January 12, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Event Rating: Difficult
Distance: 5.5 MILES
Time Duration 2.5 t0 3 hours
Blaze Orange: REQUIRED
Hi Everyone, Long Pond-Ell Pond is a great hike that is anywhere between 4 and 5.5 miles depending on whether we decide to walk on the the road for the complete hike. Roads aren't always great for hiking but we'd be able to check out the remnants of an old mill and a canal that was built to carry water to the mill. Please allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete the hike. It is considered a strenuous hike for at least the first and last miles as stated in Ken Weber's "Weekend Walks in RI ". This a great little hike with a lot to offer. It has some nice outcroppings, mountain laurel and from what is said, the tallest rhododendrons in the state. Sorry they are not in bloom at this time. What I find particularly interesting are the piles of rocks or cairns that are scattered about in one section. I'm not sure what their purpose is, I'll leave that up to your imagination. Please keep in mind that this a good workout with some decent climbs that are sure to have your legs burning. Good boots are a must as well as water and snacks. If you are not used to a moderate paced hike please do not sign up for this hike. Please wear blaze orange for safety. We will carpool from the Park And Ride at Exit 3A. Carpool volunteers will be needed. It is about a 10 minute ride to the trail head. The weather is calling for some rain Friday night which may make the rocks on this hike very slippery and could add to the total hike time. We will use extreme caution if the footing is slippery. Please keep this in mind before signing up for this hike.
See you Saturday,
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