Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island
by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)
© Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Lots of roots and rocks on this trail throughout. There are two extended climbs and two descents in each direction on this segment. Climb from Mass Pike southbound is quite strenuous - but fairly short. The section that follows the shoreline of Upper Goose Pond is very scenic and includes a small beach near the chimney ruins that is a great place to have lunch, cool off, or refill the water bottles if you have a filter. There are several good water sources along the trail. Overall the trail is much more technically demanding than the map or vertical profile would suggest. The unevenness of the trail makes it a real challenge.
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