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Vernal Pool Loop

Intermediate
 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Gentle, rolling inclines are the stone-packed remains of rivers that once ran under, in, and over glaciers.


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1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Loop

355' 108 m

High

292' 89 m

Low

99' 30 m

Up

99' 30 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildlife

Family Friendly The Nature Center has a Nature Play Area.

Overview

The gentle, rolling inclines along this hike are the stone-packed remains of rivers that once ran under, in, and over glaciers. Depending on the season, you may see full pools with masses of jelly-like eggs clinging to branches or dwindling pools with frog and salamander tadpoles racing to metamorphose.

Description

Head out on this short and scenic loop in a clockwise direction from the Nature Center parking area. Check out The Boulders at the northeast corner of the loop before returning along the eastern border, parallel to Upland Road.

Contacts

Local Club: Mass Audubon

Land Manager: Massachusetts Audubon

Shared By:

Heather Cooper

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Greeting Tree at trailhead.
Nov 18, 2016 near Sharon, MA
Big Pool.
Nov 18, 2016 near Sharon, MA

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