|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Crystal Gorge Conservation Area, Crystal Point Conservation Area, MA|
||Ridge Trail, Porcupine Trail, Art's Trail, Olson Loop, unnamed trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, April 29, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Small parking lot, watch for rocks. Road side is permitted. |
||Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Gorge: There is a small bridge over a stream. There are some areas where vernal ponds have flooded the trail, probably won't be an issue in a month or so. Crystal Point had one small bridge over a little stream. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Good sign for the Gorge parking lot, not sure about the Point, we crossed the road and took a trail into the woods to get to it. Thanks, Haverhill. |
||Remember not to leave anything, especially if you live in Haverhill, your karma will come out of your faucet (Crystal Lake, along with Kenoza, supplies Haverhill's drinking water) in due time. |
||A few non-biting black flies. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lost items are in two categories 1. Liquor bottles 2. A sense of decency on the part of those who left them all over. ||
||For the Gorge: Ridge Trail, Porcupine Trail, Art's Trail, Olson Loop Crystal Point Trails were unnamed.|
Crystal Gorge is very pretty. Wear your boots, plenty of vernal pools, mud, etc. A few bluets. A great spring walk. Across the road and a few hundred yards down is the Crystal Point Conservation Area. This beautiful shore line has been marred by evidence of several campfire sites, several of which had broken bottles. All this right along the shore of a city's drinking water. A certain brand of beer was overrepresented; I'll give you one guess of the name (not Bud Lite, one with a more unpleasant - due to current events - connotation). Oh, the irony...
Still, it is a very pretty walk and a great one for waterfowl fans.
||Beckie and Prema |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.