down the pack. wasn’t crazy about the last 2 miles of road walking, but i made it.
after congregating at the meadow brook pond fishing access area in richmond, we all got on a school bus which took us to the blue shutters beach in charlestown. and the trail officially starts at the ocean’s edge, so everyone had to go get their boots kissed by salt water.
and painted on the rip-rap at the beach is the southernmost blaze of the north south trail.
i’ve hiked most of the woods portions of this trail. a long stretch runs concurrently with the vin gormley train in burlingame state park, and another stretch runs through burlingame wildlife management area. but a significant portion of this leg is road-walking, particularly from the beach to burlingame, and again once you emerge from the wildlife refuge. where you are greeted by a friendly horse, and pigs and cows, further along.
and here is the start and finish of this leg, meadowbrook pond in richmond. i was very glad to get here, i gotta say. and this is where we start hiking in two weeks to do the 2nd leg of the trek. once my legs recover, i’m sure i’ll be all excited about it.
i’ve put this hike into the hikefinder.