Ponkapoag Pond -- Massachusetts' very own "rain forest".

"This scenic 4.2-mile hike in the Blue Hills Reservation loops under pines and passes by a rare Atlantic white cedar bog, home to 17 endangered species." Also, it's really pretty!

The path around Ponkapoag Pond is for the most part very well marked, flat, and easy to walk. There are a few places where it gets a little steeper or more stoney--and a few places that get pretty muddy or just plain flooded after a good rain. From the big gray mirror of Ponkapoag pond, to the perma-misty cedar bog, to the broad, blank fields of the golf course that cuts through the forest, the Ponkapoag trail offers a wealth of beauty that keeps you from getting tired. Keep in mind that this *is* a 4 mile walk/hike, with no real shortcuts through the middle if you or your pup gets tired, so it may not be for everyone. At a leisurely pace, it will probably take about 2 hours to walk the whole thing. If you enjoy pretty views and feel comfortable with the distance, though, this is really one of the best trails in the area.

You can view a map here:
http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/23149

Annie at Ponks last summer.


Recommended:

• water for you and your dog

• poop bags

• a leash -- there are other walkers, bikers, joggers, dogs, and people on horseback. Be safe!

• comfy shoes that can handle getting wet

• preferably wear clothing that covers your legs (thorns and "mystery rashes" are no fun)

• also, preferably wear layers-- a tee with a light jacket that you can remove once your "furnace" heats up is better than sweating (or shivering) for an hour

• bug spray if necessary

• a camera if you like to take pictures

• a map (download here)

•  field guides (birds/trees/etc.)... there's a lot of diversity here, so it's a good place to become more familiar with things if you're into that! I have a lot of guides if anyone is interested in something in particular.

• a small backpack to hold your stuff


I will pack a small first aid kit (bandaids, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, etc.) just in case.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    great weather, great company, nice dogs

    1 · May 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess I missed you all. I went to the wrong entrance. Shayna and I decided to hike around ourselves. I was hoping we would cross paths, but I guess not! I will post a couple pics soon. Sorry I missed you, but thanks for letting me know about this great new spot. I hope I can catch another walk sometime soon.

    May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I have to cancel again. I get sick a lot, bad immune system. I really want to go there and I am so sorry to cancel again. It looks like a perfect day for this hike, so have fun everyone!

    May 18

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the notice! Feel better!

      May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I badly pulled a muscle, and had to change my RSVP. Have fun!

    May 18

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh no! Get well soon!

      May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Equus, Just noticed the walk is scheduled until 2:30pm, is this for multiple breaks, socializing & dogs swimming? I will have to change my attendance, since I have a commitment to be in Marlboro at 3pm. However, I will go with my husband earlier so maybe I'll see the group when you're starting out

    May 18

    • A former member
      A former member

      The actual loop probably takes about 1.5 hours and will wrap up around 1pm.

      May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope the group does this hike again soon. I love this great trail and was looking forward to it!

    May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    penni and I were so looking forward to this...however penni has come down with kennel cough from the doggie day care...no contact with other dogs for another week! have fun everyone...see you next weekend..!!

    May 17

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh no! I hope she recovers quickly! See you soon

      May 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the welcome Carol. I signed up for Ponkapoag

    May 12

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Mindy! It will be nice seeing you!

      1 · May 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know if there is more room for this event as the time comes closer (if people cancel later or something). My partner and I would love to come with our dog, we live close by.

    1 · April 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Alyssa, feel free to put yourself & your partner on the wait list. I'll do a final head count closer to the hike date... I put a limit on the rsvps for this because I don't have a ton of experience with big hiking groups, but there will be wiggle room with the final number.

      April 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Before I set a date for this walk, I'd like to see what time works best for others. It's a little longer and more athletic than some of the meet ups in this group so the interest might be lower. Let me know if you have any concerns or suggestions!

    April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      might be nice for the mom's and dad's to get a little workout too...:)

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, I dig it! I'd rather be a little dirty and sweaty after a day out, but that's not everyone's cuppa!

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Must the dogs remain on leash the entire time? My dog is very smart and cautious about moving entities, but needs to run. She's a field lab.

    April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      On further thought... there is also a protected wetland area in the northwest of Ponkapoag pond that is home to a number of endangered species. Access to this area is already very restricted due to the delicate nature of that ecosystem; that, combined with some of the narrower horse-frequented trails on the back side of the pond, makes me say that dogs really need to be leashed for that back third of the journey. I have a spare 6-foot or 30-foot leash if you want to borrow one. The front or "near" side of the pond has much wider trails and a great little beach, though, so we can make a point to spend some quality time there first if people would like some off-leash time... and then on the return path we will be crossing through some very broad/safe beach and field areas where off-leash would be safe (if not "legal") as well.

      April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Absolutely! Even though my dog generally runs free, I always carry a leash -- spooked horse, spooked child, spooky dog... you just never know. Time request -- please no early mornings!!

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! It looks like we have a lot of interest here! How does Saturday, May 10 (day before Mother's Day) or the weekend of May 17 & 18 work for any of you? Geez, time flies....

    April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually, I'm hosting a different pack walk on Mothers' Day weekend, so let's shoot for Sunday the 18th if that's ok?

      April 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If the time/date needs tweaking, I'm flexible!

      April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    that day works for me!

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    ..depending on the date...

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weekends work best for me. Open to most times.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Equus, I would be available Sat's after 2pm or anytime Sundays (besides Easter) My husband and I like to walk our dog there, but he's not always available. I'll join you

    April 12, 2014

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