"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:
Annie at Ponks last summer.
• 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.