Stephen Travis invites cyclists "who can handle 16 miles" to bike the CCRT from the Nauset Trail Marsh entrance, meeting at noon. Members who are paddling, please comment that you will go with Stephen after your paddle. Stephen wrote "Non-paddlers could RSVP and comment that they're just in for the bike ride and meet me at the entrance to the Nauset Marsh Trail around noon. I'll send them my cell phone number. I plan to bring a lunch or a snack for Coast Guard Beach."
We launched here two years ago and this July.....it is a great paddle. We added a section to it in July, going over to the bike path, so now it is about the length of most of our paddles.
The perfect tide for this paddle is Sunday, Sept 7, but there is a road race in Eastham that day, so we don't want to mix with that traffic. We'll launch prior to the 11:12 AM high tide from this Town of Eastham sandy beach and paddle around the boats at anchor, to head into the creek. We'll first go down to the right to where the bike path blocks the creek and backtrack. Then we'll go under the bridge spanning the river on Bridge Road and continue up the river as it gets narrow...passing the "open gates at a dike" and go as far as we can up to Boat Meadow Bog. (pix below is on the bog).That should take about 1 1/2 hours or a bit more. There is no place to take a break on this paddle.
There is a dirt parking lot where we can unload the boats, but a sticker is required for parking. We easily found parking close down the road. There are no facilities.
AS IS TRUE OF ALL PADDLES, THIS TRIP IS FOR "EXPERIENCED AND ENERGETIC" PADDLERS WHO CAN KEEP UP A GOOD RATE OF SPEED ALL THE WAY OUT AND BACK. THESE PADDLES ARE NOT A PLACE TO GET EXPERIENCE ON THE WATER.
DIRECTIONS - COMING FROM EAST OF EASTHAM: From 6A in Eastham, turn onto Samoset Road, opposite Town Hall. Follow Samoset Road to the four-way stop. Take a left onto Herring Brook Road. Follow Herring Brook Road to the end. At the stop sign, take a right onto Bridge Road. Cross over the bridge. Take first right onto Bayview Road. Follow until the end.
COMING FROM WEST OF EASTHAM: From the Orleans Rotary on Rt.6, take the Rock Harbor exit off the rotary that takes you to Wild Care and to the Orleans Courthouse. Turn left on Rock Harbor Rd and go 0.3 mile. Turn right on Bridge Road and go 0.7 mile. At the fork, bear left onto Bayview Rd and drive to the parking lot at the end of the road.