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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Castle Hill Hike

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The Great House at Castle Hill in winter

About Castle Hill Hike

Come explore the lesser-visited corners of Castle Hill and its surroundings with us this winter. This hike is a CraneOutdoors guide favorite because it’s got a little bit of all the things that make the Crane Estate such a special place…

  • A stroll along the spine of Castle Hill, starting at the Great House, down the famous Grand Allée, and ending at Steep Hill with far-reaching views of Ipswich Bay, Plum Island, and the New England coastline all the way into Maine? Check.
  • A walk along the Crane Estate’s less visited, but-no-less-beautiful “other” seashore (Steep Hill Beach) where it’s not uncommon to see waterfowl visitors from the arctic like the Common Eider, Black and White Wing Scoters, and the spectacular Long-Tailed Duck? Check.
  • A hike through the dunes with spectacular views of the saltmarsh surrounding Fox Creek? Check.
  • A visit to the newly rennovated Rose Garden and the beautiful Italian Garden? Check.

This hike brings us thorugh historical built landscapes, past sweeping views of Castle Neck and the Great Marsh, and through quiet woodland trails. This one truly has it all.

Please be aware that for public health and saftey during the COVID-19 pandemic, we require all staff, volunteers, and guests (over 2 years old) to wear a mask at all times during this event, including while hiking. We have reduced our event capacities to better facilitate social distancing. Please do not attend if you have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have traveled out of New England in the last 2 weeks, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Thank you!

Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel by 3pm on the day before the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email and/or phone with as much notice as possible and issued full refunds.

The starting location and other relevant details for all hikes, kayak paddles, and river boat trips will be emailed to registrants before the event at the address provided upon registration.

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