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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. 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.
Fall Hiking is the Best Hiking!
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Dec 20. Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond. Brisk paced 4-5 mi around Ponkapoag Pond, 9:30am-noon. Bring traction devices, if required. Meet at Ponkapoag Golf Course, Rt. 138, Canton, 0.7 mi. S of I-93/Rt. 128 Exit 2A. Rain cancels. L Debbie Kee. [This hike was rescheduled from Dec 6 due to threat of rain.]
Thurs, Dec 25. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 4-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:00am-12:15pm. Bring snack & water. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. If no snow, bring traction device for boots. L Beth Mosias.
Thurs, Dec 25. Foss Farms, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Greenough Land, Carlisle. Easy approx. 4-5 mi. wander through a good birding area with river and pond views, pine forest and red maple swamp. Snowshoe if sufficient snow cover. Meet 10am. Foss Farms parking lot, about 1/3 mi west of Concord River off Rte. 225. From Rte. 128 Exit 31B follow Rtes. 4/225 through Bedford, continuing on Rte. 225 toward Carlisle. Storm cancels. If weather uncertain contact Leader. L Mark Levine.
Sat, Dec 27. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Fast-paced hilly 7-mi. hike/snowshoe mostly on Skyline Trail and/or Reservoir Trail (depending on conditions), 9:30am-1:30pm. Bring snack and sturdy footgear. From Route 93, take exit 33 in Medford, go west on South Border Road toward Winchester; two miles to paved Long Pond lot on the right. Rain cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Dec 27. Neponset River Greenway/Milton Hill. 5-mile walk along Neponset River to Hutchinson Field, 9:30am-12:15pm. Bring snack. 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 under bridge into parking lot. E-mail if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.
Tues, Dec 30. Holiday Lights Walk, Boston. Leisurely 4-mi walk to view holiday lights in Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill, 6:45pm-9:15pm. Bring snack. Meet along wall abutting Park Street at Park St. T Stop on Boston Common. Walk ends at Boylston Street by Boston Common. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Jan 3. Blue Hills, Canton. Snowshoe 6 miles, or hike up to 8 miles if no snow, across golf course, down trails, and around Ponkapoag Pond in the Blue Hills Reservation, 10 am-3 pm. Meet at Ponkapoag Golf Course, Route 138, Canton, 0.7 miles south of I-93/Route 128 Exit 2A. Call if weather is questionable. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Sat, Jan 10 - Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Evergreens and other easily recognizable plants of winter. Slow-paced nature walk focusing on plant ID in winter and fun natural history. 9:30am-12:30pm. Rte. 93 to Exit 33. At Rotary go right onto South Border Rd./Winchester. Two miles to Long Pond Parking Lot on right (Opposite #532 South Border Rd, Winchester). Parking limited, arrive early. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. L Boot Boutwell.
Sat, Jan 10. Middlesex Fells, Malden. w/Mike Tuohey. Details to follow.
Sat, Jan 17. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. 5-mile challenging hike/snowshoe, 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.
Sun, Jan 18. Blue Hills, Quincy. Snowshoe 6 miles in the Eastern section of the Blue Hills Reservation over moderate terrain, or hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow, 10 am-3 pm. 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. Call if weather questionable. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Sun, Jan 18. Purgatory Falls, Milford, NH. 6-mi. lollipop route along picturesque stream past waterfalls, cascades, along ledges & hilly forest terrain, 9:30am-3:30pm. From Nashua NH go W on Rte. 101A toward Milford 7 mi., L onto Rte. 101 W ramp toward Wilton, NH 5 mi., continue N thru light (cross Rte. 101A) over bridge onto North River Rd., 0.8 mi. cross Center Rd. 0.5 mi. to McClellan Tr. lot on L. Conditions may require traction devices/snowshoes. Storm cancels. L Mark Levine.
Sun, Jan 18. Powisett Farm, Dover. Snowshoe/walk, thru meadows, 1-3pm. Meet at grey barn. I-95/Rte. 128 Exit 16B to Rte. 109W for 1 mi., then R on Dover Rd. becomes Powisett Road. 2.5 mi. to Powisett Farm on left. Trustees of Reservation property. Rain cancels. L Jean Veigas.
Mon, Jan 19. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm Bring lunch & water. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. If no snow, bring traction device for boots. L Beth Mosias.
Sun, Jan 25. 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. Call if icy. L Chris McArdle.
Sat, Jan 31. West Quincy Quarries. w/Mike Tuohey. Details to follow.
Sun, Feb 1. Pond Meadow, Braintree. Easy/moderate 4-mi. walk/snowshoe. 9:45am-12pm. Bring snack/water/hiking poles/sturdy footwear/traction devices/snowshoes. Meet Braintree lot. Rte. 3 S (past Braintree split) exit 17 to traffic circle, 3rd R (Union Street) east 0.7 mi., R (Middle St.) 0.7 mi., L (Liberty St.), immediate R into lot. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sun, Feb 1. Annual Soupe de Poisson Hike, Blue Hills, Milton. Walk in honor of Meade Bradner. We meet at 12:30pm at the Blue Hills for a short hike then walk into Ponkapoag Camp for hot fish chowder. Bring $2.00, a cup and a spoon. Register w/CL Corinne Waite. Ls Jim Goyea, Loretta O’Brien.
Sat, Feb 7. Middlesex Fells, Medford. Slow-paced nature walk in the Bellevue Pond area focusing on plant ID and fun and interesting natural history of evergreens and other easily recognizable plants of winter. 9:30am-12:30pm. Rte. 93 to Exit 33. At rotary, go right onto South Border Rd./Winchester and continue a couple of hundred yards to Bellevue Pond Parking Lot on right (opposite #68 South Border Rd, Medford). Parking limited/arrive early. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. L Boot Boutwell.
Sun, Feb 8. Blue Hills, Quincy. Snowshoe 6 miles in the Chickatawbut section, the most remote area of the Blue Hills Reservation. Will hike 7 miles in hilly areas if no snow, 10 am-3 pm. 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. Call if weather questionable. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Sun, Feb 8. Burrage Pond, Hanson. w/Mike Tuohey. Details to follow.
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 (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