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Appalachian Mountain Club
The AMC Boston Chapter Local Walks/Hikes Committee leads day hikes and nature walks year-round in eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. They range in length from 3 to 20 miles over terrain which ranges from smooth and flat to rocky and hilly. A typical hike is 5 to 8 miles in length along woodland trails over rolling terrain with some hills and takes 4 to 5 hours, including lunch. The pace is usually moderate, allowing participants to socialize as they walk. Some of our hikes are hilly enough to be useful as conditioning hikes for the more rugged trails in the White Mountains or elsewhere. Dogs are not permitted on AMC Local Walks/Hikes unless explicitly stated in the hike description. Proper footwear required incl. traction gear for snow/ice.
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To see the kinds of activities we do, go to the listing of recent walks/hikes (2012) or check out the other pages linked above. Our hikes are announced in the Backcountry section of the monthly members' magazine, AMC Outdoors. To find out how to join the AMC, go to www.outdoors.org/join.
The Hiking Areas page is a compilation of over one hundred of the larger areas for day hikes out of Boston plus information on obtaining trail maps. The Photo Gallery pages contain a growing collection of photos of trail scenes from those areas and from recent walks. The Easy Walks page has a list of nearby places where there is a scenic, level walk that is easy to follow. The Nature Walks page is about what to expect from an AMC nature walk, what to bring, and where to go on your own nature and bird walks.
The Local Walks/Hikes Authors page is about the Weston conservation lands guidebook written by AMC Local Walks/Hikes leader Elmer Jones and the guidebook to plants commonly seen on walks written by AMC Local Walks/Hikes leader Hilary Hopkins.
Leadership opportunities: AMC members with an aptitude for leading group hikes and knowledge of a local hiking area are encouraged to contact the Local Walks/Hikes chairman listed below and in AMC Outdoors magazine at the beginning of the Boston chapter activities.
Website contributions: Send corrections, additions, and photos to email@example.com. You can also direct any questions or concerns to this address.
Make Way for Winter!
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Mar 8. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mile. hike, some rocky steep hills to cliff views including waterfall w/lunch at pond. Moderate-rated hike, not for beginners. 10:00am-2:30pm. Bring lunch/water/hiking shoes. Meet on Washington St. side of Oak Grove T sta. From Rte. 93 exit 32 in Medford take Rte. 60 E 1.2 mi., L on Highland Ave. 0.5 mi., R on Glenwood St. 0.6 mi., L on Wash. St. 0.1 mi., R into T sta. lot (fee) or park on street. Email if severe weather. No dogs. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, Mar 9. Bay Circuit Trail, Concord. Slow-paced walk of about 5 miles along section of Bay Circuit Trail. Bring lunch, water & appropriate gear for conditions, Meet 10:00am at Mill Brook Tarry. From Concord center, take Lowell Rd. about 0.5 miles to Parking at Tarry. L Jerry Yos.
Note: The Wayside Inn to Sudbury Valley Memorial Forest walk originally scheduled for March 9 was rescheduled to March 16.
Sat, Mar 15. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Hike/snowshoe; decision made on Thursday (contact L before Thursday if you'd like notification of the decision). 10am. Wedgmere Station (Lowell Line). Return for 1:30pm train. Bring water and lunch. From Route 3, take Church Street for 0.3 miles and turn right on Bacon Street. Continue 0.4 miles to parking lot on Mystic Valley Parkway. I-93 Exit 33 (Medford) to South Border Road. Head west 2.2 miles, then take Mystic Valley Parkway. Go 0.9 miles and turn right (Bacon Street) under tracks to parking lot on the left. Storm cancels. L Betsy Goeke.
Sat, Mar 15. Weston Conservation Land. Moderate 7-mi. hike/snowshoe to Sears Land and Cat Rock , 9:30am-1:30pm. Bring lunch & water. Meet at Kendall Green RR sta. From Rte. 95/128 exit 26 in Waltham , take Rte. 20 E 1 mi., L onto Rte. 117 W 1.6 mi., L onto Church St. 1 block. Train from N. Sta. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sun, Mar 16. Wayside Inn to Sudbury Valley Memorial Forest. Approximately 4 miles on back roads and trails, 1:00-4:00pm. Meet at first parking lot on left across from The Wayside Inn. From I-95 exit 26, take Rte. 20 W 11 mi., then R at sign for Wayside Inn & go 0.25 mi. to pkg. on L. Bring snacks/water and sturdy waterproof footwear. L Gail Zwink. [This was originally scheduled for March 9 but had to be delayed.]
