|Esker Trail, Ridge Hill Reservation, Needham, MA|
Almost immediately after the entrance the trail branches.
|Esker trail on left, Hornbeam on right|
Soon on your left you will come to the eastern end of the Swamp Trail, a now impassable trail that theoretically connects the Esker Trail to the western trail complex.
|Fork at the end of the Esker Trail|
So there is no real reason to keep going north after the end of the Esker Trail. [2014 Update: The Esker Trail has been extended--there is now a delightful loop at the end of it.] In fact you might be best off walking only as far as the second intersection with the Hornbeam Trail and making a loop of it.
|The northern intersection with the Hornbeam Trail approaching from the south|
|The northern intersection of the Hornbeam Trail approaching from the north|
Keep going past the pull-up bars (or do some pull-ups if you feel like it) and you will come to the edge of the old Nike Missile site, now the site of the brand new Needham Community Farm.
It is an easy walk through the fit trail back out to the meadow.
Official trail maps can be downloaded from the Town of Needham website. Just remember that not all the trails on the map are passable at present. There is a meeting about the future of Ridge Hill, February 9, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. at the Needham Library.