Thorncrag sits as a green capstone, a quiet forested oasis surrounded on three sides by the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban development. I come here often to escape for a while.
I usually keep a daypack in my car loaded with a few seasonal essentials. Like today, no telling when the mood to hike will overpower me.
No need for snowshoes today. The trails are well packed, Micro Spikes will do :
Will they let me in?
New in the last year or so, Thorncrag has decided not to allow dogs in the preserve :
Yeah, I think they'll let me in :
I think I'll do a loop hike today starting from the less used West entrance to Thorncrag :
I'll start out following the Green Trail north and circle the preserve in a clockwise direction, returning via the Yellow, Red, and Orange trails. You can view and print a map here.
Whale Rock at the far North end of the preserve :
and just past the "summit" is Anthony's Fireplace :
From the fireplace I descended through a nice stand of Hemlock and down to a small pond :
where I followed the Red and Orange trails back to my car :
I enjoyed today's walk in the woods. Sometimes those spur of the moment hikes are the best!
How about you, do you have a favorite quick escape nearby? Post a comment below and tell us about it!