Running on the trail near Gazzam Lake. Credit: Jennifer Kakutani
2. Listening Lane to Gazzam Lake Nature Preserve
Deeply forested trails await on this easy excursion that you can customize to the needs of your troupe! You’ll hike up from Lynwood Center, then turn around when they’ve had enough.
Park at Lynwood Center, then begin at the mini-trail in Schel Chleb playground (see previous hike) or walk west .3 miles along Northeast Baker Hill Road until you see Listening Lane on the right. Follow this driveway-looking road north towards the trailhead with a sign for Gazzam Lake — a 13-acre freshwater wetland that has remained untouched by development.
For a longer hike, park at 6105 N.E. Marshall Road (8-car capacity here) and hike 2 miles down to Lynwood Center for food and treats then hike back to your car after refueling.