Archive for February, 2019

Spencer West – Foster

  • Spencer West Property
  • Paine Road, Foster, RI
  • Trailhead:  41°49’5.28″N, 71°45’7.84″W
  • Last Time Hiked: February 2, 2019
  • Approximate distance hiked: 1.0 miles
  • Fairly easy with some slight elevation.

 

This white blazed loop trail, just under a mile long, starts at a steel gate near pole 36 along Paine Road. Parking is available along the road between poles 38 and 39. Following the dirt access road into the property you will soon come to a trail on the right. Follow this trail, it will you to Deer Pond. The white blazed trail crosses a small stream then will turn to the left back onto the access road. Look for the white blazes on the right. Turning right, follow the trail as it winds up and down small hills first through a grove of mountain laurel, then through an area of small boulders before reaching the back corner of the property. The trail sharply turns to the left traversing through the woods and scattered boulders back to the access road. Turning right you will follow the access road back to the entrance.

 

Map can be found at: Spencer West

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Mountain Laurel and Stone Walls

Tikkanen-Martin – Foster

 

This white blazed loop trail, just under a mile long, starts at a parking area just in from Kennedy Road at utility pole 49. Following the loop counter clockwise you will first slowly climb uphill along an old cart path flanked by stone walls. Among the pines and various deciduous trees were an abundance of black-capped chickadees. Near the back of the property the trail turns to the north for a bit before turning to the west traversing through a large wooded area before coming to a large grass field. For the remainder of the hike stay to the right following the edge of the field back to the parking area. Walking across the field is frowned upon as the Land Trust is trying to preserve the grasses here. Hunting is allowed here so be sure to wear orange.

 

Map can be found at: Tikkanen/Martin

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Field at Tikkanen/Martin Property

Maurie Dunbar Acres – Foster

 

This short out and back trail, following the shore and nearby wooded area, wraps around the southern end of Gorham Farm Pond in western Foster. The trail, aptly named Bird Watch Trail, offers opportunities to view several species of birds including owls and water foul. The trail is not blazed but is easy enough to follow. Nearby properties are posted with “No Trespassing” signs. Parking is minimal near utility pole 4-50.

 

Map can be found at: Maurie Dunbar Acres

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A Frozen Gorham Farm Pond