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    • Sunday, March 26, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Cherry St., Gloucester
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    Join us for a 4- mile hike along the main trails of the historic “Commons Settlement”, popularly known as Dogtown.

    We will start the hike on Dogtown Road, then turn left up the Adams Pines Trail for a quick look at Goose Cove Reservoir, then head back along Commons Road to Wharf Road, which will bring us down to Dogtown Square. Along the way we will see boulders marking the cellar holes of 18th century houses.  

    From Dogtown Square, we will  head over to the Babson Boulder Trail and follow it down to Babson Reservoir, stopping to see a dozen or more of Roger Babson’s famous boulders carved with inspirational sayings.  From there it will be a short hike up the fire road back to Dogtown Road and our cars.  

    Here is a link to a map of the complete route:  


    This is a relatively easy hike, with mostly gentle grades but plenty of rocks and roots underfoot.  With stops, be prepared for the hike to take about 2 hours.

    Meeting Spot:  We will meet at the main entrance to Dogtown off Cherry St., just a short distance north of the intersection with Reynard Street, on the right.  See the hike map for specifics.  There is a small parking lot part a quarter mile up Dogtown Rd. on the right.   If filled, park on the right side of the road beyond the lot.  

    Please arrive early (we recommend planning to arrive between 9:50 and 9:55 am in order to be ready for the group's 10 am departure).  The hike will depart promptly at 10 am.

    • Saturday, April 29, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Cape Hedge Beach Parking Lot, Seaview Street., Rockport
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    Join us for an interpretive walk along Rockport’s Long, Cape Hedge, and Pebble Beaches to learn about how these beaches have been changing due to sea level rise, and what the future is likely to bring. 

    The walk will include learning about dune and salt marsh migration and the associated impacts to municipal infrastructure such as roads and parking lots, as well as private property.  

    This walking tour will be led by Eric Hutchins from Rockport, who has over 25 years of professional work experience at NOAA protecting and restoring coastal habitats throughout the Gulf of Maine.  Eric is also on the Board of Cape Ann Trail Stewards.


    (Photo of a 2018 storm surge overtaking Penzance Road, along Pebble Beach in Rockport))

    This will be a mixed ability walk that includes flat sections of beach but also traversing and walking over a section of the cobble dune at Cape Hedge Beach. 

    Ankle-supporting shoes and assessing your ability to walk over the cobble dune are recommended.  Total distance will be around 2 miles, and the estimated time is just under two hours, which will include many stops to discuss coastal processes, habitat restoration and protection, and simply the opportunity to appreciate this beautiful stretch of barrier beaches. 

    Walk Limit:  50 persons

    Meeting Spot:   Meet at the Cape Hedge Parking lot at the end of Seaview Street in Rockport.  Arrangements will be made for free parking for all registered participants.  

    Please arrive a little early.  The walk and talk will start promptly at 12:30 pm…rain or shine. 

    • Saturday, May 20, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rockport and Gloucester, MA (parking by Evans Field, 3 Station Square, Rockport)

    Join Cape Ann Trail Stewards for our 6th Annual Dogtown Trail Race!


    The race covers a beautiful and challenging 5.4 mile course starting and finishing near the water tower at the top of Summit Ave. in Rockport.   The terrain ranges from carriage roads with minor rocks/ roots, to more extreme technical sections with extensive large rocks (requiring a degree of "boulder-hopping"), and everything in-between! 

    The course travels through many historic and popular sections of Dogtown, including the Squam Path, New England Forestry Foundation's Norton Memorial Forest, Whale's Jaw, the Luce Trail, Briar Swamp, and the Rockport Town Forest.

    Online Registration is $20.00 for CATS Members, and $30.00 for Non-members.

    Race Day Registration is $25.00 for CATS Members, and $35.00 for Non-members.

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    The first 75 registrants are guaranteed a race T-shirt.

    Prizes for first overall male and female, and for first male and female in the age group categories of 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+

    Click on the images below to view and download a course map:


    Click HERE to view the Race Course in GAIA GPS maps, and to download the gpx file.

    To view and download a full copy of the Dogtown Common Trail Map (without the race course overlaid), click HERE.

    Meeting Spot:  Race parking will be by Evans Field at 3 Station Square in Rockport.  Participants will walk through Evans Field to a trail that will take them to the race registration and check-in area, which is near the water tower at  the top of Summit Ave. (signs and volunteers will guide you on where to go).

    Registration and race check-in will be from 7:30am to 8:45am.  The race starts at 9:00am.

    For any additional questions about the race, registration, or CATS memberships, email us at contact@capeanntrailstewards.org.

