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Coolidge Reservation Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A lollipop loop that heads from Bungalow Hill Trail past Clarke Pond up a mulch path to the Ocean Lawn mowed loop.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

96%

Runnable

60' 18 m

High

0' 0 m

Low

115' 35 m

Up

71' 22 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

This area is open Friday through Monday, sunrise to sunset. Signage is clear about when access is granted to the Ocean Lawn and to stay off the lawn cliffs to prevent erosion. Dogs are permitted in woodlands but NOT on Ocean Lawn.

Runner Notes

This is a scenic and secluded spot for a jog on a nice, wide path.

Description

This trail heads south from the Bungalow Hill Trail past Clarke Pond with beautiful, quiet stretches of forest along intertidal ponds. The trail is wide enough to walk side-by-side with someone and is relatively flat with pea gravel. After a hundred yards or so, you'll pass a lefthand turn for access to Magnolia Beach (Gray Beach). Continue on this path (staying to the right) until you arrive at the paved road.

Cross the road and continue on the mulch path up the hill. At the top of the hill, continue bending to the right as the views of the Ocean Lawn begin to unfold.

At this point, the trail is only a suggested, mowed route along the periphery of the lawn, but you're encouraged to explore the whole lawn and its sentinel beech trees with benches to sit and take it all in. Look to the west and southwest for gorgeous coastal views with the Boston skyline peeking out in the distance.

Flora & Fauna

Occasional deer, foxes, and rabbits can be seen here. Lots of Canada geese can be on the lawn depending on the time of year.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Bluebells emerging on the lawn on the Coolidge Reservation Trail
Apr 14, 2018 near Gloucester, MA
Entrance to the lawn on the Coolidge Reservation trail.
Apr 14, 2018 near Gloucester, MA
View of ocean from the lawn on the Coolidge Reservation Trail
Apr 14, 2018 near Gloucester, MA
Coolidge Reservation
Jan 28, 2020 near Gloucester, MA
Path to Ocean Lawn
Jan 28, 2020 near Gloucester, MA
Edge of Ocean Lawn
Jan 28, 2020 near Gloucester, MA

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