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Betsy Delfosse reviewed Bog Mountain
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My recording doesn’t include the first 1.5 miles. Really great hike with nice vista at top. Was a bit slippery, microspikes and poles were a big help

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Really nice winter hike. Snowy trail was packed pretty much, very pretty, went almost halfway, and back since it was going to get dark. Perfect for someone like me with achy joints getting back into hiking slowly. Though an easy hike, trekking poles were handy for the up and down the couple hills in the snow along the way.

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Shane Burns reviewed Bog Mountain
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Definitely needed snow shoes. Gradual climb to the top. Two main road crossings. Only enough parking for two cars.

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Jim Brown reviewed Bog Mountain
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Great woodsy trail with great water views

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Connor Devlin reviewed Marble Hill Loop
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Meh. Nothing special. Nice walk through the woods and at the top of the first hill you can kind of see out beyond the trees a bit but nothing cool.

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Catherine Valley reviewed Billerica State Forest
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Excellent trail for today. Ground was clear of snow and ice. Few people.

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Hiking

The trails were varied so it never got boring. There was quite a bit of short ups and downs. The Rocky Ridge has two challenging sections. Beautiful woods.

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Penny Lacroix reviewed Marble Hill Loop
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Well-marked and well-maintained trails. Lots of families out enjoying the day.

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Michael carpenetti reviewed Billerica State Forest
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Mike Ryder reviewed Bog Mountain
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Hiked the Bog Mt trail (which is really a combo of the Kimpton Brook Trail followed by the Bog Mt trail). Trail had about 5-8” of snow on it week 2 of Jan 2021. Trail mostly covered by snow with just a few places that had ice you could walk around. There was minimal weekend traffic on the first part (Kimpton Brook Trail, passed 2 groups of people), with more on the Bog Mt trail to the top, 4 groups passed, many parked on Stearns Road and did just half the trail. All were practicing social distancing and put masks on when passing. Many had hiking poles to help with travel on the snow (would highly recommend). Nice thing with the snow, is it’s easy to find the trail. Do pay attention to the markers though, as there was a place early on everyone went straight and overshot a left turn to stay on the trail. You can watch for that left by looking for a concrete cylinder coming out of the ground (pic posted) to the left of the trail. Shortly after that is the left turn to stay on the trail. Not a bad thing if you do follow the foot prints and overshoot, as you’ll get a first view of the mountains around, and it will be obvious there are no other foot prints to follow. You can park in 2 places to start your hike. If you want to do the entire hike as shown in All Trails, park on School House Road (here are spaces for about 4 cars and road parking as well). There is another trail right near these parking spots with a sign for “White Pine Trail”. To find the start of the Kimpton Brook Trail, walk across Rt 4a from the parking lot, turn right, and follow the guard rail for about 1-200 feet where you’ll come to a sign for Kimpton Brook Trail. You’ll need to walk over the guard rail and down to a 20' bridge to start the trail. With snow, the incline was a little tricky, so if you have Yak Tracks or other traction aids, pop those on and make your life easier. If not, just walk on the deeper snow and you’ll be OK. I was able to hike the whole trail without any aids by using this technique (although those with tracks got to go a little faster). The second place to park is on a dirt road named “Stearns Rd” (also of Rt 4a, but much further down requiring driving). Parking there allow you to skip the Kimpton Brook Trail and hike right up to the Bog Mt. Stearns Rd splits the hike into the 2 parts (Kimpton Brook Trail through the woods from Rt 4a and Bog Mt Trail to the Bog Mt top). If you have time, suggest both you do both, as they each provided a variance of things to see. For example, Kimpton Brook Trail crossed streams several times, provided nice view through the woods, and had several benches and a pond view along the way. Bog Mt trail is where most your elevation gain happens, and views can be found on the way up, along with the best view at the very top. The mini library at the top was also there, although wrapped for the winter. And the top had several places and a bench to catch the views and have a picnic. The elevation gain happened over about the last .6 miles, so it was pretty easy to do. With the early sunsets we found ourselves hiking back after sunset. If you bring a headlamp or flashlight, you’ll have a fairly easy time making it back as many of the markers are reflective. Do suggest if you are coming down late and doing the whole trail that you get down to Stearns Rd from the top and cross the brook just as you start back onto Kimpton Brook Trail (that brook crossing was a little tricky in low light and snow on the rocks). The rest was fine in the dark with a headlamp (posted pics of the darker view with reflecting markers). All in all, a very nice hike. Would come back in the summer and see what it all looks like without the snow. Maybe check out that mini library at the top as well.

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Tim Borton reviewed Marble Hill Loop
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Nice walk in the woods. Well marked.

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Catherine Valley reviewed Billerica State Forest
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Michal Leah reviewed Bog Mountain
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Gorgeous hike today with a fresh layer of powder crunching under our feet. Recommend bringing microspikes for when it freezes over. Parked at Schoolhouse Ln and crossed the street, taking a right to find the Kimpton Brook Trailhead on the left on the other side of the guardrail. The wooden bridge crosses the stream and then it was a lovely walk in the woods until two smaller road crossings, the second one Stearns. Took a right again and found the Bog Mountain Trailhead on the left. Other helpful reviews were accurate in reporting this is the last mile or so with the majority of the elevation gain. Great views at the top!

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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

What a great trail! A nice mix of trail and rock scramble without it becoming too difficult. The path makes quite a few turns so pay attention to the markers to stay on track. Most of the time you will have cell signal but I still recommend you download the map before you begin. There’s no signal at the base so plan ahead. Today the trail was quite muddy and the rocks were very slippery which made it particularly hard to descend. The top has a great view and you will find yourself at the chair lift which was fun to see.

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Simon Eisenbach reviewed Ragged Mountain from New Canada Road
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