Jul 4, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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On July 4, join me for a fast-paced, 10.4-mile walk on 2 sections of the Central Mass Rail Trail (aka Wachusett Greenways). This walk is perfect for those of us who are 3-season hikers and do not like to bushwhack overgrown underbrush in the heat of summer!
We will begin at the Thomas Street parking lot in West Boylston. The first 3 miles of walk is on a popular, canopied, wide and level path that follows the pretty Quinapoxet River to the River St., Holden, parking area. From there, we will walk 2.2 miles on more hilly and diverse terrain, ending at Mill St. in Holden. We will then turn around and walk back the 5.2 miles to the Thomas St parking.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 10.2 to 10.4 miles
PACE: relatively fast-paced with intermittent 1-minute slower pace...16-20 minute mile (see below)
TOTAL TIME: About 3 hours (see below)
ADJUSTING THE ABOVE: That said, I am okay with adjusting the pace and total time downward depending on the group, but would prefer to finish our walk in no more than 4 hours. Also, there is an old mill site along the path, the Springdale Mill site, which we may want to check out.
WHERE: Thomas St, West Boylston parking lot of the Mass Rail Trail (let me know if you have questions on this)
WHAT TO WEAR: comfortable walking or hiking shoes
WHAT TO BRING: bug repellent, sunblock, hat/visor (of the 10.4 miles, only about .70 mile is under direct sun, the rest is shady), plenty of water, a snack (if you need it)
TIP: an old bandanna makes for a great sweat wiper
Let me know if you have any comments or questions on this. Look forward to doing this walk with some of you! You'll be able to do this and still be in good time for your July 4th celebrations!
WACHUSETT GREENWAYS web-site (scroll down to the very bottom to see a description of the 2 sections we will be walking on...sections 3 and 4):