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Eastham Hiking Club season starts Sept. 5

The Eastham Hiking Club is set to begin its 2018-19 season.

Below are the September and October schedule, as well as the essential information for the group, which hikes the woods, dunes, beaches and dirt paths of Cape Cod from Yarmouth to Provincetown. Most of the hikes in the area from Wellfleet to Provincetown.

Hikes are led by group leaders Don Light, Mark McGrath, Bob Rabenold, and Chuck Thompson. EHC hikes Wednesdays, beginning immediately after Labor Day until the week before Memorial Day. The Club is an informal group that is free and open to anyone. EHC hikes every Wednesday at 9 a.m. No signup is required, just show up. Contact information and other details are below.

  • Sept. 5: Eastham, Salt Pond Visitors Center / Coast Guard Beach. Leader(s) — Don. Rte. 6, R at National Seashore Visitor Center, meet in parking lot. Walk around old Cedar Bank Golf Course on Nauset Marsh to Coast Guard Beach and return;

  • Sept. 12: Truro, Ballston Beach to Longnook. Carpool 8:20. Leader: Chuck. Rte. 6 to Truro, Pamet Roads exit , R then L to South Pamet Road, parking lot at end of road. Bearberry Hill, ocean cliffs, Longnook Beach and a long ocean beach walk;

  • Sept. 19: Wellfleet, Bound Brook Island. Carpool 8:15. Leader(s): Mark. Duck Harbor / Rt 6 L at Wellfleet Center lights, L at fork, go 3.2 miles. R at triangle in road, 1 mile to parking. Hike from Duck Harbor to Bound Brook Island. Visit historic houses and cemetery on wooded paths;

  • Sept. 26: Orleans, Nauset Beach / North. Leader(s): Don. Orleans Center, East on Main St. becomes Beach Rd. to Nauset Beach. Park at North end of parking lot. Hike beach north toward Nauset Marsh inlet and return via Nauset Marsh;

  • Oct. 3: Provincetown, Visitors Center / Old Harbor Station. Carpool 8:10. Leader(s): Chuck. Rte. 6 to Provincetown, R at first traffic light onto Race Point Rd. Visitors Center is 1.3 miles on right. Hike sand dunes and ocean beach to Old Harbor Life Saving Station. Lots of sand;

  • Oct 10: Wellfleet - Newcomb Hollow / 5 ponds. Carpool 8:25. Leader(s): Mark. Rte. 6, R on LaCount Hollow Rd (PB Boulangerie). L on Ocean View Drive to end at Newcomb Hollow Beach. Pass 5 ponds (Round, Slough, Horseleech, Herring and Williams). View high cliffs. Return via woodland trails;

  • Oct 17: Truro, Head of the Meadow / North. Carpool 8:15. Leader(s): Chuck. Rte. 6 to Truro. R at Head of the Meadow Rd. Go 1 mi bear left at fork to the NPS parking lot. Hike to Pilgrim Springs, then over dike to dunes and beach.

  • Oct. 24: Harwich, Hawksnest Park. Leader(s): Don. Rte. 6, Exit 11, L then 1st R on Spruce Road, Go 0.3 miles and park on left side of road just past fencing. Hike by several ponds on fire roads and woodland trails, including Harwich Conservation Land and cemetery;

  • Oct 31: Wellfleet, Griffin Island / Woods/Beach. Carpool 8:20. Leader(s): Chuck. Great Island Parking lot. Rte. 6, L at Wellfleet Center lights, L at Commercial Street, 3.2 miles, L at triangle to parking. Hike the paths along the Herring River estuary to bay cliffs and beach walk.

Most hikes are 2 hours with some extending to 2½. Participants walk at a decent pace to get a fair amount of exercise. The normal hikes have from 35 to 70 hikers.

Carpooling is encouraged. Drive on your own if you wish. On hikes that are beyond Eastham the club will schedule general carpools that will leave from the Stop & Shop near the Orleans rotary. As you enter the main parking lot at Stop & Shop, the meeting place is first area on the left. The schedule will state carpooling and give a time. The time on the schedule is the time that you should leave the Stop & Shop. Arrive at Stop & Shop before the designated time. There will be no leader there so make your own carpools. If there is no one there proceed to the starting location on your own.

CONTACTS: Don Light — 508-247-9887,; Mark McGrath — 508-432-3775,; Bob Rabenold — 508-255-6983, Chuck Thompson — 508-255-8081, E-mail for bi-monthly schedules and/or weekly hike report with maps.

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