New England National Scenic Trail 2017

  • Day 12: Royalston to Alexander Hill Road and then the Northern Terminus! (9/15/2017) - Our last two hiking days were supposed to be shorter and easier. Today's hike was slated at about 17 or 18 miles. I didn't have an exact total, because the starting and ending points were within marked segments – not at the start/end of segments – so I had to estimate.
  • Day 11: Alexander Hill Road to Quabbin Reservoir (9/14/2017) - Our last two hiking days were supposed to be shorter and easier. Today's hike was slated at about 17 or 18 miles. I didn't have an exact total, because the starting and ending points were within marked segments – not at the start/end of segments – so I had to estimate.
  • Day 10: Quabbin Reservoir to Bay Road (9/13/2017) - Today was one of the most enjoyable days on the trail, despite the fact that we were covering a lot of miles (about 23). That's because while we had some big hills at the start and end of the day, the vast majority of the trail = undulating paths with good footing.
  • Day 9: Lake Holland to East Mountain Wildlife Management Area (9/12/2017) - Just when you think you've had your hardest hiking day, you haven't. Today was slated to be a great day. We'd hike up Mt. Nonotuck at the Mt. Tom State Reservation, shuttle around the Connecticut River (too large for a water crossing), then hike around Mount Holyoke. We did do all those things, and it nearly killed us. Okay, so that may be a bit of an exaggeration. Here's how the day went.
  • Day 8: East Mountain Wildlife Management Area to Sunrise Park (9/11/2017) - Every day on the trail is interesting. This was definitely one of those days! We started off in Massachusetts, which was a little weird. Due to our shuttling system, we keep heading north, yet we hike south. So we still had a little trail in Connecticut to do, but we'd hit it at the end of the day.
  • Day 7: Sunrise Park to Metropolitan District Reservoir (9/10/2017) - Today started off crisp and cool. As soon as we started hiking we ran into a large group of hikers. They were part of a club and/or Meet-Up group. One woman had lived in Appleton for a while, so that was fun.
  • Day 6: Metropolitan District Reservoir to Long Bottom Road (9/9/2017) - Before I talk about today, one thing: If you've been reading this blog and there was an entry with no photos, go back and look. Sometimes I don't post the photos until later. And the photos are the best part! Another beautiful day today, with temps in the low 70s and sunny skies.
  • Day 5: Long Bottom Road to Spruce Brook Road (9/8/2017) - Happy Birthday to me! I'm fortunate to be able to spend yet another birthday hiking along a National Scenic Trail. I was on the Ice Age Trail on my birthday in 2013 and 2015. I guess in odd-numbered years I hit the trail on my birthday!
  • Day 4: Reed Gap to Spruce Brook Road (9/7/2017) - Today started out well, but ended up tough. So much of long-distance hiking is mental. Our itinerary called for 21.2 miles. I was hiking 30-35 on the Ice Age Trail, and 25 on the Florida and North Country Trails, so 21.2 should be nothing, right? Well, no. Stubs and I were having difficulties with the terrain. Basically the trail was all steep uphills or downhills, plus rocky. As in, you are walking on rocks most of the time. You can't walk around them. You have to walk on them. This hurts the bottoms of your feet after a while.
  • Day 3: Mount Pisgah to Reed Gap (9/6/2017) - Today was an easy 17-miler. Or so it seemed. The weather forecast was for rain all day. The minute we got out of the car to start hiking, the heavens opened up. It wasn't too bad, though, as it was warm/humid. And I had purchased a poncho and umbrella at a Walgreen's before we left. I had my own umbrella with me yesterday, but lost it during the hike. 🙁 And I forgot to pack my poncho.
  • Day 2: Connecticut River to Mount Pisgah (9/5/2017) - Today was great, but tough. Where to begin ... The New England Trail (NET) is basically a vertical line from Long Island Sound in Connecticut to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. But there's one spur that juts to the northeast at Broomstick Ledges, about 18 miles north of the Sound. It winds to the Connecticut River. I'm not sure yet if you need to hike the spur to officially complete a thru-hike, so we decided to hike it to be safe. Plus, we have the time and interest.
  • Day 1: Broomstick Ledges to Southern NET Terminus (9/4/2017) - And another thru-hike begins! It was so good to get back out on the trail. Joining me were my husband, Ed, and his older sister, Terry. Ed and I will thru-hike the trail, while Terry was planning to hike with us just this first day.
  • Next Up: New England National Scenic Trail (8/7/2017) - There are 11 National Scenic Trails, and the New England Trail (NET) is the shortest. It runs from Guilford, Connecticut – on the ocean – up through the state and northbound through Massachusetts before ending at the New Hampshire border.

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