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Recent Local Walks/Hikes (2014) - brief descriptions

Meeting locations, driving directions, leader names, and other details have been omitted. See the current issue of AMC Outdoors (the monthly AMC members magazine) or the trip listings at http://trips.outdoors.org for this month's schedule. A partial listing of upcoming hikes is also available at the Local Walks/Hikes home page. The Photo Gallery pages have photos of some of the hiking areas.

January 2014

Wed, Jan 1. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, L's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm.

Sat, Jan 4. Weston Conservation Land. Moderate 7-mi. hike/snowshoe to Sears Land and Cat Rock , 9:30am-1:30pm. [Canceled due to extreme weather]

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.

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. 9:30am-12:30pm.

Tues, Jan 7. Historic Streets of Boston. Leisurely 4-mi walk. Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill. 6:45-9:00pm.

Sat, Jan 11. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. 10:30-noon brisk walk off trail with stops at interesting trees.

Sat, Jan 11. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mile. hike, some rocky steep hills to cliff views including waterfall w/lunch at pond. [Hike cancelled due to wet conditions and expected rain.]

Sun, Jan 12. J Harry Rich State Forest, Groton. This area features low-lying woods and great views of the Nashua River, including where the river has shifted leaving slow-flowing areas frequented by wildlife.

Sun, Jan 12. Powisett Farm, Dover. Snowshoe/walk, thru meadows, 1-3pm.

Sat, Jan 18. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. 6.5-mile hike rocky terrain with a number of steep hills with views. [postponed to Feb 22 due to rain/snow]

Sun, Jan 19. Bedford/Burlington/Lexington Woodlands. Very hilly 6-mi. wander through various conservation & municipal lands. 9:45am-2:30pm.

Sun, Jan 19. Mt. Watatic, Ashburnham. Moderate-to-strenuous 5-mile hike to open summit with good views.

Mon, Jan 20. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2pm.

Mon, Jan 20. Statues of Boston. 10:30-noon. Meet Starbucks, corner of Beacon and Charles to walk the statues of Comm Ave, Beacon Hill, Quincy Market, North End.

Sat, Jan 25. Blue Hills, Milton. 5-mile snowshoe or hike, 11:00am.

Sun, Jan 26. 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, 10am-3pm.

Sun, Jan 26. Wayside Inn/Memorial Forest Reservation, Sudbury. Explore trails around Wayside Inn/Memorial Forest Reservation. Hot cider at historic Wayside Inn pub afterwards.

February 2014

Sat, Feb 1. 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.

Sat, Feb 1. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 8 mile hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sun, Feb 2. Annual Soupe de Poisson Hike, Blue Hills. Walk in honor of Meade Bradner. Short hike then walk into Ponkapoag Camp for hot fish chowder.

Sun, Feb 2. Pond Meadow, Braintree. Easy/moderate 4-mi. walk/snowshoe. 9:45am-12pm.

Sat, 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.

Sun, Feb 9. Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate 5-mi. hike around Ponkapoag Pond, 12:30-3:30pm.

Sun, Feb 9. Groton Place To Surrendon Farms, Groton. We'll start at the popular "dog park", but explore the lesser-known gems beyond. Includes hiking along the scenic Nashua River, but also varied upland forest and open fields. About 2-3 hours.

Sat, Feb 15. Neponset River Greenway, Milton Hill. 5-mile walk along Neponset River to Hutchinson Field, 9:30am-12:15pm.

Sun, Feb 16. Borderland State Park, No. Easton. [CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWSTORM] Hike 5 mi. on a variety of trails. Meet at 10:00am at the Visitors Center.

Mon, Feb 17. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2pm.

Sat, Feb 22. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. 6.5-mile hike rocky terrain with a number of steep hills with views.

Sun, Feb 23. Marblehead Light and Castle Rock, Marblehead. Approx 4-mi walk from Deveraux Beach to Castle Rock and Marblehead Light followed by optional hot chocolate break. 12:30-3:30pm.

March 2014

Sat, Mar 1. Hale Reservation, Westwood/Dover. Mod. 6-mi. snowshoe/hike including ponds, cabins, lodges, 9:30am-1:30pm.

Sat, Mar 1. West Quincy Quarries & Granite Railway, Quincy. 5.5-mi.walk to Granite Railway & quarries, some rock scrambling and steep sections, 10:30am-2:30pm.

