We'll hike approximately 5 mi in the two reservations and adjacent Town of Medfield Conservation Lands'
Duration: Approximately 3 hours, but please remember that this is an estimate and can vary greatly according to the group, weather and trail conditions. Don't sign up if you've scheduled something later in the day.
About Noon Hill
Ascend the hill to enjoy treetop vistas, amble around Holt Pond, or follow trails that leads through an adjacent Trustees reservation to the Charles River.
What makes Noon Hill a special place?
In the heart of historic Medfield, you can discover woodlands, waters-edge views of the Charles River, and abundant wildlife.
Wooded trails wind through the varied terrain of Noon Hill, making it perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. At 370 feet, Noon Hill rises gently above the surrounding landscape. Follow the short trail that leads to its peak and you'll be rewarded with sweeping views south across the rolling hills of Walpole and Norfolk. A loop trail around Holt Pond gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore freshwater habitat.
A short trail extension across Causeway Street connects Noon Hill to Shattuck Reservation (http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/shattuck-reservation.html). Both reservations are managed with adjacent conservation land owned by the Town of Medfield.
Spring brings a variety of migratory songbirds and wildflowers such as pink lady’s slippers and Canada mayflower. The properties and surrounding lands provide habitat for white-tailed deer, red fox, raccoon, and ruffed grouse. During the fall, Noon Hill makes a great place to watch the annual hawk migration, when raptors wing their way south for the winter.
Thousands of years ago, glacial action carved depressions through the hill. Exposed bedrock along the tops of the ridges is further evidence of the glacial activity that shaped the land. The reservation's slopes and ridges are forested with pine, beech, birch, and hemlock; in spring, the forest floor is scattered with wildflowers. From the height of Noon Hill, the land slopes gently toward the Charles River and its tributary, the Stop River. Many lowland areas have become red maple swamps, and much of the land to the north and east of the Reservation is floodplain of the Stop River, a tributary of the Charles River.
4.5 miles of trails. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places. Noon Hill is a link in the Bay Circuit Trail.
About Shattuck Reservation
The forest has reclaimed this centuries-old pasture land along the Charles, where trails poke out to the river’s lovely views. A paddler’s favorite.
What makes Shattuck Reservation a special place?
This small reservation is made up of a forested upland neck of oak and pine overlooking a wet meadow and red maple swamp. Follow a trail lead to a lookout across the Charles River to Marshview Point, a 10-acre finger of upland nearly surrounded by floodplain.
Like adjacent Noon Hill, Shattuck Reservation’s old stone walls indicate that it was once 19th-century pasture. Look for a trail link across Causeway Street connecting Shattuck Reservation to Noon Hill (http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/noon-hill.html).
Shattuck Reservation is part of a network of Trustees properties linked by the Charles River.
1.5 mile loop trail with side trails. Moderate walking. Trail extension across Causeway Street connects Shattuck Reservation to 4 miles of trails at Noon Hill (http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/noon-hill.html).
I have no way of knowing trail conditions ahead of time. Use your own judgment. I give preference to those who hike with me on a regular basis, don’t have a history of not showing up or cancelling on the day of the hike, don’t whine or otherwise give me a hard time and whom I know can handle the terrain and pace. Anyone with recurrent "No Shows" or about whom I have received complaints from fellow hikers will not be accepted. If you haven't hiked with me before, add yourself to the waitlist if you can adhere to these basic prerequisites.
Please don't RSVP "Yes" unless you really intend to come. I am committed to being there for you. If you are not equally committed to being there then please don't sign up.
Please note this is not a beginners’ hike. It is for intermediate level hikers and beginning hikers who keep in fit condition doing other things. You should be in good enough physical condition to keep up and stay with the group going at a moderate pace. Please do not show up for an event unexpected or unprepared.Bring water, hiking boots (not sneakers), bug spray and lunch/snacks. Protect yourself against deer ticks and dress in layers.
This is a group event and participants are expected to follow the lead, stay together, stop at junctions or summits, and support all participants should circumstances require teamwork. We start together and finish together. If you decide to leave the group at any time, you are on your own. We hike in light rain or showers, but heavy rain or extreme temperature cancels.
No dogs and no guests are allowed on hikes. Have your guest join the group so they can agree to the liability waiver and attend an event.
By signing up and/or attending this hike you agree to the Liability Waiver Below:
Remember: I am a volunteer. You are solely responsible for your own safety and enjoyment. As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; the organizer(s) of this activity is a volunteer; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify organizer(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reason.
Noon Hill Road
Medfield, MA 02052
Get directions on Google Maps. (http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=42.16483342630,-71.31853900880)
From I-95/Rt. 128: Exit 16B onto Rt. 109 West. Follow into center of Medfield. From intersection of Rts. 27 and 109 in Medfield, take Rt. 109 West for 0.1 mi. and immediately turn left onto Causeway St. Follow for 1.3 mi. and turn left onto Noon Hill Rd. Entrance and parking (15 cars) on right