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    • Sunday, February 12, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Squam Path trailhead, Squam Rd, Rockport
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    This is a repeat of the 1/22/23 Sunday morning hike.  If you joined us for that hike, please do not register for this hike, so as to give others the chance to hike this route.  Thank you!

    Please join us for a hike that will take us along the Squam Path, Anne's Path, and the Dennison Trail into the Norton Memorial Forest, and back.  The Squam Path and the Dennison Trail date back to colonial times as the roads connecting the Sandy Bay settlement (which became Rockport) to Annisquam and to a mill located near the north end of present day Holly St, Gloucester.  The Norton Forest was planted in the middle decades of the 20th century and is maintained by the New England Forestry Foundation.

    We’ll start at the Squam Path trailhead at the end of Squam Rd, Rockport, and follow the Squam Path and Anne's Path to the northeast entrance to the Norton Forest, loop through the Norton Forest, and return via the Dennison Trail and Squam Path.  See the route here:  https://www.gaiagps.com/public/QTeXD94wynyjiId3pghRPHoq

    This is a relatively easy hike, with a few moderate sections in the Norton Forest, and plenty of rocks and roots underfoot. It is 3.5 miles, and with stops, could take up to 2.5 hours – but should be less.

    A limited number of dogs are allowed to participate in this hike (this is in contrast to the regular Sunday Morning Hikes, where dogs are not allowed).  One dog per hiker, and dogs must be leashed (remember to bring poop bags for your dog too!).  Total number of dogs in the group will be limited to 5.

    If interested in bringing a dog, please email us at contact@capeanntrailstewards.org  to find out if there are still "dog spaces" available!

    Meeting Spot  The hike will begin at the end of Squam Rd, Rockport (see the hike map for specifics).  Please arrive early. The hike will depart promptly at 1 PM.

    Due to limited space for cars at the end of Squam Rd., and our desire to minimize disturbance for the  residents near the trailhead, we are asking those willing to carpool (please bring a mask if carpooling) to meet us at the Whistlestop Mall (near Walgreens parking area) at 12:50, to be ready to head up to Squam Rd. by 12:55.  Thank you in advance!

    • Saturday, May 20, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Rockport and Gloucester, MA (parking by Evans Field, 3 Station Square, Rockport)

    Join Cape Ann Trail Stewards for our 6th Annual Dogtown Trail Race!


    The race covers a beautiful and challenging 5.4 mile course starting and finishing near the water tower at the top of Summit Ave. in Rockport.   The terrain ranges from carriage roads with minor rocks/ roots, to more extreme technical sections with extensive large rocks (requiring a degree of "boulder-hopping"), and everything in-between! 

    The course travels through many historic and popular sections of Dogtown, including the Squam Path, New England Forestry Foundation's Norton Memorial Forest, Whale's Jaw, the Luce Trail, Briar Swamp, and the Rockport Town Forest.

    Online Registration is $20.00 for CATS Members, and $30.00 for Non-members.

    Race Day Registration is $25.00 for CATS Members, and $35.00 for Non-members.

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    The first 75 registrants are guaranteed a race T-shirt.

    Prizes for first overall male and female, and for first male and female in the age group categories of 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+

    Click on the images below to view and download a course map:


    Click HERE to view the Race Course in GAIA GPS maps, and to download the gpx file.

    To view and download a full copy of the Dogtown Common Trail Map (without the race course overlaid), click HERE.

    Meeting Spot:  Race parking will be by Evans Field at 3 Station Square in Rockport.  Participants will walk through Evans Field to a trail that will take them to the race registration and check-in area, which is near the water tower at  the top of Summit Ave. (signs and volunteers will guide you on where to go).

    Registration and race check-in will be from 7:30am to 8:45am.  The race starts at 9:00am.

    For any additional questions about the race, registration, or CATS memberships, email us at contact@capeanntrailstewards.org.

