Hiking Trails

Spencer’s police warn of ‘ride lines’ on popular hiking trail – Boston 25 News


SPENCER, Mass. – Spencer’s Police are warning the public of ‘trigger lines’ after a hiker discovered a rope tied between trees on a popular recreational trail. Sarah Gates from Leominster said she and her friend were hiking the Midstate Trail for 10 miles near the Spencer-Leicester city line when she tripped.

“I tripped and looked back. I thought I tripped over a branch and saw a yellow rope tied between two trees, ”Gates said. “At first I couldn’t believe what I saw at all. But then, when I thought about it, I thought, ‘This is pretty dangerous.’ “

Gates’ friend then discovered another piece of rope tied across the path. He too was barely visible and tied a few inches off the ground between two trees about 15 to 20 feet from the first set. Gates posted on social media alerting fellow hikers before alerting police, who began to investigate.

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“Spencer’s police are looking for your help,” the police department wrote in a Facebook post. “Someone placed travel lines on segments of the Mid State Trail.”

Gates was not hurt, but she was worried that someone was apparently trying to hurt someone.

“I think it’s devastating,” Gates said. “These trails are beautiful, so much fun to walk. And to think that someone would intentionally want to hurt someone enjoying the beautiful trails is truly overwhelming.

Spencer’s Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Inzerillo at 508-885-6333.