HIKE FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
Pine Pit to Gloucester Quarries and Luce Trail Loop
Join us for a hike from the Pine Pit Conservation Area in Rockport that will take us first along the former railbed of the Bay State Quarry Railroad (the Rail Trail) out to the Bay State and Barker Quarries, Sherburne Motions, and Kleimola Reservation in Gloucester. On the return, we’ll head south along the picturesque “Dead Van Trail” to meet up with a cross-cape path that connects Quarry Roads of Gloucester and Rockport, then do a U-turn up the Luce Trail to return to the Rail Trail and back to Pine Pit. See the map and route here.
The route is a mix of easy wide trails, and moderate narrow trails through deep woods – with a variety of terrain, vegetation and scenic views along the way. Total distance is about 4 miles. Allow two hours from the starting point.
Meeting spot: Meet at the parking lot for the Pine Pit Conservation Area at the north end of Curtis St. in Rockport, adjacent to #64 Curtis. Curtis St. is off Route 127/Granite St. and has two entrances: At the north end, it is on the right coming from Gloucester, a short distance past Halibut Point State Park; at the south end, it is on the left coming from Rockport, at Pigeon Cove Harbor. Please arrive early. The hike will depart promptly at 10 AM.
As always, please wear proper hiking footwear and bring water and insect repellent; also poles if you use them.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Sunday Morning Hikes.
In the event of rain, the hike may be rescheduled, and an email notification will go out at 8 AM prior to the hike. The rain date will be the following non-holiday Sunday.
Registration is limited to 20. Please register early to ensure a spot, and if you cannot make it, let us know (even at last-minute) so we can add those on the wait list. Please do not be a “no show”!