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Appalachian Mountain Club
The AMC Boston Chapter Local Walks/Hikes Committee leads day hikes and nature walks year-round primarily 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 or check out the other pages linked above and below. You can also download a PDF of all AMC Boston Chapter event listings for the next two months at http://current.amcboston.org. This may be useful now that trip listings are no longer in Outdoors magazine. 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 [localwalks AT rwinters DOT com]. You can also direct any questions or concerns to this address.
Jim Loughlin, Chair, Local Walks/Hikes
Robert Winters, Local Walks/Hikes, webmaster & trip coordinator
Fall Hiking is the best!
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Nov 28. Boston's Back Bay Fens. [Though there may be some intermittent rain, this walk is still going forward!] Victory Gardens, War Memorial, and neighboring schools and cultural institutions. From 10:00am-1:30pm. Meet at corner of Huntington Ave. & Museum Rd. (Museum stop on Green Line "E"). Bring lunch & water. New members welcome. Heavy rain cancels. L Sharon Marshall.
Sat, Nov 28. West Quincy Quarries & Granite Railway. [Cancelled due to rain] 5.5-mile.walk to Granite Railway & quarries, some rock scrambling and steep sections, 10:30am-2:30pm. Bring lunch/water/hiking shoes. Meet at Shea Ice Rink, 651 Willard St., Quincy. From SE Expressway Exit 8 in Quincy, go south 0.6 miles on Willard St. Or from I-93/Route 128 Exit 6 in Braintree, go north 0.7 miles. Or for public transit take Bus 238 from Quincy Center T station. Email if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, Nov 29. Blue Hills, Milton. Challenging and fast-paced 7-mi. hike to Great Blue, Hemenway & Hancock hills, including little-used trails with spectacular scenery, 9:15am-12:45pm. Bring snack, water, & sturdy footwear. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2B, take Rte. 138 N 1.3 mi. to pkg. lot on R just past Trailside Museum. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sun, Dec 6. Habitat Audubon Sanctuary, Belmont. Slow-paced nature walk through forests and fields and around pond focusing on plant ID of bare trees, naked shrubs and winter weeds. We'll also talk about fun and interesting natural history of the plants we see. 1:00-4:00pm. From Rte 2, Exit 59 go west on Rte 60/Pleasant St. 0.6miles. Right onto Clifton St, first left on Fletcher Rd, bear left at fork, next left on Juniper Rd. 0.2 miles to Sanctuary at #10 Juniper Rd. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. $1 for non-members. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass. Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the AMC and other organizations. L Boot Boutwell.
Sun, Dec 6. Blue Hills Hike, Quincy. 10:00am-3:00pm. 7-mile Chickatawbut section hike in the wildest and most remote area of the Blue Hills Reservation. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Sat, Dec 12. Little Blue Hill Nature Hike, Canton. 10:00am-12:00pm. 3-mile nature walk in this little-known section of the Blue Hills Reservation to look for signs of birds and animals in winter. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Sat, Dec 19. Holiday Wreaths & Green Boughs. Admire seasonal decorations in Boston's Back Bay & Beacon Hill. 9:30am-11:30am. Meet near Park Street T Station (Green Line) at the corner of Tremont and Park Streets. Bring snacks, water. Heavy rain/snow cancels. New members welcome. L Sharon Marshall.
Sun, Dec 20. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Mod-stren. 7mi. hike. 9:00am-2:00pm. Bring lunch/water/snacks. From the north, take Rte. 93S to exit 35. At stop sign, go L under highway. Next stop sign go R. At first lights, R onto Rte. 28, R into Sheepfold entrance. From the south, take Rte. 93N to exit 33 (Route 28). Entrance on L (2 mi.). Rain cancels. L Nelson Caraballo.
Sun, Dec 20. Beaver Brook, NH. Feeling stressed? Get outside and hike/snowshoe around beautiful Wildlife Pond in Hollis, NH. The hike will be about 1.5 to 2 hours. Please be sure to bring water and snacks. Rain or stormy weather will cancel. We will meet at 1:00pm. From Route 3 in New Hampshire take route 130 west to Hollis Center. At the junction of route 122 and route 130 at the stop light, stay on route 130 drive 1.7 miles toward Brookline, NH. The Wildlife Pond Parking lot is a large dirt lot on the right. L Judy Barthakur.
Want more listings? Interested in listings for other AMC chapters and committees? You can do a complete search at http://trips.outdoors.org. You can also download a PDF of all AMC Boston Chapter event listings for the next two months at http://current.amcboston.org. This may be useful now that trip listings are no longer in Outdoors magazine.
with permission of Bill Griffith
with permission of Bill Griffith
Local Walks/Hikes Home - this page.
Recent Local Walks/Hikes (2015)
Local Walks/Hikes, 2014 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2013 - brief descriptions
Local Walks/Hikes, 2012 - brief descriptions
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