Sun, Mar 2. Blue Hills Hike, Milton. Seven-mile hike in the Houghton section of the Blue Hills Reservation on a variety of trails with several views and lunch on Buck Hill, 10am-3:30pm. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills.

Sat, Mar 8. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mile. hike, some rocky steep hills to cliff views including waterfall w/lunch at pond. Moderate-rated hike, not for beginners. 10:00am-2:30pm.

Sun, Mar 9. Bay Circuit Trail, Concord. Slow-paced walk of about 5 miles along section of Bay Circuit Trail.

Sat, Mar 15. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Hike/snowshoe; 10am. Wedgmere Station (Lowell Line). Return for 1:30pm train.

Sat, Mar 15. Weston Conservation Land. Moderate 7-mi. hike/snowshoe to Sears Land and Cat Rock , 9:30am-1:30pm.

Sun, Mar 16. Wayside Inn to Sudbury Valley Memorial Forest. Approximately 4 miles on back roads and trails, 1:00-4:00pm.

Sun, Mar 16. Williams Barn and Sorhaug Woods, Groton. 1:00pm. This hike has a bit of everything, from a low-lying beaver pond, to upland woods, to open orchard, to the highest point in Groton.

Tues, Mar 18. Historic Streets of Boston. Leisurely 4-mi walk. Back Bay, South End, Beacon Hill. 6:45-9:00pm.

Sat, Mar 22. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon.

Sun, Mar 23. Walden Pond/Sudbury River hike on less traveled paths. Hike on less-traveled paths. 6 miles. Meet at 10:30am.

Sat, Mar 29. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. Moderate-rated hike, not for beginners. 6.5-mi. loop hike with a number of steep hills, 10am-3pm, mainly on Skyline Trail, lunch on Nahanton Hill with great view.

Sun, Mar 30. Joe English Reservation, Amherst, NH. A 7 mile quiet, hilly wander 9:30am-3:30pm through varied woodlands on well maintained trails.

Sun, Mar 30. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. 10:00am-noon guided hike with Arboretum docent on and off trail, up and down hills, stopping at interesting trees.

Sun, Mar 30. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 6 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-1pm.

Sun, Mar 30. Warner Trail, Sharon. Trail clearing, from 12-4:30pm.

Sun, Mar 30. Explore East Boston. From 10am-1:30pm. Harbor walk, Greenway, Piers Park, Chelsea Urban Wild, and more.

April 2014

Sat, Apr 5. Castle Island, South Boston. Fast-paced seven-mile scenic walk along ocean to Castle Island, 10:00am-1:30pm.

Sat, Apr 5. Middlesex Fells, Medford. Slow-paced nature walk in search of early flowering plants and other signs of approaching spring. The walk will focus on plant ID and interesting natural history. 9:00am-12:00pm.

Sun, Apr 6. Mine Falls Park, Nashua, NH. 6-mile easy walk along Nashua River, canal with 1886 gatehouse, spectacular waterfall in 325-acre park, from 9:45am-2pm.

Sun, Apr 6. Mt. Misery , Farrar Pond, and adj. conservation areas, Lincoln, MA. 9 mi. Meet at 9:30am in Lincoln RR commuter pkg. lot.

Sun, Apr 6. Warner Trail, Cumberland, RI. 9:30am-4pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Wampum Corner, Wrentham to Diamond Hill. 70th season.

Sun, Apr 6. Middlesex Fells, Stoneham. Easy 2 hr. walk in Middlesex Fells. Meet at 2pm at Greenwood Park.

Sat, Apr 12. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 8.5 mile. hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, Apr 12. Delaney Wildlife Mgt. Area, Stow, MA. Meet at 10am, finish by mid-afternoon. 6-7 miles. Two small stream crossings.

Sat, Apr 12. Walden Woods, Wright Forest, Concord, MA. Thoreau interpretive path, forest, marshes, vernal pool (frog chorus). 10:00am-1:30pm.

Sun, Apr 13. Blue Hills, Milton. 7-mile hike on a variety of trails in the Blue Hill Section of the Blue Hills Reservation. Some steep trails, including the Skyline Trail with views, 10:00am-3:00pm. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills.

Sun, Apr 13. The Throne, Groton. 1:00pm. Hike thru one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels in the area, featuring mostly upland forest and generally pretty woods. About 2 hours.

Sun, Apr 13. Warner Trail, Wrentham. 9:30am-4pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Wampum Corner to Crocker Pond.

More to come...