Past events

Sunday, February 26, 2023 Sunday Morning Hike - Pine Pit to Woodland Acres and Gloucester Quarries
Sunday, February 12, 2023 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Squam Path to Norton Woods (Dog Friendly Event)
Sunday, January 22, 2023 Sunday Morning Hike - Squam Path to Norton Woods
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Woodland Acres Trail Work Day
Sunday, December 04, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Beverly Commons (Dog-Friendly Event)
Sunday, December 04, 2022 Poles Hill Trail Work Day
Sunday, November 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Dogtown Northern Loop
Thursday, November 24, 2022 CATS Annual Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Saturday, November 19, 2022 Haskell Pond Loop Hike
Sunday, November 06, 2022 Manchester Western Woods Hike
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 Cape Ann Trail Stewards Annual Members Meeting, and Environmental Sustainability Talk
Sunday, October 30, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Upper Luce Trail & Bad Dog Trail (Dog-Friendly Event)
Sunday, October 23, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Beverly Commons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 Trail Work Day on Choate Island
Saturday, October 15, 2022 Trail Work Day at DeLamater Sancturary
Sunday, October 09, 2022 4th Annual Ted Tarr Memorial Cross- Cape Ann Hike
Sunday, September 25, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Upper Luce Trail & Bad Dog Trail
Sunday, September 18, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Rockport South Woods (Dog-Friendly Event)
Saturday, September 17, 2022 Trails and Sails Event: Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, August 28, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Rockport South Woods
Sunday, August 14, 2022 Dog-Friendly Hike - Manchester-Essex Woods
Sunday, July 31, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Manchester-Essex Woods
Sunday, July 10, 2022 Inaugural Dog-Friendly Hike: Dogtown Complete Loop
Sunday, June 26, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike-Dogtown - Complete Loop
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2022 Poles Hill Solstice Hike
Sunday, June 12, 2022 Magnolia Woods Mountain Laurel Hike
Sunday, June 05, 2022 National Trails Day - Western Woods, Manchester
Sunday, May 22, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Squam Road to Norton Forest & JerryMannder Trail
Saturday, May 21, 2022 2022 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - May 21, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022 World Fish Migration Day Celebration: Mill Brook Hike
Sunday, April 24, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Pine Pit to Gloucester Quarries and Luce Trail Loop
Sunday, March 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Tompson Street to Eagle Rock
Sunday, February 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Briar Swamp from Summit Ave.
Sunday, January 23, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Norton Woods from Revere Street
Sunday, November 28, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pine Pit to Woodland Acres & Gloucester Quarries
Thursday, November 25, 2021 CATS Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Dexter Pond Loop Trail Maintenance
Sunday, October 24, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Beverly Commons
Sunday, October 10, 2021 3rd Annual Ted Tarr Memorial Cross Cape Ann Hike
Saturday, October 02, 2021 2021 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - October 2nd!
Sunday, September 26, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pigeon Cove Quarries
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Trails and Sails Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, August 29, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike -Manchester-Essex Woods
Saturday, August 14, 2021 Haskell Pond Loop Hike
Sunday, August 01, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike -Ravenswood from Magnolia Swamp to Ledge Hill Trail
Sunday, June 27, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike: Norton Forest & JerryMannder Trail
Sunday, June 20, 2021 Poles Hill Solstice Hike
Sunday, June 13, 2021 Magnolia Woods Mountain Laurel Hike
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Reservoir - #2
Saturday, June 05, 2021 National Trails Day at Woodland Acres/Pine Pit
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Annual Meeting/Native Plants talk (Zoom)
Saturday, May 29, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Boulders
Sunday, May 23, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pigeon Hill St to Bad Dog & Anne’s Path, plus Steel - ~4 mi.
Saturday, May 22, 2021 Joint CATS/Rockport Rights of Way Work Morning at Delamater Sanctuary
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 CATS May Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, May 02, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Dogtown - ~4 mi.
Monday, April 19, 2021 Earth Week 2021 DIY Trail Cleanup
Friday, December 11, 2020 2020 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - Virtual Challenge: Dec 11-13!
Thursday, November 26, 2020 CATS Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 CATS November Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Powderhouse Hill Hike
Sunday, October 11, 2020 2nd Annual Cross Cape Ann Hike
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 CATS October Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Haskell Pond loop Hike
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 CATS Board Meeting - Zoom
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 CATS Annual Meeting - Wildflower Talk and Business Meeting
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 CATS Board Meeting
Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Rockport Rights of Way Andrews Woods Cleanup
Sunday, October 13, 2019 1st annual Ted Tarr Cross Cape Ann Walk
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Trails and Sails Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Pole Hill Solstice Walk
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Mountain Laurel Hike in Magnolia Woods to Rafe's Chasm
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 CATS Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Rockport Conservation Commission Earth Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Earth Day Cleanup with Clean Gloucester - 3rd Annual
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Stewardship Saturday: Poles Hill
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sunday Morning Manchester Hike
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Stewardship Saturday - Dogtown
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Stewardship Saturdays - Location TBD

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