November 8, 2009
It was an early Sunday morning that I hiked along the Mashpee River. Parking in the small lot off Quinaquisset Ave, I first walked about 20 minutes down and back along the west side of the river. The trail along the east side of the river requires crossing the power line and following the trail into the woods back twoard Route 28.
This part of the trail takes you back toward Route 28.
On the other side the river begins it’s run to Martha’s Vineyard Sound.
Once over the river the trail turns left into a tall stand of pine trees. The property here is owned by the Trustees of Reservations.
Quickly the river comes into view as it begins to open up.
At the river the trail turns right an begins to parallel the water.
There are several small streams that flow from the east into the river. Footbridges and plank walkways cross four of these small waterways withing the first 10 minutes of entering the Trustees of Reservations land.
Once past the final bridge the trail moves away from the river, but it can still be seen through the trees at this time of year.
The path in this area is easy walking and rolls over the undulating hills looking down at the river.
Not too much further along I came to this bench. The view down the river to the south from here is one of the best.
The trail then turns back away from the river again into the woods.
The trail merges with the River Road.
There are side numerous side paths. Most go down toward the water.
A little further along the River Road as side road branches off to the right. About 200 yards down this road there is a small pond to the right and a trail that branches off to the right.
Fighting my way along the trail to the right I came to this bench.
Turning back from the green bench and it’s trail, I found a small trail the went in the opposite direction. This area was broken up with channels that appeared to have been a part of cranberry bogs long ago. I found a small plank bridge and fought my way along an overgrown trail.
The trail ended once over this small plank bridge. I decided to do a bit of bushwacking as the woods were open and easy walking. Most of the channels were small. In some places there was old piping within these channels.
I came across two picnic benches and a platform in the trees.
This board was used to cross one of the culverts at one time, but the wood was too weak to use.
On the other side of this culvert was this platform in the trees.
Unable to get across the maze of channels and culverts in the area, I backtracked around the small pond and back out to the River Road.
I found this rusted something along the trail.
I came to a junction of the River Road and the Timber Landing Road. The River Road continues south toward Amos Landing on property of the OrendaWildlife Trust.
I turned right and followed the trail about 50 yards before finding the trail marker of Cape Cod Pathways. Not far down this path I found this bench.
This path is not known as Tick Trail. But I called it Tick Trail. After coming to a “T” I took the path to the left. The river had come into view as I fought my way along an increasingly overgrown trail.
There are ticks in the woods of the Cape. I’ve found them in most places, however, never before to the extent they found me along this trail. After returning to the “T” in this trail I stopped and with my knife removed 44 ticks from by clothes.
Following the path that traveled to the right I came to a very nice view point.
I was an hour into my hike at this point and needed to be home before noon. At this point I made the decision to turn around. I had walked nearly two miles, but knew the return trip would be quicker without all the side trips I had already made.
Back on the River Road near the inlet from the river I noticed something that I had missed before. There were what appeared to be the remains of an old bridge.
Near the above bridge supports rests this old rusted vehicle. Hunters have used it as a target.
There is evidence of where the ground had once been graded in an area where the bridge possibly intersected with the River Road. The bridge cut off a corner of the current River Road.
Back near the parking area I noticed this nest on one of the poles on the power lines.
It was a warm 59 degree day with no wind. I walked almost four miles in two hours and 20 minutes and never once ran into another person. The only sounds other than the river and the birds, was the traffic on Route 28 during the brief time it took to cross over to the east side of the river.
There is more trail further south and someday when I have more time I’ll explore them.
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