Walking the Cape and Islands
by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press)
© David Weintraub/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
I used to hike these trails as a kid all the time and they were my favorites, mostly because I liked to poke around the ponds and look for frogs and hop up and down on the wiggly concrete bridge between two of the ponds. Now that I am taking my own kids there I like if for many of the same reasons. It's an easy hike, which you can easily scale to the age and energy of the kid or kids you are taking hiking. When hiking it alone or with my daughter in a pack on my back I like it because the footing is all pretty good as long as you watch where you are going and it is a nice quick hike that you can fit into a busy day. I agree with the previous reviewer, 90 minutes is about right unless you are really poking along a super lazy pace or stop for a long time to sit around by the ponds. Watch out for very muddy areas in early spring though!
Have hiked this trail four times now, and it remains one of my favorites. The town has done a nice job of remarking the trail (Pine Tree) with round arrow signs, and have removed all but two of the ambiguities, which used to abound. The terrain is glacial, with moderate hills and valleys, but nothing very strenuous. In the Fall, there are a number of hidden stumps to catch the unwary foot, so you have to keep an eye at your feet. The whole trail took me about 90 minutes to walk at a brisk pace. The guide allows 2-3 hours, and that would be an amble indeed. The surround is oak-pine forest, often carpeted with pine needles, and very comfortable walking. The parking lot is small, holding around 10 cars, but I've never seen it full.
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