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Brew pond

Brewster Ponds

USGS Map:           Harwich

Sketch Map of Route

Trailheads:        

1. Brewster town parking lot on Sheep Pond, at the end of Fishermen's Landing Road, east off Route l24 in Brewster.

2. Punkhorn Parklands parking lot at the end of Run Hill Road in Brewster.

3. Parking area at the intersection of the utility right of way and Great Fields Road in Brewster.

Guide:

A longer title for this hike would be:  "Seven ponds and three bogs in Brewster."  Altogether, it encompasses ten miles. You may not want to hike the whole thing, therefore alternative
trailheads are given above to permit spotting cars for a shuttle.

Be sure to identify all the ponds.  You are parked at the first, Sheep Pond, but you will leave it immediately.  Walk back up the road from the parking lot and turn left on the road marked
"Jolly's Crossing."  It takes you through a little residential area, then the road surface changes to gravel and dirt.

The road now is Storrow Road, labeled as such at the other end.  It is still a public road.  In about 0.3 miles you will be at Crowell's Bog Road, also with a dirt surface, and also a public road.

Just to your left, a dirt road goes down to a large cranberry bog on Long Pond.  A small "No Trespassing" sign is at the beginning.  What to do?  The local hiking clubs ignore it and
continue on to walk around the bog.  Is that allowed?

Legally, no; practically, yes.  We are obliged to say that you may not trespass on private property.  Having said this, we also know that some bog owners do not object to ecologically-minded walkers touring around their bogs.

Except, of course, during harvest season, or any other time that they are working on the bog.  And even during the dormant season, you absolutely may not walk on the bog, pick any
cranberries, or fool around with the sluice gates or the pumphouse.

Bog owners are understandably nervous about possible vandalism.  Granted, a group of respectable-looking walkers may appear harmless, but the owner cannot be sure of that.  The
solution would be for the town and owners to agree on proper conditions of access, and appropriate signage.

Turning right on Crowell's Bog Road takes you through an area still in the process of residential development, then on down to the Brewster town beach on Long Pond.  That's pond number
two.  Walk the short stretch of paved road past Black Pond on your left (number three), back to Route l24, Harwich Road.

Cross Route 124 carefully.  It's a busy road, and cars zoom along.  On the other side is the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Go south, staying to the right on the dirt path.  To your right is Seymour
Pond (number four).  The trail crosses Route l24, then parallels the shore of Long Pond.

Just before you get to the herring run, an opening will appear in the wood railing on the west side of the paved trail. A telephone pole is right there, with metal letters "101" nailed
on.  Walk down to explore the herring run, if you wish, then return to pole 101.

Directly opposite, across Route 124, a narrow road heads west right past the yards and driveways of two houses.  There is no street sign at the intersection.  Nevertheless, it is Seymour Road, a public road in the Town of Brewster.

Walk west, past summer cabins, and then just past the ditch between Seymour Pond and Hinckleys Pond, take the left hand road at the fork.  This will be another tour of a cranberry bog, and an especially scenic detour.  But if you choose to omit it, take the right road at the fork.

Walking about one-quarter mile past several dirt driveways to the left, a deeply rutted dirt road comes up on the left. Follow it down to the cranberry bog on the shore of Hinckleys
Pond (number five).  Although no signs are posted on this bog, use the same discretion as previously advised.

On the west side of cranberry bog, a well-graded dirt road runs north and south.  This is Eastgate Road.  Walk north for one-half mile until it intersects a sharply angled road.  This is
Punkhorn Road.  A large brown sign informs you that you are now in the Punkhorn Parklands of the Town of Brewster.

Walk southeast for 0.3 mile on Punkhorn Road to pick up another woods road heading northeast.  The little woods road brings you past an abandoned cranberry bog on the shore of Seymour Pond. On your right is a sixty foot knob.

Follow the foot path to climb the knob for excellent views of Seymour Pond and the surrounding area.  Or if that seems a bit daunting, walk around the knob on the woods road.  Continue north to a short path to the "truck body pump" that once pumped water from Seymour Pond to the cranberry bog.

Backtrack briefly and walk west on the trail leading up the rise and into the woods.  Soon you will come to Eastgate Road again. Walk north on it for another quarter mile until you see a wide foot path with hikers' markers on the trees.

Walk west and northwest on the path to a fork, bearing left to cross a wide dirt road which is Massasoit Road.  Walk across to the woods road which leads northwest to Westgate Road and
trailhead 2.

From there, walk north briefly to Red Maple Road, then east to Winsome Court.  On your left, heading north, is a woods road that soon turns into a horse trail.  Walk north on it to another
woods road.

In about 300 yards, look for a well-worn foot path heading east.  Follow it past a huge beech tree with a swing, to another woods road.  Follow it north until you reach a utility right of
way, just east of Run Hill Road.  You will pass Calf Field Pond on your right (number six).

At the utility right of way, head east, following the worn track along either edge.  It is not an aesthetic journey, but is necessary to avoid tramping through private property north of
Calf Field Pond.  Follow the right of way one-half mile, out to Great Fields Road.  You may enjoy observing the horses along the way, frolicking in their corrals.

You are now at trailhead number three.  Cross Great Fields Road and pick up a woods road to the right of the utility right of way, heading east.  Follow it for one-quarter mile until a
worn path curves to the right.  Walk this path south down to the edge of yet another cranberry bog (number three).  It is on the shore of Griffiths Pond (number seven).

Reverse to Great Fields Road, and walk southeast on it, a little over one mile, to Route 124.  Cross the road to pick up the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  Walk north on it to Fisherman's Landing Road.  Walk east on that to return to trailhead one.

The whole hike is about ten miles, and will take six hours, at a moderate pace.