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Local Walks/Hikes Committee

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 localwalks@amcboston.org. You can also direct any questions or concerns to this address.
Robert Winters, Local Walks/Hikes, Chair and webmaster

Amazing Outdoor Workouts: Hike (Casey Lyons, Boston Magazine, June 2012)
Get out for a walk - Fast walking, not trendy gadgets, is a key to long life (Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe, Jan 8, 2011)

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The Fall is Coming!!!

Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
[Most AMC Local Walks/Hikes are "show and go" without registration. If registration is required, it will say so explicitly in the hike description. Proper footwear required incl. traction gear for snow/ice. Unless otherwise stated, you should assume each hike is at a moderate pace.]

Sat, Sept 13. Midstate Trail through Spencer & Audubon land. Meet 10:00am in Spencer where trail crosses near corner of Ash Street and East Charlton Road [near 160 Ash Street, GPS 42.218513 - 71.980095]. Leave some cars here and shuttle to Route 9 at Spencer Country Inn. Walk south by Audubon land and horse farms, 5.3 miles, back to Ash Street corner. L Tia Koziak. Driving Directions: From Rte. 20, take Rte. 31 north 5.4 miles. Take right on Capon Road .4 miles to end, turn left and park near that corner on Ash Street; which is .1 mile north of GH Wilson Rd and trail crossing. From Rte. 9, take Rte. 31 south. Turn left on East Charlton Rd. to corner of Ash Street where you turn left and park. Difficulty: Moderate

Sat, Sept 13, 2014. Horn Pond Conservation Land, Woburn. (online-only late listing) Moderate 4-mile walk including water views, hike up Horn Pond Mountain, 11:15am-1:15pm. Bring snack/lunch. From Rte. 95/128 exit 33A, take Rte. 3 S 3 mi., L on Pond St. 0.8 mi. to pkg. lot on L. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.

Sun, Sept 14. Burrage Pond, Hanson. (online-only late listing) 5-mile hike, 9:30-11:45am on abandoned cranberry bog, sandy trails featuring open water and marshland. From Rte. 27 in Hanson, Pleasant Street for 0.2 mi., take sharp right to Hawks Ave. across the tracks, left on dirt road at fence, past building to trailhead. GeoCode N 42 01 49.1 W 70 51 32.3. Bring water and snack and wear appropriate footwear. L Mike Tuohey.

Sun, Sept 14. 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-noon. 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.

Sun, Sept 14. Wharton Plantation, Groton. 1:00pm. Come explore the Rocky Hill section of the NEFF Wharton Plantation and adjoining conservation lands. This features streams, beaver ponds, upland forest, and all-around pretty woods. Meet at the Dan Parker Rd. entrance on Rocky Hill Rd, 42.62776N 71.52350W. About 2 hours. L Olin Lathrop.

Sat, Sept 20. Midstate Trail hike. Meet 9:00am where trail crosses Route 20 in Charlton [near 8 Old Worcester Road, GPS 42.146294 - 71.937780]. Leave some cars here and drive to parking turn-off on Ash Street in Spencer. From here hike south 6.4 miles, ending with walk through cow tunnel under Route 20. L Mark Dubois (508-853-9609). Driving Directions: Heading west on Route 20 in Oxford, from corner with Rte. 56, go west on Rte. 20 for 3.0 miles. Take left at stoplight onto Worcester Rd. across from Auto Center (big tan building on right). Go up road and bear left, past trail crossing, and park around cul-de-sac. Difficulty: Moderate

Sat, Sept 20. Parks & Greenways, Quincy. 7-mi. walk w/beach, woods, salt marshes, historic sites, 10:00am - 2:30pm. Bring lunch. Take Quincy Shore Drive to Wollaston Yacht Club pier at Beach St. Or T to Wollaston, walk 1 mile. L Mike Tuohey.

Sun, Sept 21. Explore East Boston. From 10am-2pm. Harbor walk, beaches, historic sites, and more. Meet inside near the exit turnstile at Airport T Station (Blue Line). Bring lunch, water. Storm cancels. New members welcome. L Sharon Marshall.

