Bay Circuit Trail Section 22

Posted By on September 18, 2017

Bay Circuit Trail Section 22

6.68 miles; West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, & East Bridgewater, MA

Worst section yet, I think. First, it was icky out, misty and cool. Second, all but the last 9/10s of a mile was roads. Third, did I mention it was almost entirely on the roads? Fourth, part of it wasn’t even the BCT—today’s section included a “trail gap.” Yuck. However, the last bit that was in the woods looked familiar… yes, on researching it, it was the bit I’d done with my friend Jo-Ann back in November of 2013. So that’s how long I’ve been wanting to hike the Bay Circuit Trail and thinking about it.

Train in the Crossing

Wow, first time I’ve managed to catch an actual train at one of these track crossings! I actually crossed this same railroad line 3x during this hike.

Strangely, this section of the BCT included a trail gap that was basically the town (city?) of Bridgewater. It was weird. The only thing I can think of is that the municipal government refused to cooperate in any way with the Bay Circuit Trail Alliance, not even allowing any blazing or route guidance. The Guide for this section suggested a route, but when I checked the mileage for their suggested route against one I figured out on my own, it was about 1/2 mile longer. So since this was only a suggestion and not the actual BCT, I went my own way.

Old Bridge Ironwork

There aren’t many photos of today’s hike because it was soooo boring. I mean seriously boring. Although I did find something compelling about the old ironwork on this 1940s-era bridge over the Medfield River.

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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