I started my hike at the Hamilton Town Hall and walked north on Route 1A looking for the trail marker that would indicate a turn off the road and into the Harvard Forest. I searched several minutes for the blaze but could not find it so I decided to do a road walk that paralleled the trail and pick up the actual trail about a mile down the road. I got a late start and it was beginning to get warm so I was looking forward to getting under some tree cover and into the cooler temperature the woodlands would provide.
Old school Post Office on 1A.
Finally found the trail.
The hiking through Harvard Forest and Pingree Reservation was very pleasant on relatively flat and smooth trails so maintaining a pace of greater than three miles per hour was quite easy. As I stopped briefly to talk to three riders on horseback, a deer crossed my path and ran off into the woods. I bid farewell the the trio and continued on my way towards BPSP.
Muddy but easy hiking.
Trio of riders.
Horse jumping is popular in Pingree Reservation.
I didn't see any coyote. I wonder if they saw me?
After leaving BPSP I walked along a long dirt road and then onto a paved road past some farmland planted with native corn. A farmer was working on his tractor in the field under the hot sun. As I walked past him, I wondered what it would have been like to have lived in a simpler time when people grew and raised what they ate and walking was a common mode of transportation. My daydreaming came to an abrupt end when a cyclist blurted out something as he whizzed past me. I don't know what he said but I have a feeling it was something obnoxious. Road cyclists are like road runners, too obsessed with pace to enjoy the journey.
So many mailboxes but it didn't see a single house.
Pinnacle at the intersection of five trails in Appleton.
It was obvious this section of the DHT has seen little use as the trail was rather overgrown and a clear path was not visible. As the trail descended, it became wet in many spots. When I crossed a newly constructed footbridge the trail became even wetter and soon it disappeared completely under deep water. There was a great deal of rain in the area during the week which turned this section of trail into a swampy mess. There was no way through or around the flooded area so I backtracked and finished up the hike on the same road I had started it.
The not so traveled path.
This was nice but didn't help me where I needed it.
With my missed turns and detours the 10 mile hike ended up being closer to 12 miles but who's counting?
The (sort of) Discover Hamilton Trail Loop
More DHT hike photos here.
This video comes to an unplanned end when my camera battery died a few minutes before I ran into the impassable section of trail.