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Hike Pearl Hill/Willard Brook State Forests - Townsend, Ma

Date and Time

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Location

Pearl Hill Pond DCR Trail Head, 102 New Fitchburg Road, West Townsend,
Massachusetts, Boston Area,
MA United States

Registration

Registration is required for this activity.

Overview

Join us for a 8 mile loop hike with 1,250' of hiking elevation gain through Pearl Hill and Willard Brook State Forests. Be prepared to hike about 5 hours including stops and lunch break. The Mountain Laurel understory in bloom is spectacular. Our route will follow the Friend's Trail (yellow) to Damon Pond. We will then take the Brook Trail (blue) along Willard Brook and out to rt 119 where we will cross to visit Trap Falls for our lunch break with picnic tables/rest rooms before returning via the park service and woods paths to Pearl Hill parking skirting Pearl Hill Pond. This hike affords a delightful variety of state forest habitats to view along streams, mixed N.E. hardwoods, white pine stands and ponds. Swimming and camping are an added option.  Heavy rain cancels - you will be notified the evening of 6/14 if canceled. What to bring: Lunch, snacks, around 2 liters of water, daypack/backpack, whistle, appropriate footwear, hiking poles (if you use these), insect protection/repellant, sun protection including hat, rain gear (just in case), headlamp, and personal first aid kit. Many of these which are on the American Hiking Society's list of 10 essentials at https://americanhiking.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ten-Essentials-fact-sheet.pdf To address unforeseen challenges such as adverse weather, unacceptable trail conditions or excessive crowding, the planned trip destination, activity and/or meeting place and time may be modified. In that event, participants may elect to join in that activity or opt out.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost

Free

Related Link(s):

Trail map can be downloaded here from the Willard Brook site.

Click map for driving directions
Mountain Laurel Understory Pearl Hill/Willard Brook State Park

Activity

Hiking

Offered By

Boston

Status

Open

Difficulty

Moderate

Audience

Adults (18+)


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