East Side Trail

Worcester, MA

April 7th, 2013

The steepest part of our hike on Worcester's East Side Trail was right at the beginning, as we rise above Shrewsbury St. & Cristoforo Colombo Park toward the top of Bell Hill (a.k.a. Chandler Hill). Christian and Jessie stop to admire the city view below through the still bare trees.

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East Side Trail
Christian and Jessie
Bell Hill view of Worcester Airport From the 741 foot summit of Bell Hill, we look west across the city to Worcester Airport. Its 1009 foot elevation is just about the highest point in the city.

We had a nice elevated view of Bell Pond after crossing Belmont Street, one of just two major roads intersecting the 3.5 mile trail. From there, we the trail leads right into the woods of Green Hill Park.
East Side Trail
Bell Pond
Group above quarry Christian, Jessie, Alexander, Andy and Sarah take a rest stop on the granite rocks above the first of several old quarries we would pass.
Group at duck pond
We detoured off the trail to visit the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial. At left, we admire the memorial's duck pond. Below, Sarah reads the inscriptions at the Place of Names.
Place of Names
TEXT TEXT From across the duck pond, Sarah, Alexander, Jessie and Christian admire the scenery.

Crown Hill beckoned us, so we detoured even further to check it out. The hill's long, steady slope overlooking the memorial makes it a popular spot for sledding in the winter. And from the top, we had a nice view of downtown Worcester.

View of Vietnam Veterans Memorial View of downtown Worcester
Green Hill Pond After coming down from Crown Hill we pass Green Hill Pond, a prominent centerpiece of the park.
Barnyard Zoo Well, hello there! We meet goats, llamas and sheep at Green Hill Park's Barnyard Zoo.
Goat Sheep

Mr. Llama spotted us! So he came over to say hello to Jessie and Christian.

Llama Jessie, Christian, and the llama
We continue our long descent from Green Hill down to Coal Mine Brook and Lake Quinsigamond, get set to cross an open field at the edge of the golf corse, and eventually stop to check out the old coal mine shaft entrance. The shaft entrance was definitely the coolest part of our hike! Group entering field
Christian & Jessie at shaft entrance
Christian come in for a closer look at the eerie mine shaft entrance as Jessie catches the water dripping from above.
Green slime Close-up of green slime The thick moss and dripping water had combined forces to produce long threads of green slime. It would have been awesome for Halloween!
Group on trail
We finally pry ourselves away from the mine shaft and continue down the trail toward Coal Mine Brook, which Andy and Alexander step across after doing some exploring.
Andy and Alexander
Group at Lake Qinsigamond trail head Crossing the finish line, teh six of us arrive at the shore of Lake Quinsigamond to complete our approx. 5 miles of hiking (including the detours). The strong southerly wind was kicking up some impressive white caps, and was just cold enough that we decided against standing there for too long.
Lake Quinsigamond

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