Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Fairyland Pond, Walden Pond, MA
Trails: Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Woods Road, Pond Path, Esker Trail, Fire Road
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I parked in the public parking lot near the Concord, MA, visitor's center 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: all crossings had bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Near Thoreau's Cabin historic Site, the BCT trail signs were a bit confusing - I wound up wandering other trails for a good 20 minutes before I circled back and found the route along the trail next to the pond. It can be confusing finding the blazes (amongst all the other blazes). Also, very confusing where to go once you cross Route 2, into Walden Reservation - the blaze where to enter the reservation was a bit hard to see and the snow plowed along the edge of the road showed no beaten pathway. I had to go back and forth a couple times to find the way.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: dogs are not allowed in Walden Pond State Reservation 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bay Circuit Trail (BCT): Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Woods Rd, Pond Path, Esker Trail, Fire Road

NOTE: Pond Path around Walden Pond is one-way. Also, signs say no running on the Pond Path. Very fun out-and-back. About 8 miles round trip, including the times I couldn't find the correct trail so I had to go back-and-forth a bit to find blazes in places. I jogged most of this. Areas near Walden Pond were very icy - frozen footprints. I carried traction but could get away without putting it on. A good 3-6" of pretty solid snow that was softening up. Nice views and a pretty route. Lots of people along the routes. I will do more of the BCT as I get time.  
Name: Becca Munroe 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-28 
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