Past events

Sunday, January 22, 2023 Sunday Morning Hike - Squam Path to Norton Woods
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Woodland Acres Trail Work Day
Sunday, December 04, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Beverly Commons (Dog-Friendly Event)
Sunday, December 04, 2022 Poles Hill Trail Work Day
Sunday, November 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Dogtown Northern Loop
Thursday, November 24, 2022 CATS Annual Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Saturday, November 19, 2022 Haskell Pond Loop Hike
Sunday, November 06, 2022 Manchester Western Woods Hike
Tuesday, November 01, 2022 Cape Ann Trail Stewards Annual Members Meeting, and Environmental Sustainability Talk
Sunday, October 30, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Upper Luce Trail & Bad Dog Trail (Dog-Friendly Event)
Sunday, October 23, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Beverly Commons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 Trail Work Day on Choate Island
Saturday, October 15, 2022 Trail Work Day at DeLamater Sancturary
Sunday, October 09, 2022 4th Annual Ted Tarr Memorial Cross- Cape Ann Hike
Sunday, September 25, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Upper Luce Trail & Bad Dog Trail
Sunday, September 18, 2022 Sunday Afternoon Hike - Rockport South Woods (Dog-Friendly Event)
Saturday, September 17, 2022 Trails and Sails Event: Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, August 28, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Rockport South Woods
Sunday, August 14, 2022 Dog-Friendly Hike - Manchester-Essex Woods
Sunday, July 31, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike - Manchester-Essex Woods
Sunday, July 10, 2022 Inaugural Dog-Friendly Hike: Dogtown Complete Loop
Sunday, June 26, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike-Dogtown - Complete Loop
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2022 Poles Hill Solstice Hike
Sunday, June 12, 2022 Magnolia Woods Mountain Laurel Hike
Sunday, June 05, 2022 National Trails Day - Western Woods, Manchester
Sunday, May 22, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Squam Road to Norton Forest & JerryMannder Trail
Saturday, May 21, 2022 2022 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - May 21, 2022
Saturday, May 14, 2022 World Fish Migration Day Celebration: Mill Brook Hike
Sunday, April 24, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Pine Pit to Gloucester Quarries and Luce Trail Loop
Sunday, March 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike- Tompson Street to Eagle Rock
Sunday, February 27, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Briar Swamp from Summit Ave.
Sunday, January 23, 2022 Sunday Morning Hike -Norton Woods from Revere Street
Sunday, November 28, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pine Pit to Woodland Acres & Gloucester Quarries
Thursday, November 25, 2021 CATS Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Saturday, November 20, 2021 Dexter Pond Loop Trail Maintenance
Sunday, October 24, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Beverly Commons
Sunday, October 10, 2021 3rd Annual Ted Tarr Memorial Cross Cape Ann Hike
Saturday, October 02, 2021 2021 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - October 2nd!
Sunday, September 26, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pigeon Cove Quarries
Saturday, September 18, 2021 Trails and Sails Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, August 29, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike -Manchester-Essex Woods
Saturday, August 14, 2021 Haskell Pond Loop Hike
Sunday, August 01, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike -Ravenswood from Magnolia Swamp to Ledge Hill Trail
Sunday, June 27, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike: Norton Forest & JerryMannder Trail
Sunday, June 20, 2021 Poles Hill Solstice Hike
Sunday, June 13, 2021 Magnolia Woods Mountain Laurel Hike
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Reservoir - #2
Saturday, June 05, 2021 National Trails Day at Woodland Acres/Pine Pit
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Annual Meeting/Native Plants talk (Zoom)
Saturday, May 29, 2021 Wildflower Walk at Dogtown/Babson Boulders
Sunday, May 23, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Pigeon Hill St to Bad Dog & Anne’s Path, plus Steel - ~4 mi.
Saturday, May 22, 2021 Joint CATS/Rockport Rights of Way Work Morning at Delamater Sanctuary
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 CATS May Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, May 02, 2021 Sunday Morning Hike - Dogtown - ~4 mi.
Monday, April 19, 2021 Earth Week 2021 DIY Trail Cleanup
Friday, December 11, 2020 2020 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run - Virtual Challenge: Dec 11-13!
Thursday, November 26, 2020 CATS Thanksgiving Dogtown Hike
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 CATS November Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, October 25, 2020 Powderhouse Hill Hike
Sunday, October 11, 2020 2nd Annual Cross Cape Ann Hike
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 CATS October Board Meeting - Zoom
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Haskell Pond loop Hike
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 CATS Board Meeting - Zoom
Tuesday, June 02, 2020 CATS Annual Meeting - Wildflower Talk and Business Meeting
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 CATS Board Meeting
Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Saturday, November 09, 2019 Rockport Rights of Way Andrews Woods Cleanup
Sunday, October 13, 2019 1st annual Ted Tarr Cross Cape Ann Walk
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Trails and Sails Ocean Views Walk from Ravenswood to Rafe's Chasm
Sunday, June 30, 2019 Pole Hill Solstice Walk
Sunday, June 23, 2019 Mountain Laurel Hike in Magnolia Woods to Rafe's Chasm
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 CATS Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Rockport Conservation Commission Earth Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Earth Day Cleanup with Clean Gloucester - 3rd Annual
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 CATS Board Meeting
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Stewardship Saturday: Poles Hill
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Dogtown Walk
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sunday Morning Manchester Hike
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Mt. Ann Sunday Morning Walk
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Stewardship Saturday - Dogtown
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Dogtown 5 Mile Trail Run
Saturday, April 14, 2018 Stewardship Saturdays - Location TBD

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