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Eastham Hiking Club's winter walks

Mark McGrath leads an Eastham Hiking Club walk in Provincetown in 2015.

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.

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