Activities for the Forty Plus Committee
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Knock off 2 on the 52 With a View list or just rev up to summer hiking with a hike up 2 small peaks: Blueberry (2600 ft) and Black (2830 ft) mountain. Blueberry Mt is fairly easy hike with wonderful views in just about every direction from the semi-open ledges. The summit of Black Mt has an open ridgecrest at the site of an old fire tower has great views east and west. The trip will be 7-8 miles with approx. 2,600 feet elev. gain.
Bradley Palmer State Park, Topsfield. Enjoy Spring with a beautiful hike in the park and along the Ipswich River. meet at 1:30 pm. From Rt 128, take 1-95 N to Rt 1 Follow Rt 1 to Topsfield Fairgrounds on R. Pass and go to second traffic light, turn R at Dunkin Donuts onto Ipswich Rd Go 1.5 m to Asbury St on R. Turn L drive thru park entrance by stone pillars. Meet in main pk lot to R. Possible $5 parking fee, (or use Senior Pass) from DCR Heavy rain cancels. Dogs allowed. Newcomers welcome. L: Faith Evans, (978-356-2098) email@example.com.
Welcome spring with a beautiful 2-2.5 hour walk along open fields, woodlands, ponds, streams, and the Charles River. Newcomers welcome. Heavy rain cancels. Leader: Angie Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org), (781-326-3892) and co-leader Virginia Ryan. Limit 12. Register with leader. Non-Mass Audubon members $5.
Take a walk along a ridge above beautiful Squam Lake, passing Doublehead Mountain and Mounts Squam, Percival and Morgan. Total hike is 7.8 miles (including a short road walk) with the option to shorten if weather or time don't cooperate. Total elevation gain 2200 ft, with about 1300 ft of that being getting up to the ridge. We will spot cars and not retrace our route.
Minuteman Bikeway (11 mi) with a possible extension including Reformatory Branch trail (4.5mi) from Arlington to Bedford or Concord and back. Leisurely pace. Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00 am start, finish 1-2pm. Helmet, spare tube, snacks required. New members, beginners welcome. No registration but you may wish to contact the leader if you have questions. Rain cancels. If time permits, will review a few basic bike maintenance pointers. Meet at Magnolia Park parking lot (Magnolia St) Arlington.
Join us for our annual hike on Mount Cardigan. Enjoy early spring flowers and the expansive summit view in this moderate-paced hike on a variety of trails. Cardigan has extensive ledges that may be slippery when wet. Some experience is necessary. The distance will be between 5.6 and 6.3 miles. Elev. gain: 2300 ft. Meeting time is 9:00 am. Rain will cancel the trip.
Greetings: After becoming a 4-season leader and voted Winter Hiking Leader of the Year in 2009 by the Boston Chapter Hiking/Backpacking Committee, my husband (also an AMC leader) and I have continued to lead trips for AMC Boston Chapter throughout New England area and also for AMC Adventure Travel to domestic National Parks, Switzerland, Italy, France, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!
Join us for an 8-mile hike along this stunningly beautiful barrier beach from Duxbury to Gurnet Point (part of Plymouth) and back. Bring water, lunch, sunglasses and sunscreen. Layered clothing and sturdy footwear are advised. Optional side trip to Best of Boston's award-winning Farfar's Danish Ice Cream afterwards.
Registration is required for this activity. Please contact registrar-Kathy Blythe email@example.com
Want to experience something different in the White Mountains? Come join us to investigate the Pondicherry Wildlife Refuge nestled beneath the northern Presidential Mountains. The refuge is home ponds, wetlands and forests that support a variety of ecological features. The Refuge also supports a tremendous variety of wildlife that include beaver, moose, and over 200 species of birds .We will walk stopping frequently to identify plants, birds, other wildlife, and ecological features . There are two viewing platforms located at Cherry and Little Cherry Ponds perfect for bird watching.
5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9am-1pm. Bring lunch/H2O/snacks. Dress for the Elements. From Rte.95/128 take Walnut St. exit, 4mi. From Rte.1, take Walnut St. exit, 2mi. Make L on Pennybrook Rd to Western Gate pkg. lot. L Nelson Caraballo (617-548-8579; Nelsonnec1@aol.com).
The Franconia Ridge Traverse is one of the most sought after hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We will hike a total of 8.6 miles on this ridge line traverse. As we ascend via the Falling Waters Trail we will pass distinct cascades such as Stairs Falls, Swiftwater Falls (60 ft), and Cloudland Falls. to 4780 ft Little Haystack Mtn.. From here on we traverse the exposed ridgeline to Mt Lincoln (5089 ft) and Mt Lafayette (5260 ft).
Join us for a beautiful hike in Lincoln conservation land. We will go through woods and along ponds up to Walden Pond. About 5-5.5 miles (approximately 3 hours) with minimal elevation gain. This hike is suitable for all levels. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels the hike. Meet at 9:00 am.
Blackstone River Bike Path, a leisurely paced 20 mile out and back bike ride along a beautiful bike path that travels along the scenic Blackstone river and includes great views of waterfalls and old Mill buildings. Helmet, spare tube, water and snacks required. Meet in Woonsocket, RI at 9:45 for a 10:00 start and expect 2 -3 hours to do the ride. We add a small detour at the southern terminus to a subway shop if needed. If time permits, basic bike maintenance will be reviewed.
