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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 (2014) or check out the other pages linked above and below. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also direct any questions or concerns to this address.
Enjoy the Summer!
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Aug 2. 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-2:30 pm. 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. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, Aug 3. Horn Pond Conservation Land, Woburn. Slow paced nature walk looking for late summer wildflowers and fruits. Focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 9:00am-12:00noon. From Rte 95/128 Exit 33A take Rte 3 South for 3 miles. Left on Pond St. 0.8 miles to parking lot on left. Parking limited, arrive early. Steady rain cancels. L Boot Boutwell.
Thurs, Aug 7. Prospect Hill Park, Waltham. 6:15-8:15pm. Moderately-paced hike on trails and roads with views. From I-95/Route 128 Exit 27 (Totten Pond Road). Continue east 0.7 miles to park on the right. L Henry Gardner.
Sat, Aug 9. Midstate Trail hike over Wachusett. Meet 10:00am at "Town Hayfield" parking spot in Princeton, on Gates Road just north of Goodnow Road corner [GPS 42.459211 - 71.927087]. Leave some cars and shuttle to parking lot of Wachusett Mtn. Ski Area. Hike south over mountain summit and then through Wachusett Meadows Audubon Preserve, 6.2 miles. Rolling terrain with some steeps; moderately strenuous. L Marie Auger.
Sat, Aug 9. Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond. 4 mi. beat-the-heat hike, 7:00am-9:00am. Bring snack/water. I-93/Rte 128 exit 2A to Rte.138S for 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course pkg. lot on L. Storm cancels. L Beth Mosias.
Sun, Aug 10. Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery & North Bridge, Concord. See water lotus in bloom, authors' graves and other Concord wonders on slow-paced, 5 mile ramble. Meet 10:00am. From Concord center take Monument Street 0.5 miles to North Bridge parking area on right. Bring lunch, water and sturdy rambling shoes. L Jerry Yos.
Sun, Aug 10. Noanet Woodlands, Dover. Morning hike with ponds and views. 9:00am-noon. Bring snack/water. From Needham Center take Chestnut St. for 1.5mi. to end. Bear R on Dedham St. & go 1.5mi. to pkg. lot on L at tennis courts. Steady rain cancels. L Henry Gardner.
Sun, Aug 10. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 6 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, snacks. Take Rte. 93S 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. 28S. Turn R into Sheepfold entrance. Or take Rte. 93N to exit 33. Follow Rte. 28 N 2 mi. to Sheepfold entrance on the left. Cancel if rain. L Nelson Caraballo.
Sat, Aug 16. West Quincy Quarries & Granite Railway. 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, 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.
Sat, Aug 16. Boston's South End Old and New. [Registration Required] From 10:00am-2:00pm. Walk shady streets and explore social history, architecture, filled land & parks. Meet indoors Back Bay T Station (Orange Line) near exit turnstile. Bring lunch and water. Heavy rain cancels. Limited to 15. Register with Leader. L Sharon Marshall.
Sun, Aug 17. Midstate Trail hike. Meet at 11:00am at Barre Falls Dam [GPS 42.427891 - 72.023797]. From Rte. 68, take Rte. 62 west for 2.2 miles. Take left on entrance road, and park in first lot on left, just before dam. Leave most cars and shuttle back to the "Town Hayfield" parking spot in Princeton. Hike south 8.5 miles over back roads, through Ware River watershed and Savage Hill. L Tia Koziak.
Sun, Aug 17. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, Leader's Choice. From 9am-1pm. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. I-95/Route 128 to Walnut Street exit, and continue 4 miles. From Route 1, take Walnut Street exit, and continue 2 miles. Turn left on Pennybrook Road to Western Gate parking lot. L Nelson Caraballo.
Fri, Aug 22. Historic Streets of Charlestown. Leisurely 4-mi walk including water views and old homes. 6:30-8:30pm. Meet by park across from Papagayo in City Square. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Aug 23. Midstate Trail hike. Meet 9:00am at trail crossing on East Hill Road in Rutland [GPS 42.340975 - 71.996883]. Leave some cars and shuttle to Barre Falls Dam off Rte. 62 in Barre. Hike south 7.7 miles through Rutland State Park back to East Hill Road with some rolling terrain. L Tim Loftus.
Sat, Aug 23. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. 5 mile challenging hike, 9:30am-1:00pm. Bring lunch/snacks, water & hiking boots. From Rte. 1 in Saugus take Lynn Fells Pkwy West 0.3 mi., right onto Forrest Street. Park at end. Meet at Visitors Center. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Aug 23. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Easy walk in open woods. 10:00am-2:00pm. Meet at Wedgmere Station (Lowell line). I-93 to the Mystic Valley Parkway. Rain cancels. L Betsy Goeke.
Sun, Aug 24. Hike North Pack Monadnock, Greenfield, NH. A rugged, scenic loop of 6.5mi. via Ted's & Carolyn's trails. 9:30am-2:30pm. From Nashua, NH, take Rte. 101A west toward Milford, NH. Blend onto Rte. 101 west toward Wilton, NH. Head north toward Lyndeboro on Rte. 31 and turn left ~8mi. on Russell Station Rd. (look for the Trebuchet Adventure Park on the right and Trojan Horse on the left by this intersection). Continue to Mountain Rd. and turn right ~0.5mi. to parking in a small alcove on the right opposite trailhead. Storm cancels. L Mark Levine.
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 (2014)
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