Cross-Island Hike

Getting to Know the Vineyard, One Cross-Island Hike at a Time

On a trail that cut through the heart of the Vineyard, 120 hikers and six dogs set out Saturday for the 26th annual cross-Island hike. The event is hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank.

Cross Island Hike Is Calling You

Summer is coming and perhaps you feel you don't really know and understand the Island.

Cross-Island Hike Is Good for Heart and Soul

On Saturday nearly 120 people gathered for the cross-Island hike, a journey of 17 miles that began at Menemsha and ended at Blackwater Pond.

Cross-Island Hike

This year’s hike, takes place on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Cross-Island Hike Saturday

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s annual cross-Island hike turns 25 this year. What better way to celebrate than a 25-mile trek across the Island?

The Few, the Proud; Cross-Island Hike Tested the Hardiest Souls

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank celebrated National Trails Day with its 24th annual cross-Island hike on Saturday. This year the route ran from Oak Bluffs to Katama.

Off the Beaten Path; Cross-Island Hike Is Explorer's Paradise

The 22nd annual cross-Island hike, hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, brought in record numbers, with over 100 walkers starting at Lambert’s Cove at 8 a.m.

Land Bank Cross-Island Hike Blazes Trails, Fosters Friendship

They were 48 and one dog strong Saturday morning, gathered at Katama Point, the start of the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s annual cross-Island hike. The route would take them through 20 miles of land bank trails, ancient byways, paved roads and some private properties from Katama to Lambert’s Cove Beach.
field pennywise preserve

Hiking With Herb: No Walk in the Park

As I drove up to Pennywise Preserve last Saturday, I expected to see several other Island hikers waiting to join the pack. What I saw instead was an older man, sitting on a rock, legs crossed, no car, no bike . . . just by himself.

“Are you here for the cross-Island hike?” I asked. He smiled warmly and said, “Yes.” I informed him that I just heard the group was 45 minutes behind schedule, then worked on getting my backpack organized.

“Have you ever done a hike of this length? Are you able to do it?” he asked me.


Striding from Shore to Shore, Cross-Island Hikers See Variety

As 42 people departed on foot from Sepiessa Point Reservation in West Tisbury at 9 a.m. sharp on Saturday morning, the air was a cool 50 degrees and the sky was clear blue. We were heading ultimately to Wilfred’s Pond Preserve in Vineyard Haven. The 15-mile walk would cross Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank properties, ancient ways and public roads that are hidden in the back woods of the Island.