The Town of Barnstable’s Land Acquisition & Preservation Committee (LAPC) proudly announces its Spring Walking Series from Friday April 14 through Monday April 17, 2017.
The walks are as follows:
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10 am: CROOKED CARTWAY-BIRDS & MUSHROOMS
Description: This 3 mile, 2 hour walk is a ramble through the West Barnstable Conservation Area in search of mushrooms below and birds above.
Rating: Flat to somewhat hilly terrain, easy pace. Good walking shoes, binoculars, and good tick prevention recommended. Heavy rain cancels.
Directions: Take Route 149 (N or S) to the rotary at Cape Cod Airport (Marstons Mills). Go west on Race Lane for 1.1 miles. Take the right onto Crooked Cartway and go to end.
Walk Leader: LAPC member Janet Crystal firstname.lastname@example.org and LAPC Vice Chair Farley Lewis email@example.com
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 3 pm: SANDY NECK SPRING WETLAND WALK
Description: This is a 1.5 miles , 2 hour walk through the rich and diverse wetlands of Sandy Neck Beach from shallow dune swales to the cranberry bogs of the maritime forests. Hikers will look for signs of early spring activity including plants, invertebrates, breeding amphibians and the elusive and rare Spadefoot Toad.
Rating: Light hike, not very strenuous, but be prepared to get muddy and wet. Rain/muck boots and bug spray highly recommended.
Directions: Follow Route 6A west towards Sandwich, turn left onto Sandy Neck Road. Follow until the end. Park in the gravel parking lot on the left hand side near the garage. Hikers wil meet at the Gatehouse Parking Lot.
Walk Leader: Town of Barnstable’s Sandy Neck naturalist Sean Kortis firstname.lastname@example.org 508-362-8300
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9 am: HIPPIE HILL
Description: This 1.5 mile, 2 hour rugged terrain walk will take you to an excellent outlook 200 feet to Nantucket Sound.
Rating: Hilly, pace dependent on group.
Directions: Take Route 149 (N or S) to rotary at Cape Cod Airport (Marstons Mills). Go west on Race Lane for 1.1 miles. Take right onto Crooked Cartway. Drive to end and park in gravel parking lot.
Walk Leader: Cape Land Compact Director Mark Robinson email@example.com
Sunday, April 16 at 10 am: OOLD NECK LANE WALK
Description: This 1 mile, 1 hour walk features both natural history and Cape Cod history. This walk will cross through a typical Cape Cod pine/oak forest. Hikers will see evidence of how the Cape was carved out by glaciers and remnant of old stone walls from the early agricultural life of Barnstable.
Rating: Very hilly landscape.
Directions: Meet at Cape Cod Community College Parking Lot #7. The entrance to the College is north of Exit 6 (Mid Cape Highway) on Route 132.
Walk Leader: Barnstable Land Trust’s Red Bansfield firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 17 at 7 am: HATHAWAY’S POND CONSERVATION AREA BIRD & NATURE WALK
Description: This is not a hike. It is a slow paced nature and bird walk. Families are welcome but please NO DOGS. This is a 1.2 miles, 2 hour walk around Hathaway’s Pond, a kettle pond set in a typical pitch pine and oak forest. It is a great area to look for and hear early spring migrants including ospreys, rufous sided towhee, pine warblers and more. It is also a prime spot for the state flower, trailing arbutus or mayflower which should be in bud if not blooming. The walk will circle the pond, a micro version of what the glacier left behind, and visit a vernal pool, stopping at several nice overlooks.
Rating: Uneven terrain, easy pace.
Directions: Hathaway’s Pond is located off Phinney’s Lane on the Hyannis/Barnstable Village line. From Exit 6 (Mid Cape Highway) go towards Hyannis. Take a left at Phinney’s Lane. Follow north towards Route 6A. The entrance will be about 1/4 mile down on the left. Follow the entrance road to the beach parking lot.
Walk Leader: Mary Richmond – 508-367-8861 email@example.com
Monday, April 17 at 10 am: WOODS TO GREAT MARSH
Description: This is a 4 mile, 2 hour walk through the Old Jail Lane Conservation Area and th Audubon’s Great Marsh wildlife Sanctuary. Hikers will explore the varied ecosystems of cape Cod on a walk through the woods on ancient roads to historic 6A and across to the Sanctuary.
Rating: Moderate terrain and pace. Expect ticks and poison ivy and guard against appropriately. Havy rain cancels the walk.
Directions: Meet at the parking lot on Old Jail Lane at 9:45 am for a 10 am start. Access Old Jail Lane off Phinney’s Lane or Route 6A. Parking area is approximately 1/2 mile from either end.
Walk Leader: LAPC member Elissa Crowley firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 17 at 2 pm: TRAIL OF TEARS
Description: This is a 2 miles, 1.5 hour walk on the moraine of the Cape, over paths used by mountain bikers.
Rating: Challenging, fairly strenuous, hilly, rocky and lumpy with tree roots.
Directions: Meet at the parking lot of the Service Road under the power lines.
Walk Leader: LAPC member Kris Clark email@example.com 508-776-7522