3/21/12

Pan-Ipswich Challenge

The 3nd Annual Essex County Trails Association Pan - Ipswich Challenge is a 20 mile walk that will be held on Saturday May 5th, 2012. Start on the trail from Hood Pond to Linebrook Road where you join the Bay Circuit Trail. Depart the main trail on a spur that crosses Topsfield - Ipswich Road . Cross the Ipswich River on the footbridge and continue, following the Discover Hamilton Trail. This will take you through Bradley Palmer State Park, crosses Highland Street and continues through the Pingree Reservation and Appleton Farms Grass Rides. From there the route passes through Appleton Farms, New England Biolabs' Proctor Estate, Maplecroft Trail and continues along Argilla Road to Steep Hill at Crane Beach.Read more and sign up at the ECTA site.

Pan Ipswich Trail walk start: dirt parking lot off Rt. 97 on the right just before Hood Pond

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Take wide trail from parking lot to footpath near pond
Cross Linebrook (Rowley) Rd. from Hood Pond and follow Bay Circuit Trail
Continue past signs 68/69, 66, 65, 64 and 62
Cross Rt. 1 and continue near West Rd. at signpost 61
Continue on ECTA Footbridge over beaver swamp.Signposts 40, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
At signpost 6, leave Bay Circuit Trail and continue past posts 50, 31, 22, 42
Cross Topsfield Rd. on foot bridge into Bradley Palmer SP
Begin following "Discover Hamilton Trail"
At wide trail, take foot path from signpost 5.
Continue to signpost 26, 27, 28, around Moon Hill through open field
Follow signs 39, 40, 56, 57, 59, 60, 62 to sign 63 at park road
Left on park road then take trail signs 70, 75, 68, 69, continuing on Discover Hamilton Trail through park
Right on Highland St. across from Pingree School
Left on driveway to Pingree Reservation Trail , continue parallel to driveway
Cross Cutler Rd., exit Pingree Reservation to Appleton Farms Grass Rides
Continue straight at Pinnacle. Pasture will be on left
Left on at T where trail meets hillside
Exit into field, follow Grass Rides field trail near parking area and into Appleton Farms
Right on Appleton Farms farm road, cross tracks on wooden bridge over commuter rail
Left on farm road after crossing wooden rail bridge
Take farm road on right and continue to Rt. 1A
Cross Rt. 1 to New England Biolabs (Proctor Estate) trails
Follow Biolabs Driveway, then right on footpath
Right on Fellows Rd. then immediately left on Upland Rd.
Right on Rt. 133
Left onto Maplecroft Farm trail across from Candlewood Rd.
Right on Argilla Rd. and continue two miles on road shoulder.
Left toward Crane Castle, then left on trail beside marsh
Join estate road out to Crane Beach Steep Hill section.
End, with view of Little Neck across Ipswich River and Bay

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