The Quiet Side: WFTA Monthly Walk is On for 2 pm Today, March 5
Today, Sunday, March 5 at 2 pm, please join WFTA for its monthly walk, this time covering parts of two Conservation areas. Yours truly, the Owl, in her guise as a WFTA trustee, will lead intrepids on a challenging 3 mile-ish hike through College Pond and Ogilvie Forest conservation properties which are linked by connector trails across Concord Road. Snow, cronchy or slushy, shall not stop us. WFTA has been hosting Sunday walks for over sixty years so a bit of weather isn’t going to stop us.
Please be aware that the challenge level has moved up due to the snow conditions, and you should be sure that you are comfortable traveling on foot in this situation. The Owl checked out the trail on Friday morning and on Saturday, and it is alternatively slippery, wet, root-y and snowy. Basically, it’s a lot of fun but I would suggest bringing your yak trax or cleats, walking poles, and waterproof boots. Your sense of humor is mandatory.
We’ll start out in College Pond’s conservation area, bought by the town in 1977, and pass over an Eagle Scout boardwalk on our way to Concord Road and Ogilvie Town Forest. Graced with narrow trails and somewhat rooty water crossings, the quiet side of Ogilvie beckons with vernal pools and white pine nurseries. We’ll cross a couple of other wetland areas on our way back to College Pond. Park at Burchard Park near the tennis courts. Please note that the dam over College Pond is impassable due to high water at this time so my plans for Merriam Barn bonus footage have been foiled.
All ages are welcome. Dogs are also welcome but must be leashed. Walkers need not be Weston Forest and Trail Association members, but we encourage you to consider joining at www.westonforesttrail.org, as dues support the maintenance of Weston’s trails and open spaces.
This was a great hike, and an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The more you explore the varied environments the WFTA trails offer, the more you see there is to like!