|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Beach Pond, RI|
||Pachaug Trail, Canonicus Trail, Tippecansett Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 2, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There is a big lot at the beach on the north side of Route 165 on the Rhode Island side of the line, and just across the street there is a smaller lot. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||There are many small ones. After yesterday's full day of rain (mostly), some were a bit trickier than usual. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||There are more blowdowns than usual this spring, including some of impressive size and configuration. Some of the blowdowns are obscuring trail blazes and even the trails themselves, so attention to route finding is important. |
||Have fun guys and stay with your two-legged friends. It wouldn't be hard to get lost here. |
||There were some flying insects but none were biting. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is a nice 8 1/2 mile loop hike. There is a lot of beautiful forest, some rock formations and scrambling, some dirt road walking type trail sections, the big pond (Beach Pond), and a smaller pond (Tippecansett Pond). At a couple of vernal pools, many frogs were croaking.|
I took the side trail to Wildcat Spring, a short detour to a minimally exciting destination. To my surprise there were some trail changes. It looks like some dirt bikers made a new trail and blazed it rusty red. After turning off the Tippecansett Trail at the single white blaze, I followed this trail for a while until I figured out it was the wrong one. Backtracking, I saw an unmarked trail back near the start of the side trail- this is probably the one that goes to the spring, but I couldn't be bothered with it at that point.
It was a great spring hiking day, low 40s and partly cloudy to start, mid 50s and mostly sunny with a breeze to end.
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.