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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.
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Tues, June 18. Blue Hills, Milton, MA. Moderate 4-mi. after-work hike including possible sunset view, 7-9pm. Bring snack, water, & sturdy footwear. From Rte. 93/128 exit 3 (Houghtons/Ponkapoag), go N 0.5 mi. to stop sign, R on Hillside St. 0.2 mi. to Houghtons Pond lot on R. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Thurs, June 20. West Cambridge, MA. Moderate paced 5-mi. city walk will include Longfellow Park, Brattle Street, many historic stops and return along the Charles River. 6-9pm. Meet in front of Harvard Square T-Stop at top of stairs. Heavy rain/storm cancels. L George Hovorka.
Sat, June 22, 2013. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mile. hike, some rocky steep hills to cliff views including waterfall w/lunch at pond, 10:00am-2:15 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, June 23, 2013. Boston/Charlestown Harbor Walk. Visit scenic & historic sites on brisk 12-mi. walk along waterfront from Charlestown to Dorchester Heights, 9:00am. Stop for lunch in North End. Shorter options available. Meet at Kendall T sta., Cambridge. Rain cancels. L Shelly Elzweig.
Sun, June 23, 2013. Blue Hills Reservation, Quincy. Moderate to strenuous 5-6 mile hike on Skyline and other trails w/some steep hills. Although the pace will be moderate, this hike will be a workout. Not for beginners. 10:00am-2:00pm. Bring lunch/water/sturdy footwear. Meet Shea Ice Rink, Willard St. From SE Expwy, Exit 8 (Quincy), go S (Willard St.) 0.6 mi. Or from Rte. 93/128 Exit 6 (Braintree), go N 0.7 mi. Or Bus 238 from Quincy Ctr. Heavy rain cancels. L Bill McDonald. [Web-only late listing]
Sat, June 29, 2013. Parks & Greenways, Quincy. 7-mile. walk w/beach, woods, salt marshes, historic sites, 10am-2:30pm. Bring lunch & water. Take Quincy Shore Drive to Wollaston Yacht Club pier at Beach St. Or T to Wollaston, walk 1 mile. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, June 30, 2013. Waterville Valley, NH. Leisurely scenic hike. 9mi. w/shorter options. Some steep sections. Bring lunch, water, raingear, sturdy footwear. 7am carpool (Woburn). I-95/Rte. 128 Exit 35 (Woburn) to Rte. 38S for 0.1mi., then R (Middlesex Canal Drive) past Holiday Inn to SW corner of pkg. lot behind Woburn Cinemas. L Jerry Yos.
Thurs, July 4, 2013. Freedom Trail, Boston. 8:45am. Celebrate Boston's role in America's struggle for freedom on a narrated walk to 16 historically significant Freedom Trail sites. Heavy rain cancels. Limited to 20. L Bill McDonald.
Thurs, July 4, 2013. World's End Reservation, Hingham, MA. Scenic 5-mi. walk, 8:30-11:30am. Bring snack/water. From Rte.3A rotary in Hingham, take Summer St. 0.5mi. to light, L on Martin's Lane to entr. Pkg. fee. Avoid Rte.228 due to holiday event road closures. Storm cancels. No e-mail after 7/1. L Beth Mosias.
Thurs, July 4, 2013. Parks & Greenways, Boston, MA. 10-mi. walk incl. Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace, SW Corridor Park, Boston Harborwalk, Freedom Trail, 12:30-5:15pm. Many shorter options. Bring snacks. Meet at Forest Hills T by exit turnstiles. L Robert Winters, CL Mike Stadelmaier.
Fri, July 5, 2013. Historic Streets of Charlestown. Leisurely 4-mi walk including water views and old homes. 6:45-8:45pm. Meet by park across from Papagayo in City Square. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, July 6, 2013. Middlesex Fells, Malden, MA. 7-mi. shady hike w/lunch at pond, 10am-2:15pm. 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 or park on street. L Robert Winters, CL Mike Stadelmaier.
Sat, July 6, 2013. Neponset River Greenway/Milton Hill, Dorchester. 5-mile walk along Neponset River to Hutchinson Field, 9:30am-12:15pm. Bring snack/water. Meet at Hallet Street entrance to Pope John Paul II Park. From Route 93N, take exit 11 (11B from Route 93S) to Granite Avenue, north over Neponset River, immediate right on Hilltop Street, right on Hallet Street, under bridge into parking lot. Call if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, July 7, 2013. Boston's Developing Waterfront. 10am-2pm. Moderately fast-paced walk. Explore Ft. Point Channel, Marine Industrial Park, Rowe's Wharf, Rose Kennedy Greenway. Meet at South Station (Red Line T) indoors at exit to Atlantic Ave. and Summer St. Bring lunch, water. Storm cancels. New members welcome. Ltd. to 15. L Sharon Marshall.
Sun, July 7, 2013. Blue Hills, Quincy. Difficult, fast-paced 6 mi. hike through hilly, remote areas, 3:00pm-6:00pm. Bring snack, water. Meet at Shea Ice Rink, Willard St., Quincy. From SE Expwy exit 8 in Quincy, go S 0.6 mi. on Willard St. Or from Rte. 93/128 exit 6 in Braintree, go N 0.7 mi. Bus 238 from Quincy Ctr. T sta. No reg. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
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