East Head Pond/Reservoir
Myles Standish State Forest
October 25, 2009
The Myles Standish State Forest is roughly 14, 635 acres of multy-use land that stretches across Plymouth and Carver. On this Sunday morning, Chris and I drove to one of our favorite hikes near the Carver entrance, East Head Pond, which is also known as East Head Reservoir. This three-mile loop trail around the 92-acre pond begins at the park headquarters where there are maps available as well as any updated information necessary for the hiker.
Behind and to the left of this information board is the trailhead if you wish to hike it in a clockwise direction as we did.
Right away there are views of East Head Pond. On this day it was 62 degrees, no wind and mostly sunny.
The trail runs along the shore of the pond most of the way up the west side.
There are frequent side paths down to the water. We took several, and every time we did Chris wished he had brought along his fishing pole.
The trail was easy to follow and is marked with blue arrows on trees.
About 20 minutes into the hike a side path to the right takes you to a point of land the projects midway into the pond offering nice views and a place to stop for a break.
It is a short walk out to the point, with more views along the way.
The trail soon meets up with a road and travels along it for about 50 yards.
It re-enters the woods at this rock.
Almost immediately after re-entering the woods, there are some trees forming an arch down to the water.
There are still some fall colors on the trees and bushes.
The trail once again wanders along the shoreline.
The westside trail does become wet for a little bit, but walkways cross the swampy area.
The point was visible to the south from this path down to the water.
Chris stands next to this pine tree which more than four feet in diameter.
The path moved away from the water and crosses another swampy area.
There are three separate walkways and a plank walkway through this area.
The west side of the East Pond hike ends at these three cement posts. The trail then turns rights and walks along an open cut.
The trail re-enters at a blue marker on a large pine tree after about 50 yards. It took us about an hour to this point.
Chris leads the way. On this side of the pond the trail wanders further inland and there are stands of tall pine.
This is a view from the east side looking across at the point.
Most views of the water from this side are through the trees.
The construction of this bridge looks very recent.
This big oak tree caught my attention. I took several pictures from different angles.
This swampy area looks like it might once have been land. There are still stumps standing in the middle.
There is a nice stretch of small white pines as the trail briefly turns away from the water.
A last look across this boggy inlet toward the pond.
The three-mile loop trail ends at Fearing Pond Road, a short walk to the Park Headquarters. If you were to walk the trail counter-clockwise, this sign would indicate where the trail entered the woods.
There is a small dam that no longer appears to be functional. A new culvert has been cut beside it to allow water from East Head Pond to flow out and into the cranberry bogs to the south.
A final look at East Head Pond from the top of the old dam.
With some brief side trips, our hike took an hour and 50 minutes. This loop is popular in the summer with walkers and dogs. There are also signs that a few riders may have strayed off the bridle paths.
Once back at the truck, we took a look at the map and decided to explore a little more of Myles Standish State Forest. There is plenty of room to wander and we found a few spots to which we’ll probably return.
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