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Caryl Park - Noanet Peak Loop

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An easier lollipop-style loop to the summit of Noanet Peak from Caryl Park in Dover.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

94%

Runnable

364' 111 m

High

147' 45 m

Low

260' 79 m

Up

260' 79 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

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Dogs prohibited from entering Caryl Park from Caryl Loop lot.

Overview

This run is a great bang-for-your-buck option to stretch the legs and get a short workout with a rewarding view. It utilizes the Caryl Loop, Noanet Peak Trail, and a few unmarked connectors around the summit. Expect to see some trail users during weekends or in the spring and fall, but don't be surprised if you find yourself alone for a good portion of the run.

Need to Know

Open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Description

From Caryl Park in Dover, find the trailhead for the Caryl Loop as it heads south through the woods and past a few houses. Just past the boulder, at intersection 3, turn right (south) onto the yellow-blazed Noanet Peak Trail. Here, you'll begin the gradual climb. Keep an eye out for rocks and roots.

Just under a mile from the trailhead, keep an eye out for intersection 6 and the unmarked Noanet Peak Direct trail. There are a few unmarked trails in this area. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app to navigate or keep heading up to the southeast to find the summit. Worse comes to worst, you'll hit the Noanet Peak Trail, which you can follow up to the summit. On a clear day, you'll find a view overlooking Noanet Woodlands and Hale Reservation and the chance to spot the Boston skyline beyond. This high point also marks the halfway point.

Staying on the Noanet Peak Trail, head left (north) along the ridge as the trail descends toward Mill Pond. Here you'll find an old dam and mill site. Continue north on the Caryl Loop back toward Caryl Park and the trailhead parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Thrushes, warblers, tanagers, orioles, hawks, painted turtles, frogs, marsh marigold, pink lady's slipper, etc.

History & Background

Native American hunting ground, mill/dam site, and preserved space. Most recently, this land was purchased by Amelia Peabody in 1923 and donated for preservation after her death in 1984.

Contacts

Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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Photos

Distant views of the Boston skyline with the Noanet Woodlands in the foreground
Aug 27, 2017 near Dover, MA
Two dogs enjoying a nice day on the trail
Aug 27, 2017 near Dover, MA
A yorkie on Noanet Peak
Aug 27, 2017 near Dover, MA

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