Great hike as usual. Did a little bushwack up a ledge off the Ridge Trail. Continued parallel to the Cedar Trail and noticed I was up on top of a decent ledge, looking off the east side. Check this out if you can, nice stuff!

My first time on this trail. The coordinates for directions take you to the gatehouse parking area. There is another parking area just beyond that has a center and a toilet. There is a $5 parking fee for non members. (Note: There is another route on All Trails for this set trails, called “Mega Loop” but it directs to a trail head about 10 minutes from this one that’s in a suburban cul de sac with “no parking” signs everywhere.

I did a bigger loop than indicated on this map. Starting from gate house lot, I followed yellow to Echo Pond to East West to June Pond to Ridge to Tower to Cedar Hill, then backtracked when I saw the sign that Noanet is closed to hikers with dogs. After dropping back to intersection of Ridge and Chickering, I followed red back to the parking lot. Was about 5 miles total. Nothing super challenging. Saw a few other people. The pond views are lovely.

The trail map and trails are clearly marked, and the numbered trail markers helpful.

It’s buggy and there are frequent signs warning to check for ticks.

I would have been quite happy with 500' elevation gain, which isn't so easy to find, so when my AT summary said 600' I was pleasantly surprised! It took 4.5 miles. Perfect place to get some hill runs in.

Rocky Woods is a wonderful, quiet spot to enjoy nature - and that on the edge of a heavily settled area. I’ve explored these trails many, many times and always find it restorative.

The beavers were out today, first I've ever seen the whole family together. The Mom and Pop and the two little ones were foraging on lily pads. They were fun to watch, they were right in front of me munching on the pads. The little guys whimpered a bit too, I've never heard that before (sounded like a baby, somewhat). I've been running in here for 20 years or so and this is only the 2nd time I've seen the beavers out, the last time 3 years ago. It's clear they're here you just don't see them much. Soooo coooool.

Awesome loop. Bushwacked up Cedar Hill first, from the south, then noticed the remains of a few trails. I stumbled upon a mini-quarry which might explain the old trails from the north and west. Pretty cool, see waypoint on my map. Continued on Ridge Trail then bushwacked up Mine Hill to find the summit (see waypoint). Cool area up there. Finished up via Cheney and East-West. This is a cool trek, give it a try.

Beautiful hike! Pond with beaver activity was awesome! Trails were well marked. Did have to pay $5 to park (well worth it)!

Very nice walk,
Shelby gives it 3 paws

trail running
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A nice trek for sure. It's always cool to see what the beaver's are up to on Echo Lake. They have downed about 50 trees to make their home, amazing. I took a little detour up Cedar Hill Knoll to check out the gorge. I love that area. Got ambushed by a little golden retriever...so cute!

best of the best, hats off to the trustees who maintain this property. beautiful and well marked trails, multiple vistas. varied landscapes. not your typical southern MA hike

Trails are very well marked with many side trails and rocks to climb! Also, probably the 3rd trail out of 40 to actually have trail maps. Which wasn't needed thanks to this app but very helpful to those without. Will be back multiple times this year

Even though I went here on a rainy day, it was beautiful and well worth getting soaked!! It's absolutely stunning

Even though I went here on a rainy day, it was beautiful and well worth getting soaked!! It's absolutely stunning

This was a great find. Some parts I would say are moderate. A very New England hike. Vistas and massive rocks. Cost to park is $5. Part of the reservations. We'll be back many times.

hiking
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