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Great Esker Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.9 mile 3.1 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 147' 45 m
Descent: -127' -39 m
High: 93' 28 m
Low: 7' 2 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Shawn Holland

A trail along the ridge of the Great Esker.

Shawn Holland

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

This trail is an old road (paved) along the ridge of the Great Esker, North America's highest esker at 94 ft. which was created 12,000 years ago during the last glacial retreat. Automobiles are no longer allowed on this road. The first 0.5 miles are level and not all that interesting.

At the 0.5-mile mark, the ascent to the top of the esker begins. At about the 0.85-mile mark there are connector trails to the Julia Road Playground parking lot which is at the end of Elva St. From there, the trail ascends to the highest point of the esker and then descends steeply towards the Osprey Overlook Park.

Flora & Fauna

Wood ducks, snowy egrets, great egrets, blue herons. This is also an osprey nesting area.

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Looking down at the Reversing Falls Marsh
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA
Egret waiting for the incoming tide
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA
View of the Reversing Falls Marsh from the high point of the Great Esker
Apr 22, 2018 near Weymouth, MA

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