Join us for a winter hike in the northern woods of Cape Ann, following the old quarry “Rail Trail” from Pine Pit in Rockport, past the picturesque Sherburne Motions, to several Lanesville quarries that loomed large in Cape Ann’s granite industry.
POSPONED TO FEBRUARY 4 DUE TO WEATHER
A highlight of the hike will be a short visit to the historic grounds and quarries of the Manship Artists Residency & Studios (MARS), with a special welcome by founder Rebecca Reynolds. On the way back, for a change in scenery, we’ll do a loop through the regenerating pines of Rockport’s Woodland Acres.
This is a relatively easy hike over broad woodland trails, with rocks and roots underfoot, plus a good chance of icy, snowy and/or muddy conditions at this time of year. Total distance is about 3.5 miles, and the estimated time is two hours.
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.
Coming from Lanesville/Gloucester, Curtis is on the right about a half-mile beyond Halibut Point State Park. Coming from Rockport, it is on the left just after Pigeon Cove Post Office (on right) and just before the old metal “Tool Company” building.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Sunday Morning Hikes. We have a Dog-Friendly Hikes group which is now repeating each Sunday Morning hike the following month. You can join the Dog-Friendly Hikes Google group from the Cape Ann Sunday Hikes group home page to get announcements of each Dog-Friendly hike.
Cape Ann Trail Stewards | PO Box 690 | Essex | MA | 01929