Sun, Sept 21. Lynn Woods, Lynn. Leader's Choice, 5 miles, 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Dress for the elements. I-95/Route 128 to Walnut Street exit, 4 miles. From Route 1, Walnut Street exit, 2 miles. Turn left on Pennybrook Road to Western Gate parking lot. L Nelson Caraballo.

Sun, Sept 21. Duxbury Beach. 10:00am. It is 10-15 degrees colder on the beach. Please dress accordingly. Begin at Powder Point Bridge crossing 1/2 mile to the peninsula which is surrounded by ocean and bay. Hike the beach for 1.8 miles to High Pines. Cross over to a packed dirt road, the Gurnet Road, which passes through thick pine forest on the ocean side and marsh on the bay. Walk to the Plum Hills, or the Plymouth Town Line, approximately 1 mile. Return the same way. Lunch at French Memories (also owners of Cafe Vanille, Four Seasons Hotel, Boston) at Snug Harbor, Washington Street, Duxbury Center. Click on link for directions. Heavy rain cancels. If uncertain, contact a leader. L Lisa Fleischman, CL Mary Wisbach.

Sat, Sept 27. Midstate Trail over French River in Oxford. Meet 10:00am at end of Rocky Hill Road off Route 12 in Oxford, across from Dana Road, just north of town center [near 52 Rocky Hill Road, GPS 42.132239 - 71.874865]. Leave some cars here and drive to trail crossing on (south side of) Route 20 in Charlton. From here hike south through Hodges Village Dam area to Rocky Hill Road, 5 miles. L Tia Koziak.
Driving Directions: Route I-395 south from Worcester, exit at Depot Road to Route 12, heading south, turn right onto Rocky Hill Road.
Difficulty: Moderate

Sat, Sept 27. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. 10am-2:30pm. Moderate walk. Bring water/lunch. Meet Wedgmere Station, Winchester. From Rte. 93 exit 33 (Medford), take S. Border Rd. W 2.2mi. to Mystic Valley Pkwy., 0.9mi. to Bacon St., R under tracks. Lot on L. Storm cancels. L Betsy Goeke.

Sun, Sept 28. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 6-7 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9:00am-2:00pm. 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, Sept 28. Caryl Park, Dover. Fast-paced hike, 10am, 5mi. Rte.95/128 exit 19, Highland Ave. 1.8mi. to Needham Ctr., R onto Rte.135 1 block, L onto Chestnut St. S 1.5mi., bear R at fork onto Dedham St. 1.5mi. Pkg.lot on L (tennis courts) past Mill Farm. L Joyce Beatty.

Sun, Sept 28. Bedford/Burlington/Lexington Woodlands. Very hilly 6-mi. wander through various conservation & municipal lands. 9:45am-2:30pm. Meet at the new Wilson Mill Park, Old Burlington Rd., Bedford, MA. From Rte. 128 exit 31B head NW 2.1 mi. toward Bedford on MA 225W/MA 4N to MA 62E. Turn R (toward Burlington) and bear R at "Y" in 0.9 mi on Old Burlington Rd. Pkg. lot is 0.3 mi at dead end. Heavy rain cancels (if weather uncertain call). L Mark Levine.

Sat, Oct 4. Acton Arboretum. Slow-paced nature walk in search of a variety of autumn fruits and wildflowers. The walk will focus on plant ID and natural history. 9:30am-12:30pm. From Concord rotary, take Rte 2 West 2.2 miles, Right on Taylor Road 0.7 miles to Arboretum on right. Arrive early, parking limited. (Note - sign faces opposite direction). Steady rain cancels. L Boot Boutwell.

Sat, Oct 4. 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.

