A visitor to the blog sent me an email regarding a hike that I had not known of before. It’s out on the East End and runs along the cliffs of Red Point and then up to the hilltop. Someone has named it “Lagoon Way.”
This is not a National Park Trail. It goes through private property, although there are apparently no attempts to restrict public access at the present time.
The trail down to the pond is steep and rocky, so be careful not to slip on loose rocks or to attempt this trail on wet rainy days.
Parts of the trail are extremely narrow and will take you right on the edge rocky cliffs, so if you suffer from acrophobia,forget about it. Otherwise, be especially careful, a slip here could result in severe injury or worse.
Wear good shoes as there are suckers and other cacti along much of the trail.
How to get there:
Take the East End road the the end of East End. Turn left onto the dirt road past Sloop Jones and then take the low road on the right to the end where you’ll see a bench with a painted sign saying “Gary’s Seat.
Walk down to the bottom of the trail which will take you to the salt pond behind the beach at Pond Bay.
“Right before you get to the beach, you should stay left, and not walk through the gate to Scott and Sabrina’s house. And after this left turn, look for a right just before you get to the flat. That will take you out to the beach. If you keep straight you’ll find the saltpond which is interesting in its own way.” Added by Ed Gibney 1/15
Once you reach the pond make your way to the rocky beach and walk along the shore to your left.
This trail will take you to the edge of the cliffs along Red Point. The trail is narrow, rocky and extremely close to the cliff edge. Be careful!
The views from here are (what adjective to use here?) – impressive, dramatic – most definitely.
Walk along the cliff-side trail until it turns to head up the hillside. Watch out not to step on suckers or other cacti. The trail leads through a cactus scrub environment uphill until you come to another signpost with options to head for an overlook or to continue on to the top of the hill where an old turpentine tree stands.
You can continue hiking at the Turpentine Tree and the trail will loop back to the one you came up on.
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