This past weekend, Mom finally felt like she was kicking her head cold, so she pulled out the trail map, tempted me into the car, and decided we’d go to a little corner of the Reservation we hadn’t explored before: the Quincy Quarries Historic Site.
This place is like nothing else we’ve encountered in the Blue Hills.
The rocks are really tall.
And, for some reason, people like to hang off ledges while wearing leashes.
After we watched the people playing on the sides of the rocks for a while, we wandered along a short boardwalk. It brought us around to the back side of the big rocks and started looking a little more like the Blue Hills I’m used to.
Trying to Find Wampatuck Road
We came out from behind the rocks right along the access road to the athletic fields. Mom wanted to get more miles in, so we crossed Ricciuti Drive and found the entrance to Quarries Foot Path. On the trail map, this path is a dotted line, which means it’s a narrow trail.
We went off-trail so many times! With all the fallen branches and lack of foot traffic this winter, it was really hard to follow.
This moss-covered spot near the edge of a steep drop off was a good place to rest and get our bearings.
At one point, Mom had to pull out her phone to see where we were in relation to Wampatuck Road. Turns out, we were pretty far off track on a side trail that isn’t even on the trail map. But, she knew if we kept going in our general direction we’d end up at Sawcut Notch Path. And, that’s exactly what we did!
When we came out at Wampatuck Road, we crossed the street and tried walking clockwise around the northernmost St. Moritz Pond. No go. The trail was full of thorns and eventually stopped altogether, so we had to turn around. We did see two turtles basking on a rock, though.
Getting onto the Green Dot Trail
We circled the southernmost part of St. Moritz Ponds and then took Murphy Path to the Pipe Line trail. (This is the green dot trail that starts at Shea Rink.) There are still some pretty big trees down on some trails. This one fell on the Pipe Line trail. But, we got around it, no problem.
To stay on the green dot trail, we crossed Wampatuck Road (again). This trail is called Indian Camp Trail. It is one of our favorites! You never know what you might see—like this label on a trailside tree. I wonder who put it there…
When it was time to head back to the car, we turned right at marker 4091 onto Crags Foot Path, where we saw this. It’s always nice to see a friendly face on the trail.
A Different Route Home
Once we made it back to Wampatuck Road, Mom decided to take a different route back to the car. We wound our way down the sidewalk to Bunker Hill Lane and a shortcut that would take us back to Quincy Quarries. With all the maps posted at the trailhead, we didn’t have to worry about getting lost.
Along the way, we saw many signs of spring.
I wonder what we’ll see next time!