Walk 9 – Thompson Circle, Pine Tree Trail and Dead Pond Trail Loop

This walk uses portions of three walking trails and the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail. It cuts along the isolated interior of the park. Parts may be wet or water-covered at certain times of the year. Other portions of the walk are dry, hot and covered with soft, deep sand. A bottle of water is recommended during the summer months and advisable at other times. The Dead Pond part of the walk runs right through the region where most of the park’s coyotes, which avoid people, seem to congregate. This segment is open, so a hat and insect repellent are also advised from late May to October. The section on B-Trail can be wet from March to June.

Route

This walk begins at the 7.1-mile marker on the Multi-Purpose Trail, which is across the road from Thompson Circle. Turn left on this walkway and follow it 2/10 of a mile to the east entry of Pine Tree Trail across the road. Walk the length of this trail to where it intersects the Multi-Purpose Trail at the 7.9-mile marker. Turn left and follow this for 1/10 of a mile to the entry to B-Trail, which is across the road. Follow this trail to where it meets the Dead Pond Trail. This is clearly marked. Turn left onto Dead Pond Trail and follow it to its end at the 6.8-mile marker of the Multi-Purpose Trail. Turn left and return to your car.

Special Features:

  1. Pine forest
  2. Open sand plain
  3. Wildlife

Distance:

2.5 miles

Type Walk:

Loop

Approximate time:

1.5 hours / Ecotour: 3 hours

Difficulty:

Moderate

Surface conditions:

Soft, deep sand, sometimes wet in the spring