Pine Trail

Bridge on Pine Trail.
Bridge on Pine Trail.
Map:  Pine Trail Map (NRPC Map detail)
Length: 0.5 miles, Post 26 to Post 27 to Post 14
Identification: Yellow blazes
Difficulty: Walking: Easy to Moderate
                  XC skiing: Moderate
                  Mountain biking:  not allowed.

The Pine Trail provides an alternative access to the East side of Joe English Reservation from PMEC. The first section of the trail provides a half-mile loop of varied interests when coupled with sections of the Highland Trail and Old Brook Road.

Log: The Pine Trail begins at PMEC by the Sawyer’s cottage, Post 26 passing the pond on the right, and then crosses the bridge over Joe English Brook. The trail parallels Clean Brook .1 miles to reach a former logging road probably used to haul logs from Chestnut Hill to the Peabody Mill. At Post 27 the Pine Trail turns right. The former road continues ahead 100 feet to Post 11 on the Highland Trail (Blue).  The Pine Trail parallels the boundary with private land on the right as it climbs through mixed woods on a dry, ledgey slope. It meets the Highland Trail at Post 14, one half mile from that trail’s start on Old Brook Road. A loop walk of about a mile may be enjoyed by combining the Pine Trail with a portion of the Highland Trail. (Posts 26 to 14 to 13 to 11 to 6 to PMEC). A longer loop of about 2 miles adds the Harding Trail: posts 26, 14, 15, 13, 11, 6, to PMEC.