You've seen previous posts from me regarding hiking at Great Brook (and getting ice cream). In the winter there is a lodge/barn close to the road where the ski operations run out of. In the past, I've shown up mid afternoon or for their mid week lantern skiing. This time we arrived as they just opened up their doors. Unfortunately, one of my boots broke on a previous trip and I needed to rent ski equipment. Rentals fortunately were not all that expensive and being one of the first in line it was a quick job to do. We geared up and hit the trails immediately deciding to cross the road and get as far from the lodge as possible.
The trails are all machine groomed and with the fresh snow they were looking lovely. We followed the Maple Ridge trail down to Pine Point Loop. We quickly realized that they had added new trails since the last time we skied Great Brook. In fact, the map we got at the lodge didn't include all of the new trails. The new map is on their website though with the added trails.
We followed the Pine Point Loop counterclockwise and followed a few short detours. The trail is fairly flat and easy to warm up on. We went out on the Beaver trail and found that the picnic table had been removed. Typically this is where we would have a snack and watch for wild life. We stood and had snacks quietly and observed the light coming through the trees.
|Our old picnic spot is missing its table|
|Beaver trail snack stop|
|Outlet for Meadow Pond|
|Meadow Pond from the bridge|
|Continuing up Pine Point Loop|
|Ski Center Lodge|
Great Brook Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell Street, Carlisle, MA1018 Lowell Street, Carlisle, MA 01741
- From Rte. 128 (I-95) take Exit 31B. Follow Rte. 225 west for 7 miles to the Carlisle center rotary, then turn right on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford). The ski touring center is 2 miles ahead on the right.
- From Rte. 2 exit at signs for Concord center and continue to the downtown rotary. At the Colonial Inn, take Lowell Rd. north for 5 miles to Carlisle center. (Lowell Rd. in Concord becomes Concord St. in Carlisle.) At the Carlisle center rotary, turn left on Lowell St. (following the sign to Chelmsford). The ski touring center is 2 miles ahead on the right.
- From I-495 southbound take Exit 34. Follow Rte. 110 west for 0.6 miles to Chelmsford center, continue on Rte. 4 south for 1 mile, then fork right on Concord Rd. The ski touring center is 2 miles ahead on the left.
- From I-495 northbound take Exit 33. Follow Rte. 4 south for 1.5 miles (passing through Chelmsford center), then fork right on Concord Rd. The ski touring center is 2 miles ahead on the left.