The first hike, at Hale Reservation & Noanet Woodlands, was also my first time visiting the area. These adjacent properties in Westwood and Dover MA offer many miles of trails to explore. The fact that they are only an hour drive from my house was a bonus. I have to say I was disappointed with the hike. Much to my surprise there was very little topography and I was quickly bored with the flat trails. I'm not sure if the super humid air had anything to do with it but the biting insects were out in full force. They attacked me relentlessly throughout the morning and forced me to shorten the hike from the planned 10 miles down to around 6.5. I was never so happy to get out of the woods!
View of Storrow Pond through the trees.
Calm on Storrow Pond.
Giant erratic, perhaps 20 feet high.
Collapsed pavilion on Strawberry Hill Trail.
Climbing Breakheart Hill Trail in the rain.
Remains of old motor and chassis used to operate a rope tow when Breakheart Hill was used for skiing in the 60s.
Inline six with pistons frozen in place.
Another large erratic. Note trekking poles on left for scale.
Steps on the Fox Run Trail. Another change since my last visit.
Looking down on Pearce Lake from Eagle Rock.
Beaver Dam on Saugus RiverHike on!