West Barnstable Conservation Area - Moraine Trek Trail

Barnstable, Massachusetts 02634

West Barnstable Conservation Area - Moraine Trek Trail

West Barnstable Conservation Area - Moraine Trek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of the few walks in this book that may actually deserve the name “hike,” both because of the rolling nature of the terrain and the steepness of individual sections of trail. So a spirit of adventure is in order, along with sturdy boots.

Visitors are rewarded with a trek through a magnificent pine and hardwood forest, which may whet the appetite for further explorations of this 1,114-acre conservation area crisscrossed by many miles of trails."

West Barnstable Conservation Area - Moraine Trek Trail Reviews

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This trail just covers one part of the enormous, 1700+ acre West Barnstable Conservation Area, one of my favorites. It is honeycombed with trails, most unmarked, and a popular spot for mountain bikers who have labeled part of their 14 mile route the 'Trail of Tears' (unfortunately demeaning the Cherokee trek across America) because the trails are studded with sharp rocks and networks of roots and because the frequent eskers lead to steep climbs and drops. The place is not popular with hikers and in the many times I have visited, have encountered few, usually accompanied by dogs. It's easy to get disoriented but there are a few reliable landmarks. Popple Bottom Road outlines the southern margin and Farmersville and Crocker roads, forming a narrow inverted V, running N-S, split the area into two large sections. Tom Mooney, a volunteer for Cape Cod Pathways, has kindly provided maps at a few major intersections, and these, though not strictly up-to-date, are helpful. The northern border contains the Town of Barnstable Shooting Range, audible throughout. A couple of unofficial trails come rather close to it, but if you stay south of the power line easement, running across from east to west, you will be out of harm's way. That landmark is quite valuable for orientation. The trail listed here is in the larger, eastern section, and is tortuous and fun, but you have to be aware of several forks leading to significant detours, so follow his directions exactly and you'll do fine. You could spend weeks just exploring this fine example of glacial hills and valleys.

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2-3 hours
West Barnstable Conservation Area
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USGS Sandwich
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Jul 2018