• Don Wilding

Eastham Hiking Club's winter walks

The Eastham Hiking Club has set its schedule through February. Hikes start on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., are FREE and open to the public; rain/heavy snow CANCELS. Hikes are 4 to 6-1/2 miles in 2 to 2-1/2 hours on wooded paths with some soft sand and hills.

Dec. 21: Brewster – Nickerson Flax Pond Rd. Leader(s): Don & Bob. Route 6A to state park. Take first left off entrance road to end of Flax Pond Road. Walk woodland trails around Higgins, Little Cliff and Cliff Ponds. Dec. 28: Wellfleet ~ Bound Brook Island, 2 1⁄4 Hrs, Carpool 8:15. Leader(s): Chuck. Duck Harbor ~ Rt 6 L at Wellfleet Center lights, L at fork, go 3.2 m. R at triangle in road, 1 mi. to parking. Hike from Duck Harbor to Bound Brook Is. Visit historic houses and cemetery on wooded paths.

Jan. 4: Provincetown — Visitors Center, Ocean, 5 shacks area ~ Carpool 8:10. Leader(s): Mark. Route 6 to Provincetown, R at first traffic light onto Race Point Rd., Visitors Center is 1.3 miles on right. Walk in the area of sand dunes, 5 dune shacks, and the ocean.

Jan 11: Wellfleet - Marconi Station, White Cedar Swamp, Cook's Cottage. Leader(s): Don & Bob. Route 6, R at Marconi light. Take first left past NPS Headquarters building to end of road. Hike through Marconi Wireless site, along cliffs and woodlands to White Cedar Swamp trail and back.;

Jan. 18: Truro – East Harbor (Pilgrim Lake) Dunes & Beach (Car Pool 8:15) 2 ½ hrs. Leader(s): Chuck. Exit Route 6 at High Head Road. Take first left fork onto dirt road to parking lot at end. Soft sand, over dunes along the back side of East Harbor to a vista, past dune shack to ocean return.

Jan 25: Truro — Ballston Beach, North — Carpool 8:20 Leader(s): Don & Bob. Route 6 to Truro, Pamet Roads exit, R then L to South Pamet Rd., parking lot at end of road. Bearberry Hill, north ocean cliffs, Ball estate, Old Kings highway and cranberry bog.

Feb. 1: Provincetown — MacMillan Wharf West — Carpool 8:05 Leader(s): Mark. Route 6 to Provincetown. Park & meet in the parking lot on MacMillan Wharf, Commercial Street, center of town. Hike the beach behind west Commercial St.

Feb 8: Provincetown — Beech Forest & Clapps Pond — 2.5 hrs. Carpool 8:10 — Leader(s): Don & Bob. Route 6 to Provincetown, R at first traffic light onto Race Point Rd. Beech Forest lot 1/2 mile on left. Walk Beech Forest, high dunes, smallpox cemetery and around Clapp's Pond.

Feb. 15: Wellfleet - Griffin Island – Woods/Beach Leader(s): Chuck. Great Island Parking lot — Route 6, L at Wellfleet Center lights, L at Commercial St., 3.2m, L at triangle to parking. Hike the paths along the Herring River estuary to bay cliffs and beach walk.

Feb. 22: Truro — Highland Light. Carpool, 8:15. Leader(s): Chuck. Route 6, R to South Highland Rd. (1/4 mi after school on R,), 1.5 mi. to R on Highland Light Rd., parking lot on R. Hike to Highland Light and along woodland trails.

LEADER: Don Light 508-247-9887,

Co-leaders: Mark McGrath (508) 432-3775, Bob Rabenold (508) 255-6983, Chuck Thompson 508-255-8081. Emails:;; Email for bi-monthly schedules and/or weekly hike report with maps. Carpooling is optional; meet at Orleans (south of rotary) Stop & Shop, left lot off main entrance.


© 2020 by Don Wilding.


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