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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.
Make Way for Winter!!!
Upcoming Local Walks ($1 for non-members...but, please, become a member!):
Sat, Dec 14. Borderland State Park, No. Easton. Hike 5 mi. on a variety of trails. Meet at 11:00am at the Visitors Center with appropriate footwear for the conditions. Bring water and snack. Take Rte. 95 south (towards Providence), exit 10 (Sharon, Walpole and Coney Street). L at the end of the ramp; follow this road, two or three mi. to the traffic lights in Sharon Center. Go straight thru this intersection and immediately bear right onto Pond St. Follow Pond St. for 1.5 mi. until you come to a traffic rotary. Go half way around the rotary and continue onto Massapoag Ave. 3 mi. to the park entrance on L. For directions, see http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/borderland/directions.htm. Rain or storm cancels. L Claire Braye.
Sat, Dec 14. Holiday Wreaths & Green Boughs, Boston. From 9:30am-11:30am. Admire seasonal decorations in Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill. Meet near Park Street T Station (Green Line) at the corner of Tremont and Park Streets. Bring snacks, water. Heavy rain/snow cancels. New members welcome. L Sharon Marshall.
Sat, Dec 14. 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. 12:30-3:30pm. 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). Parking limited, arrive early. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. [Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the Appalachian Mountain Club and other organizations.] L Boot Boutwell.
Sun, Dec 15. Noanet Woodlands, Dover. Hike with ponds and views. 9:30am-12:30pm. 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. Rain cancels. L Henry Gardner.
Sun, Dec 15. 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, Dec 21. 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, Dec 22. Little Blue Hill Nature Hike, Canton. 3-mile nature walk in this little-known section of the Blue Hills Reservation to look for signs of birds and animals in winter, 10 am-noon. From I-93/Route 128 Exit 2B, take Route 138 north to rear of the Park-&-Ride lot on left just after Dunkin Donuts. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Wed, 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.
Wed, Dec 25. Foss Farms, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Greenough Land, Carlisle, MA. 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.
Wed, Dec 25. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, L's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, and snacks. Dress for the elements. Stabilicer/Yak Track suggested for ice/snow. 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.
Sat, Dec 28. 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.
Sun, Dec 29. Burlington Reservoir, Burlington. Gentle walk around reservoir and through woods, 10:00am-2:30pm. Meet for carpool. From I-95/Rte. 128 Exit 35 (Woburn) take Rte. 38S for 0.1 mi., then R (Middlesex Canal Drive) past Holiday Inn to SW corner of pkg. lot behind Woburn Cinemas. L Jerry Yos.
Wed, Jan 1. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, L's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm. Bring lunch, H2O, and snacks. Dress for the elements. Stabilicer/Yak Track suggested for ice/snow. 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.
Sat, Jan 4. Weston Conservation Land. Moderate 7-mi. hike/snowshoe to Sears Land and Cat Rock , 9:30am-1:30pm. Bring lunch & water. Meet at Kendall Green RR sta. From Rte. 95/128 exit 26 in Waltham , take Rte. 20 E 1 mi., L onto Rte. 117 W 1.6 mi., L onto Church St. 1 block. Train from N. Sta. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Sun, Jan 5. Blue Hills, Canton. Cross-country ski 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, 10am-3pm. 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.
Sun, Jan 5. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. 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. 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 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. Parking limited/arrive early. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. L Boot Boutwell.
Tues, Jan 7. Historic Streets of Boston. Leisurely 4-mi walk. Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill. 6:45-9:00pm. Meet outside Park St. T-stop at wall/fence abutting Park St. Walk ends at Charles Station; early options to leave near Arlington, Park St. stations. Storm cancels. L Marc Hurwitz.
Dec 21, 2013 - Annual DCR Walking Club Holiday Open House from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at scenic Brookwood Farm located at 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton. If you have any questions call Ranger Ray McKinnon at 617-698-1802, ext. 310.
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