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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.
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Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Aug 30. Midstate Trail past half-way mark. Meet 10:00am on trail crossing at 4H Club horse barns near Buck Hill in Spencer [GPS 42.296125 - 71.982061]. Leave some cars here and shuttle to East Hill Road off Pleasantdale Road in Rutland. Hike south 5.2 miles around Treasure Valley and by Thompson Pond. Rolling terrain and moderate difficulty. L Mark Dubois.
Sat, Aug 30. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. 6.5-mile hike, rocky terrain with a number of steep hills with views. Moderate-rated hike, not for beginners. 10:00am-3:00pm, mainly on Skyline Trail, lunch on Nahanton Hill with great view. Bring lunch/water/hiking shoes. Meet at Shea Ice Rink, Willard St., Quincy. From SE Expressway Exit 8, S 0.6mi. on Willard St. From I-93/Route128 Exit 6 Braintree, N 0.7mi. Email if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.
Sun, Aug 31. Parks & Greenways, Cambridge to Malden. Mostly wooded, somewhat hilly 9-mi. hike w/8 ponds and incl. Middlesex Fells & ending at Oak Grove T sta., 9:30am-2:30pm. Bring lunch & water. Meet on W side of Alewife T sta. at passenger drop-off. L Robert Winters, CL Mike Stadelmaier.
Mon, Sept 1. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile walk, 8:30am-11:30am. Bring snack/water. From Rte. 3 exit 14, take Rte. 228N 6.5 mi., L on Rte. 3A 1.0mi. to rotary, R on Summer St. 0.5 mi. to light, L on Martin's Lane to entr. Parking. fee. Storm cancels. L Beth Mosias.
Mon, Sept 1. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. 4-mi. walk among 5000 kinds of trees & shrubs, 12:30-2:45pm. Bring snack & water. Meet at Admin. Bldg., Arborway. Take T to Forest Hills sta., walk 0.6 mi. L Robert Winters, CL Mike Stadelmaier.
Tues, Sept 2, 2014. Castle Island, South Boston. Leisurely 4-mi. walk along harbor, 6:15-7:45pm. From SE Expressway take JFK Exit, follow beach along Day Boulevard to end. Meet in front of Sullivan's. Bus: Red Line to Broadway Station, then City Point buses #9 or #11. Walk E toward water, L on Day Boulevard. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sat, Sept 6, 2014. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 8.5 mile. hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm. Bring lunch/water/hiking shoes. Rte. 3 Exit 14 to Rte. 228N toward Hingham, 4 mi. to Wompatuck sign, then R on Free St. 1.3 mi. to visitor center pkg. lot. Email if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.
Sat, Sept 6, 2014. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Fast-paced 7-mile hike to lesser-known hills in the western Fells. 9:30am-1:30pm. Bring lunch 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.
Sun, Sept 7, 2014. Lincoln/Concord Conservation Land. Moderate hike to Mt Misery/Fairhaven Bay, 9:30am-2:30pm. Bring lunch/water/sturdy footwear. Meet Lincoln RR Station. Rte. 95/128 exit 28, take Trapelo Rd. W 2.5mi. to stop. L onto Lincoln Rd. 1.3mi. to Lincoln RR sta. pkg. on R before tracks. Heavy rain cancels. L Henry Gardner.
Sun, Sept 7, 2014. Midstate Trail hike in Spencer hills. Meet at 1:00pm near where trail crosses Route 9 in Spencer at Spencer Country Inn [near 412 Main Street, GPS 42.255979 - 71.956709]. Leave some cars here and shuttle to McCormack Road by 4-H Club horse barns near Buck Hill. Hike south over Moose Hill and across Moose Hill Reservoir dam back to Route 9, 6 miles moderate pace over short, steep hills. L David Sensenig Jr. Driving Directions: Follow Route 9 west of Worcester to Spencer Country Inn on Route 9 [Main Street] in Spencer near 412 Main Street, GPS 42.255979 - 71.956709. Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Sept 13, 2014. 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. Burrage Pond, Hanson. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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, 2014. 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.
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