Sun, Mar 16. Williams Barn and Sorhaug Woods, Groton. 1:00pm. This hike has a bit of everything, from a low-lying beaver pond, to upland woods, to open orchard, to the highest point in Groton. About 2 hours. Meet at historic Williams Barn on Chicopee Row, 42.62651N 71.56098W. L Olin Lathrop.
Tues, Mar 18. Historic Streets of Boston. Leisurely 4-mi walk. Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill. 6:45-9:00pm. Meet outside Park St. T-stop at wall/fence abutting Park St. Walk ends at Charles Station; early options to leave near Arlington, Park St. stations. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Mar 22. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon. Bring snack/water. From Rte. 3 exit 14, take Rte. 228N 6.5 mi., L on Rte. 3A 1.0mi. to rotary, R on Summer St. 0.5 mi. to light, L on Martin's Lane to entr. Parking. fee. Storm cancels. L Beth Mosias.
Sun, Mar 23. Walden Pond/Sudbury River hike on less traveled paths. Hike on less-traveled paths. 6 miles. Meet at 10:30am near the restrooms at Walden Pond parking lot (parking fee). From Route 2, take Route 126S for 0.3 miles, then turn left into the lot. Winter storm cancels. Call if in doubt. L Jim Loughlin.
Sat, Mar 29. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. Moderate-rated hike, not for beginners. 6.5-mi. loop hike with a number of steep hills, 10am-3pm, mainly on Skyline Trail, lunch on Nahanton Hill with great view, bring lunch, water and sturdy hiking shoes. Meet at Shea Ice Rink, Willard St., Quincy. From SE Expressway Exit 8, S 0.6mi. on Willard St. From I-93/Route128 Exit 6 Braintree, N 0.7mi. Storm cancels. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, Mar 30. Joe English Reservation, Amherst, NH. A 7 mile quiet, hilly wander 9:30am-3:30pm through varied woodlands on well maintained trails. Meet by Peabody Mill Environmental Center, Brook Rd., Amherst, NH. From Nashua, NH, Rte. 3 exit 7, 101A W to junction 101 E (7.4mi) toward Amherst/Manchester. Turn left after 5.7mi on Horace Greeley Rd., left again 0.4 mi. on Brook Rd. Go 1.4 mi. to pkg. at dead end. Traction devices and/or snowshoes may be necessary! Call if weather uncertain. L Mark Levine.
Sun, Mar 30. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. 10:00am-noon guided hike with Arboretum docent on and off trail, up and down hills, stopping at interesting trees. Park on Arborway, meet at Visitors Center. Forest Hills T stop. L Chris McArdle.
Sun, Mar 30. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 6 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-1pm. 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. L Nelson Caraballo.
Sun, Mar 30. Warner Trail, Sharon. Trail clearing, from 12-4:30pm. Bring water, boots, work gloves, bow saws, and clippers. Some tools available. I-95 Exit 8 to South Main Street toward Sharon, and continue 0.1 miles to Shaw's Plaza on the right. Potluck supper follows in Sharon. Names G-J, bring beverages, K-Q, bring salad, R-Z, bring an entrée, and A-F, bring dessert. L Jim Goyea.
Sun, Mar 30. Explore East Boston. From 10am-1:30pm. Harbor walk, Greenway, Piers Park, Chelsea Urban Wild, and more. Meet indoors at Airport T station (Blue Line). Bring lunch, water. Storm cancels. New members welcome. L Sharon Marshall.
Want more listings? Interested in listings for other AMC chapters and committees? You can do a complete search at http://trips.outdoors.org.
with permission of Bill Griffith
with permission of Bill Griffith
Local Walks/Hikes Home - this page.
Recent Local Walks/Hikes (2012)
Local Walks/Hikes, 2011 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2010 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2009 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2008 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2007 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2003 (partial)
Hiking Areas - list of hiking areas and map info
Middlesex Canal - canal walk details
Hunting Seasons - hunting seasons to be aware of
Conditioning Hikes - nearby trails with elevation gain
Easy Walks - walks that are level and easy to follow
Nature Walks - nature and bird walk info
Photo Gallery - photos of the hiking areas and hikes
Local Walks/Hikes Authors - books by Local Walks leaders
Cat Rock and 80 Acres - sample chapter from Elmer Jones' book
Common Plants index - index from Hilary Hopkins' book
Common Plants sample pages - sample pages from Hilary Hopkins' book
BLUE = south of Boston
PURPLE = north of Boston
GREEN = west of Boston
BROWN = out of state