Today's hike was at Papermill Park in Hampden. Our total distance was less than a mile, and time spent moving was 17 minutes. It was a great hike, nonetheless, as we had a chance to see great views of the stream and some interesting ice formations.
Sometimes it's easy to dismiss shorter local hikes. They provide, however, an opportunity to get outdoors and connect with nature on days when you are short on time. Its also fun to explore places that are less crowded and less popular.
Today's trail map shows that we are in the middle of the stream, so either (1) both my eTrex and cell phone were off or (2) Google Maps isn't 100% accurate for off-road use: Trail map