Destination: Ward Reservation in Andover and N. Andover, MA
Hikers: OliBear, Andrew, Gramma and Dad
Date: April 24, 2010
Ward Reservation is off of Rte 125 in Andover, not far from Merrimack College. Part of the reservation is Holt Hill which is the highest point in Essex County. Holt Hill is only a 5 minute walk from the parking area. The view of Boston's skyline is top notch!
Our goal was to make it to Elephant Rock which is on Boston Hill. From Holt Hill we hiked over to Boston Hill, most likely 1 to 1.5 miles away. Back in the day, Boston Hill had a ski area:
Elephant Rock does look very much like an elephant. It is a good place to hang and have some candy! Skittles are a big hit for the Bear and Andrew. The views from the area surrounding this rock also allow nice views of Boston's skyline.
We ended the hike by skirting Shrub Hill and Cat Swamp. It was a nice day for Hike #2.
Get out there!