Sun, Oct 5. Midstate Trail Oxford to Sutton. Meet at NOON at parking lot by church on Central Turnpike in West Sutton [near 660 Central Turnpike, GPS 42.114499 - 71.799750]. Leave some cars and drive to end of Rocky Hill Road off Route12 in Oxford. Hike south 6.5 miles to West Sutton. Leaders: Tia Koziak.
Driving Directions: Take Rte. 395 south from Worcester to Exit 4A, taking Sutton Ave. east (toward Sutton) for 3.2 miles to church on right. From Rte. 146 take Central Turnpike toward Oxford 4.7 miles to church on left. Difficulty: Moderate

Sun, Oct 5. Blue Hills, Milton. Moderate-to-strenuous hike including Skyline Trail, 9:30am-2:30pm. Bring lunch/water/sturdy footwear. From I-93/Route 128 Exit 3, travel north for 0.5 mi. to the stop sign, turn right on Hillside St. Go 0.2 mi. to Houghton's Pond lot on right. Heavy rain cancels. L Henry Gardner.

Sun, Oct 5. 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. Dogs OK. L Shelly Elzweig.

DCR Southeastern Massachusetts Adult Walking Club - Summer 2014 (HTML)

DCR Southeastern Massachusetts Adult Walking Club - Summer 2014 (PDF)

Want more listings? Interested in listings for other AMC chapters and committees? You can do a complete search at http://trips.outdoors.org.

Zippy walks in the woods

with permission of Bill Griffith

Zippy - Nov 11, 2012

with permission of Bill Griffith

Site Contents:

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)

Local Walks/Hikes, 2002

Local Walks/Hikes, 2001

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

  • Sylvatica Tortuosa (Arnold Arboretum) Sylvatica Tortuosa (Arnold Arboretum)
  • View from Hemlock Hill (Arnold Arboretum) View from Hemlock Hill (Arnold Arboretum)
  • Fawn Lake (Bedford Conservation Lands) Fawn Lake (Bedford Conservation Lands)
  • Fawn Lake Rocks (Bedford Conservation Lands) Fawn Lake Rocks (Bedford Conservation Lands)
  • Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk (Blue Hills) Ponkapoag Bog Boardwalk (Blue Hills)
  • Brook on Hemenway Hill path (Blue Hills) Brook on Hemenway Hill path (Blue Hills)
  • Blue Hills Skyline Trail Blue Hills Skyline Trail
  • Pearce Lake (Breakheart Reservation) Pearce Lake (Breakheart Reservation)
  • Pearce Lake (Breakheart Reservation) Pearce Lake (Breakheart Reservation)
  • Pearce Lake Trail (Breakheart Reservation) Pearce Lake Trail (Breakheart Reservation)
  • Silver Lake Cove (Breakheart Reservation) Silver Lake Cove (Breakheart Reservation)
  • Cormorant (Charles River Greenway) Cormorant (Charles River Greenway)
  • Beavers at work (Concord Conservation Land) Beavers at work (Concord Conservation Land)
  • Beavers at work (Concord Conservation Land) Beavers at work (Concord Conservation Land)
  • Fairhaven Bay (Concord Conservation Land) Fairhaven Bay (Concord Conservation Land)
  • Sudbury River (Concord Conservation Land) Sudbury River (Concord Conservation Land)
  • Sudbury River Overlook (Concord Conservation Land) Sudbury River Overlook (Concord Conservation Land)
  • Halibut Point (Rockport) Halibut Point (Rockport)
  • Halibut Point (Rockport) Halibut Point (Rockport)
  • Feeding Chickadee (Ipswitch River Audubon) Feeding Chickadee (Ipswitch River Audubon)
  • Goose (Lexington Conservation Land) Goose (Lexington Conservation Land)
  • Lunch at Lower Mill Pond, Mt. Misery (Lincoln Conservation Land) Lunch at Lower Mill Pond, Mt. Misery (Lincoln Conservation Land)
  • Upper Mill Pond, Mt. Misery (Lincoln Conservation Land) Upper Mill Pond, Mt. Misery (Lincoln Conservation Land)
  • Jackson Path (Lynn Woods) Jackson Path (Lynn Woods)
  • Stone Tower (Lynn Woods) Stone Tower (Lynn Woods)

Most photos by Jack Boudreau. Others by Mike Stadelmaier, Phil Witonsky, and Susan Luo.