I deliberately picked several good hill-climbs as part of it, including Whip
Hill, the Pipeline, and parts of Rock Circuit including a look down the
Cascade and the great eastern view from Melrose Rock.
Wamoset Hill could be an optional piece at the end depending on how people
felt by then -- it's *steep* up the east side!
Then it's a straight shot from there back to the playground.
A little over 5 miles, maybe less by skipping that part out onto the spit
of land sticking into the reservoir, which I'm not sure is quite legit to
be on although that *is* a lovely spot.
The route also delivers over 900 feet of elevation gain/loss!
It could be made considerably longer by looping south of the reservoir
and picking up more of Cross Fells, Rock Circuit, or whatever.
The terrain, including that underfoot, is highly variable, and there is
various fun stuff to look at in passing including some of the historical
structures in Virginia Wood.
The road crossings at Pond St can be a bit of a Frogger death-trap, but a
hike leader can get everyone to bunch up and then cross together on a good
break in traffic; I would probably bring my blaze-orange hunting-season
vest to look semi-official and encourage oncoming traffic to stop and wait
for us to clear.
The intent is not to be one of the "easy family-friendly" type of
outings, I imagine, so people would have to know what effort level they'd
be getting into.
That's the "adventure" aspect!
-- UPDATED since this was originally written --
I sent the gist of this including the track image to the Friends on 1-Aug
2023, and it was well-received.
Subsequently, I've designed and pre-walked more routes in different areas of
the park, and the Friends folks seemed thrilled that someone was doing this
and aiming for the longer and more challenging type.
The Friends are always looking for more volunteer leaders; I can certainly
help out in that area as time permits.
I already participate in weekly
Friends of Harold Parker
outings, leading them about half the time, which is less of a workout
and more like a social gathering.