Bay Circuit Trail Section 15

Posted By on August 2, 2017

6.85 miles; Sherborn, MA

Long stretch of this trail in Sherborn, and this section was certainly better than the last one, at least in terms of being almost entirely in the woods. I was, however, kind of happy it wasn’t too long, because it was soooo hot and humid. I couldn’t have gotten wetter if I had actually dove into a pond. Which, believe me, crossed my mind more than once!

Horse Incognito

Sherborn, it turns out, is a pretty horsey kind of place. The first part of this hike was along some country roads which were lousy with horse farms.

Equestrian Trail

In fact, when you finally get off the roads, you’re in a big field with lots of jumps (and horse poop), and the trail then turns into the woods to follow an equestrian trail for a long stretch. More jumps (and horse poop). You really have to watch where you place your feet, is all I’m saying.

Brush Hill Summit

There were a couple of “named” hills on this part of the BCT, which, once it entered the horse-poopy field, never went back out onto the roads again till the very end, which was a nice change of pace. Brush Hill had only a Verizon tower and a suitably scarily-signed hut, but no view. Neither did Pine Hill or the second Mount Misery along the trail.


At one point, there, in the middle of the woods, bam! A railroad track. It looked like it was regularly traveled on, too. Signage named it the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad. I’ll turn things over to Wikipedia now:

The railroad operates the “trash train” hauling refuse from Yarmouth to SEMASS, a waste-to-energy plant in Rochester, MA, as did its predecessor. However, Massachusetts Coastal operates the train under the new name, “Energy Train” using 20 former Canadian Pacific bath tub coal hopper cars rebuilt into “Energy” cars. These “Energy Cars” are numbered 1000–1019. These cars are painted in an attractive Pullman green scheme with a black band. The first 6 cars were fully painted with “MASS COASTAL” lettering, and “ENERGY TRAIN” written along the sides and gold stripes.

Cool. A trash train.

You can read more about the Bay Circuit Trail here. As always, click on the image, above, for details about this section and to download the GPS track.

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