Registration required. Rain cancels
Come with us to beautiful Block Island. Stay at an island inn/cottage with views of the old harbor and the ocean. Guided, combined biking/hiking daily tours on the island. $350 includes shared rooms plus 3 breakfasts. Dinners maybe prepared in available kitchen. There are a variety of restaurants on the island. Bikes in good order with fully inflated tires and tool kit recommended. Helmets required. Full payment required at time of registration. For further info contact.
Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 7 mi. Hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-2pm. Bring lunch, H2O, snacks. Rte. 93 S to exit 35. At stop sign, go L under highway. At next stop sign go R. At first set of lights turn R onto Rte. 28. Turn R into Sheepfold entrance. Rte. 93 N to exit 33 (Route 28). Sheepfold entrance is 2 miles up on the L. Cancel if rain. No dogs; L Nelson Caraballo (617-548-8579; Nelsonnec1@aol.com).
East Providence to Bristol RI and back. Leisurely 30-35 mile ride at an average pace of 12-14 mph on a paved rail trail along the eastern shores of Narragansett Bay. Lunch stop in Bristol by the Bay - home to one of America's oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the U.S. Stimulate your senses as we cruise by Del's lemonade stands and the best ice cream place this side of Somerville. Enjoy stunning views of the Ocean State shoreline. Side trips to Colt State Park and Audubon boardwalk depending on time and interest.
Enjoy expansive views on the shoulder of Mt Washington staying at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. We will hike up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail passing waterfalls fueled by the spring melt along the way. We hope to summit Mt Washington; Mt Monroe perhaps after dinner; and the next day Mt Eisenhower on our way out via the Edmands Path. Ours will be an above tree line experience and hopefully we'll witness an unforgettable sunset from Lakes of the Clouds. Total mileage 13 miles. Cost: $142.83 includes one night hut stay, dinner, and breakfast. Register with L.
Join us for a leisurely scenic midweek ride exploring Mashnee island and surrounds. The ride is flat, 23 miles-10miles on public roads, 13miles along the south side os the canal. Arrive by 9:15 AM for a 9:30 start. Bring a bike in good condition. Helmet, Spare tube, Snack, water, wind breaker, sunblock. We will start at the canal in Bourne riding around Mashnee Island, then on to Eel pond and then ride the canal and lunch at the pavilion in Sandwich. Limited to 12. Register with Leader.
This is the classic Presidential Traverse (without the peaks, we will walk around the mountains) on the ridge line to Mt Madison Hut overnight for the first day. Then to Mt Adams to Mt Jefferson to Mt. Clay and Lake of the Clouds Hut (overnight), then to Mt Monroe, Mt Eisenhower , and finally to Mt Pierce. If you always wanted to walk the ridgeline, without the peaks, this is the trip.
Celebrate the first official day of summer with a 4 mile invigorating hike to Buck Hill and enjoy stellar 360 degree views. Optional short hike around Houghtons Pond. Heavy rain cancels. Level is Advanced Beginner. Leader: Angie Evans, Co-leader: Joan Blaustein.
This is one of the less difficult approaches to the alpine zone on the Presidential ridge, and an open summit of a 4000-footer, with spectacular views of the Presidentials. The hike is 3.3 miles each way (6.6 miles total) at a moderate pace, with possible short stops for interesting birds. Elevation gain 2670 feet. Hike starts at the Edmand's Path trailhead parking area, 2.3 miles along the Mount Clinton Road off Route 302 near the AMC Highland Center. We will dwell a while at the summit to soak up the scenery.
Hiking in Whites since 1969. AMC member since early 1970s (with a few gap years) Completed 4000'ers in 1986, including most in winter as well. Active as AMC Volunteer Naturalist, especially on birds, trees, and local history. Author of Waterfalls of the White Mountains (Backcountry Publications, 1989 and 1999). Lived and hiked in Africa for 10+ years in five countries. Profession: International development economist, now semi-retired.
Join us for a leisurely scenic ride along the Shining Sea Bike Way from North Falmouth to Wood's Hole (20 miles round trip) with option for Salt Pond Sanctuary and swimming. Lunch option at Wood's Hole. Leisurely pace. Meet at 9:45am for a 10:00 am start, finish by 2pm. Helmet, bicycle in good repair, spare tube, water, snacks, windbreaker, sunscreen required. Registration required. Rain cancels.
Join us on this multi-sport weekend of surf and sand on lovely Cape Cod. Bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail , Ocean kayak in Orleans, and visit Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Join us for one or both days.
Saturday: Cape Cod Rail Trail Bike ride 44 miles round trip. Bike Helmets required. Bike rentals available at the start of the trail or bring your own. We will lunch on a beach and stop at clam shacks along the way to buy lunch. After the ride join the leaders for activities and dinner-Leader's choice.
Please join us for a leisurely hike to the summits of Welch and Dickey Mountains, that will introduce participants new to hiking to a variety of conditions. Magnificent views from the Welch-Dickey Loop Trail (White Mountain National Forest). This loop hike in the southwest corner of the White Mountain National Forest is as close to the perfect moderate hike that you can get. It takes an average of 4 hours to casually hike this 4.4 mile loop. There are almost constant views in all directions for over half the hike
Try a different route up Lafayette and stay overnight at Greenleaf Hut. The Skoocumchuck trail is a pleasant and less steep way up to Garfield Ridge and Lafayette starting on Rt. 3 at the northern end of the notch. . After summiting, we will descend to the hut and stay overnight (full service). The next morning we'll descend via Greenleaf Trail to spotted cars. Limited to 10 people. Contact registrar for information on booking the hut from our group reservation - you are not on the trip until you have booked and paid through AMC reservations.