This was a hastily planned hike and all I had for a trail map was the one I found on the internet. It was lacking detail and I should have taken supplemental maps with me, at least one for Bradley Palmer, but I did not. This proved to be a mistake as I went off the DHT somewhere in BPSP. By the time I realized my error, I was too far from the missed turn to backtrack and continue on the missed section. It wasn't a big deal but I did miss the only climb of the hike which would have taken me over Blueberry Hill and Moon Hill.
I was happy to leave the hot pavement behind and escape to the green solitude of the Appleton Farm Grass Rides. The wealthy once rode in their carriages along these rolling paths. Now, I was enjoy the soft dirt under my feet after the long road walk. Once I left Appleton, I was less than two miles from the finish. I entered Harvard Forest to return on the trail that I had missed when I left the Town Hall at the start of my hike.
Pinnacle at the intersection of five trails in Appleton.
It was obvious this section of the DHT has seen little use as the trail was rather overgrown and a clear path was not visible. As the trail descended, it became wet in many spots. When I crossed a newly constructed footbridge the trail became even wetter and soon it disappeared completely under deep water. There was a great deal of rain in the area during the week which turned this section of trail into a swampy mess. There was no way through or around the flooded area so I backtracked and finished up the hike on the same road I had started it.
The not so traveled path. The (sort of) Discover Hamilton Trail Loop
More DHT hike photos here .
This video comes to an unplanned end when my camera battery died a few minutes before I ran into the impassable section of trail.