Rocky Woods Loop
ElevationAscent: 408' 124 m
Descent: -407' -124 m
High: 423' 129 m
Low: 227' 69 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“The recommended outer loop run at Rocky Woods with rewarding viewpoints and access to Chickering and Echo Ponds.”— Zander Göpfert
The majority of the trails at Rocky Woods are wide and well maintained without too many major obstacles to look out for. Given the number of wetlands in the area, you'll also find a footbridge around Echo Pond and numerous opportunities to spot wildlife that live or congregate around the ponds. These four man-made ponds are also open to catch-and-release fishing.
Retrace your steps back to intersection 4 and turn right (west) to continue in the counterclockwise direction of this loop. After a hundred feet or so, turn right onto the Ridge Trail. This trail is part of the yellow-blazed loop, which is made up of multiple trails. Begin this climb with the option to explore a short spur on the left for another viewpoint.
Continue heading southwest on the yellow-blazed section of the Ridge Trail, until you arrive at intersection 7. Here, turn right toward intersection 8, as you head toward the western boundary of the reservation on the Wilson Swamp Trail (staying to the right at intersection 8). This section is blazed in blue.
The Wilson Swamp Trail bends to the southwest along the border of the reservation with a nice, flat grade. At intersection 10, turn left to continue onto Cheney Pond Trail, which is also part of the blue-blazed loop. At intersection 13, you have the opportunity to turn left onto the blue-blazed section of the Ridge Trail toward June Pond. However, this loop run continues south to intersection 14 where it begins the return stretch eastward on the East and West Trail and Echo Pond Trail. Back at intersection 1, turn right to return to the gatehouse and main parking area.
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Land Manager: The Trustees of Reservations - Rocky Woods Reservation