Winter Sand Dune Hiking at Crane's Beach (Ipswich) & Ipswich Sports Bar

I do this every year, in fact I love waiting until it's cold and there is snow on the ground (although we barely had any last year!) There is something beautiful about the beach and ocean with the snow. The sand dunes are a great hike and yes we are allowed on them! $7 fee per car to get in..We hike for about 2 hours and then head to out for food and drinks after (TBA)

 

What to wear - WARM clothes. Ski jacket or windbreaker. Ski pants are good or something lined. It is VERY windy, especially in January, so dress accordingly. Definitely recommend a hat, scarf, gloves, etc.

For feet - sneakers are fine, but recommend winter boots or hiking boots.

 

We will start promptly at 12:00 noon. There will be three different hikes of varying distances. We will all finish hiking by 2:00 pm and head over the Ipswich Sports Bar, which is located at 24 Hammatt St in the center of town.

http://www.ipswichsportsbar.com/

 

CARPOOLING:

Please let me know ASAP if you need a ride and I will get together a carpooling list. If you are willing to drive from the Boston area, please let me know as well.

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  • Suzanne

    What a great event! Thanks for organizing Beth. Looking forward to the next one!!!

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Noooooo hiking meetup is complete without you driving through a flooded road to get to the start! Thanks Beth and Victoria!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Beth

    I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came today...I had an absolute blast hiking with so many fun people. We had a great turnout! The weather was nice and warm, and the beach was beautiful. Even the flooded road cooperated :) I also wanted to thank my co-hosts Dave and Victoria for getting us started. You guys rock! Hope to see you all again soon. Let me know if you are interested in some skiing or other hikes. I'm also on Facebook if you wanna friend me :)

    Thanks again!
    Beth

    3 · January 12, 2013

    • Monika

      Thanks Beth! It was a wonderful hike and great group!

      January 12, 2013

  • Dot

    great

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meetup! Thanks for organizing, Beth!

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Peter W.

    This was a great hike. Had no idea these trails even existed. Beth, wonderful job organizing. I hope to make it an annual tradition.

    2 · January 12, 2013

  • Chris

    I had an amazing time on the hike, at the Sports Bar, and a blast touching base with everyone and meeting so many cool new people! Seriously, it was awesome!! Thank you so much Beth, Victoria and all the hike leaders!!! Two thumbs, way up!! :)

    3 · January 12, 2013

  • Deb

    Great day :)

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Joanne M.

    great to see so many friendly faces

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Terry M.

    Excellent

    2 · January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    High tide was at 10:58 AM. We should be fine leaving beach later. If you drive through water, try not to stop in the middle. You can wash your car's undercarriage later today.

    1 · January 12, 2013

  • Beth

    If we are unable to go to the dunes, we can just go to the bar!

    January 12, 2013

  • Beth

    W are still going, regardless of any water we might have to drive through. I will be there by noon and we will start the hiking at 12:15. Call me with any questions -[masked]

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beth, our is on her way. She should be there by Noon. Anyone worried about saltwater can always wash their car later.

    January 12, 2013

  • Terry M.

    I'm coming from the Portsmouth, NH area if anyone needs a ride.

    January 11, 2013

    • Terry M.

      Sorry for the delay. On my way, see you then!

      January 12, 2013

    • Terry M.

      Arrived. I see a silver Rav

      January 12, 2013

  • Shannon

    Sounds like fun! Dogs aren't allowed on Crane's beach are they?

    January 7, 2013

    • Robin B

      Horses are! Beach anyway

      January 11, 2013

  • Patrick1961

    Hello

    I am coming from southern NH .If anyone needs a ride just let me know. patrick

    January 9, 2013

    • Robin B

      Hi, I emailed Terry who's also in NH. I'm in Byfield, righoff 95, and could meet at exit 55 if you like.

      January 11, 2013

  • Robin B

    I really want to do this and hoping I feel better in the morning. Otherwise I'll have to cancel. I'd really like to meet all of you!

    January 11, 2013

  • Beth

    If anyone needs a ride, I can pick up at the Beverly Farms train station at 10:57. It leaves Boston at 10:15am. Let me know today!

    January 11, 2013

  • Beth

    We just hit 100 people signed up!! Woo hooo!!

    January 11, 2013

  • nicole

    I am new. This is my first meet up ever! I will be coming from Boston...

    1 · January 11, 2013

    • Terry M.

      You'll have a blast!

      January 11, 2013

  • scott

    I live in hamilton which is sort of on the way to cranes.2 minutes off 1a I can take 3 to car pool,but i am going out for food and drinks.Just email e-mail me

    January 10, 2013

  • Matt

    I'll be driving from Allston, drop me a note if you need a ride and can meet me nearby.

    January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am coming from Hudson, MA and would love to carpool. Please let me know! :)

    January 10, 2013

  • Victoria

    Can't wait for this annual winter walk!

    1 · December 26, 2012

    • Beth

      Victoria, would you be up for possibly leading a group?

      January 10, 2013

    • Victoria

      I thought I was already helping out. OF course I will help. I'll do anything for you Beth!

      January 10, 2013

  • Victoria

    Be sure to bring your camera. It's going to be an excellent day for picture taking.

    January 10, 2013

  • Beth

    When you come in the parking lot, go to your RIGHT. The dunes entrance is to the far right...Again, look for the blue Jeep Liberty. I will be there taking attendance!

    My number is[masked]

    I do NOT have service once I get into the parking lot.

    January 10, 2013

  • Phaedra

    Hi Everyone,
    For all the new social fun folks who might not have hiked at Cranes before... check out the pictures I took from the fall walk we did this past October. http://www.meetup.com/SocialFun/photos/11358082/
    This gives you an idea of what to expect for the dunes and how to plan your winter hike.

    January 10, 2013

    • Beth

      Thanks Phaedra!

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be coming from Newton, If anyone needs a ride from nearby town or on the way, I don't mind giving a ride.
    Bad Boy Sashi.

    December 27, 2012

    • laura k.

      thank you for ur message! i decided not to go. i hope we could meet at another meetup!

      January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Incredible! 85 people and counting...the weather is suppose to be in the 50's! I am soooo looking forward to the event. I am coming from the Peabody area in case someone needs a ride.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Beth

    Dogs are allowed on the beach, but NOT on the sand dunes.

    January 7, 2013

  • Christine

    Any one from the Cape Anne area planning on going?

    January 7, 2013

  • Beth

    We will be done hiking by 2:00, and we will be going to the Ipswich Sports Bar after. It is located at 24 Hammatt Street, Ipswich

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Katherine

    Hoping to see lots of good birds too! Looking forward to it.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm from Malden, would anybody able to give me a ride?
    Thanks

    January 3, 2013

  • Frank C.

    I'm happy to drive... if anyone wants to carpool with me just drop me a note. I pick up the first 4 people who respond and I'll be coming from the South End. Looking forward to this. I've never seen the sand dunes....

    December 27, 2012

  • Robin B

    I'd be happy to carpool simply to share entrance fees. It's such a gorgeous beach! Nice selection of lunch spots in the area, too.

    December 27, 2012

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