Level 2-Moderate Hike
Before signing up for this event, please read the entire write-up and understand and agree to the enclosed Liability Waiver.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Sharon, MA, is the oldest property of the MA Audubon Society. It has 25 miles of hiking trails which range from easy strolls to difficult climbs. We will meet at the visitor center and yes, it does have restrooms. The MA Audubon Society charges a $4 per person fee to hike these trails.
For this meet up we will be hiking two separate sections of the sanctuary, Bluff Head and Hobbs Hill. The first section (Bluff Head) is approximately 4 1/2 scenic and sometimes challenging miles. Within the first mile and a half we will have climbed 130 feet by the time we reach the granite ledge at the summit of Bluff Head overlook. This hill has fantastic views to the west which we will be sure to take our time and enjoy (Patriots fans will enjoy the view). Don't worry though, because the climbing and scenery doesn't end here. We will encounter some more hills and strange structures before this section is complete.
The first section of the hike ends at the parking lot where we began so anyone who chooses not to hike the 2 ½ mile Hobbs Hill loop can head across the street to their car at this point. Hobbs Hill starts off easy enough but don't be deceived because the climbing is just ahead. This section may be shorter but there are plenty of hills to be climbed, the highest of which is the 342 foot Hobbs Hill.
Bluff Ledge should take us about 2 to 2 ½ hours while Hobbs Hill should take a bit more than an hour. We'll be hiking at a moderate pace so that, combined with the hills we'll be climbing, makes this a strenuous hike. Please keep that in mind before signing up for this hike. A good pair of hiking boots are highly recommended. Also, please bring water and snacks.
Directions: From Providence take 95N to exit 8 in MA. Take a right off the exit ramp onto Main Street and go approximately one mile. Turn left onto Moose Hill Street and drive about 1 1/2 miles until you see the Audubon Society building on your right. Park in the lot next to the building.
Liability Waiver: 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; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(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 reasons.