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Winter Solstice Sunset from Pinnacle Hill in Wrentham State Forest

Please join L.L. Bean Mansfield on our final Sunset Series hike of the year to one of my very favorite local hiking destinations: Pinnacle Hill in Wrentham State Forest. We’ll start this outing on Saturday afternoon December 21st at 2:45PM in the parking area for the Wrentham Senior Center at 400 Taunton Street, Wrentham, MA. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can get started on time. On this late afternoon outing we’ll plan on hiking to Pinnacle Hill where we’ll find good views of Gillette Stadium and the Boston skyline off in the distance. The hike will follow a well traveled section of the Warner Trail as it winds its’ way northward. We’ll plan an extended stay on the second Pinnacle to watch the sun slip below the western horizon at 4:17PM. Consider bringing a thermos of your favorite hot beverage to enjoy as we witness the end of another day. After we rest and refresh ourselves we’ll head back to our vehicles. This hike should run the full 3 hours or more depending how long we linger on Pinnacle Hill and cover about 3 to 4 miles in distance. Please plan on bringing a flashlight or headlamp to use in the gathering darkness after sundown. Please plan on bringing snowshoes to use if there is sufficient snow cover (8 inches or more). Should we need to make changes to the hike mandated by poor road or weather conditions those changes will be posted to this site.
The minimum age for attending is 8 (Children 8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend).
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Dressing in layers works best.
Wear appropriate footwear for hiking and/or snowshoeing.
Please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines and gear you may need as well. These outings are free but you are responsible to have everything you need.
A camera and/or binoculars are always a welcome addition.
Leashed, people friendly, well socialized outdoor dogs are welcome at this venue.
Please arrive 15 minutes before hand because we want to get started on time.
If you have any trouble finding our meetup location please feel free to call before the event kicks off. Andy’s cell phone is[masked]-4503.
Look for Andy’s Green Honda Pilot with the “L.L. Bean Mansfield Outing Program” banner hanging on the side!

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  • Helena T.

    Andy and Matt,

    Thank you so much for organizing the hike yesterday. I nearly did not come because I had so much to do but was so glad that I could join you. The weather was perfect, the view wonderful and I really enjoyed the fact that we had time to admire the scenery.

    December 22, 2013

  • Andy G.

    What a fantastic sunset on this beautiful, warm first day of winter. Thank you to everyone who joined L. L. Bean Mansfield for our winter solstice sunset outing in Wrentham State Forest. The families with the babies and the 5 dogs made for a special evening. Enjoy the photos I’ve posted and please feel free to post any you may have taken so others can see them too! Hope to see you all on our next outing at Moose Hill Audubon on 12/29. --Andy

    2 · December 21, 2013

  • Andy G.

    Expect 2-3 inches of wet slushy snow on the trails today. You might find trekking poles helpful. Don't forget your headlamp or flashlight for this evening. Here's hoping the weather holds so we can see the sunset. See everyone this afternoon. --Andy

    1 · December 21, 2013

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