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Recent Local Walks/Hikes (2017) - 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 2017

Sun, Jan 1. Walk off New Year's in Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. Explore Arboretum on and off path, up and down hill, with Arboretum guide, good pace with stops at interesting trees. 10.30am-noon.

Sun, Jan 1. Lynn Woods, Lynn. New Years Day Hike. Leader's Choice. 9:00am start.

Sat, Jan 7. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Gilson Hill. 9:45am-noon. Meet by flag of Dutile School, 10 Biagiotti Way, Billerica. Easy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore Gilson Hill, with a focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Jan 14. Blue Hills, Milton. Fast-paced 7-mi. hike that features 10 special "points of interest" including overlooks, streams, ponds, and cliffs, 9:30am-1:30pm.

Sat, Jan 14. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Concord River Greenway. 9:45am-noon. Easy two hour hike to explore the old B&M RR, the Concord River, Lover's Lane and proposed Yankee Doodle Bike Path.

Sun, Jan 15. Beaver Brook Assoc, Hollis, NH. 8-9mi. over varied terrain w/pond & brook views, beaver lodges, waterfowl & "French meadow", 9:30am-3:00pm.

Sun, Jan 15. River Romp, Groton. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Hike thru conservation lands along the scenic Nashua River in its winter splendor.

Mon, Jan 16. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, Jan 21. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Jones Forest. 9:45am-noon. Easy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore Jones Forest and the Country Club, by Shawsheen River. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Jan 21. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 10 mile hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sun, Jan 22. Beaver Brook, Hollis, NH. 1:00pm. Come out and enjoy a winter snowshoe/hike at Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH. This hike will be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours depending on trail conditions.

Sat, Jan 28. Hike Beautiful Billerica - The Fields. 9:45am-noon.vEasy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore Narrow Gauge and B&M RR and Martina Gage conservation land. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Jan 28. Eastern Blue Hills, Quincy. Fast-paced 7-mi. hike to remote scenic areas including Fox Hill, Sassaman Notch, Kitchamakin ledges, 9:30am-1:30pm.

Sun, Jan 29. Lincoln Woods Ramble. Lincoln Woods ramble of about 4-6 miles.

February 2017

Sat, Feb 4. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Warren Manning. 9:45am-noon. Easy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, through Warren Manning State Forest.

Sat, Feb 4. Annual Soupe de Poisson Hike, Blue Hills. Walk in honor of Meade Bradner, who spent many years caring for the Warner Trail. Registration Required. [Cancelled - low response]

Sun, Feb 5. Powisett Farm, Dover. Snowshoe/walk, thru meadows, 1:00-3:00pm.

Sun, Feb 5. Fresh Pond and Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Walk around Fresh Pond and wander through Mount Auburn Cemetery in scenic Cambridge, MA.

Sun, Feb 5. Pond Meadow, Braintree. Easy/moderate 4-mi. walk. 9:45am-12:00pm.

Sat, Feb 11. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Leader's Choice. Hike/snowshoe. Meet at Wedgmere RR Station (Lowell Line) 10:00am, return for 1:30pm train.

Sat, Feb 11. Blue Hills Plateau Hike, Blue Hills Reservation, Canton. Fast-paced 7-mi. hike/snowshoe on mostly moderate trails through the uplands of the west-central Blue Hills, including Great Blue Hill, Hemenway Hill, Wildcat Notch, Breakneck Ledge, Coon Hollow, 9:30am-1:30pm.

Sun, Feb 12. 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. 9:00am-12:00pm.

Sat, Feb 18. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park. 9:45am-noon. Easy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore Ralph Hill SVT Conservation Area and Concord River. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Feb 18. Neponset River Greenway/Milton Hill. 5-mile walk along Neponset River to Hutchinson Field, 9:30am-12:15pm.

Sun, Feb 19. Nagog Pond & Sarah Doublet, Acton/Littleton. 9:30am-2:30pm. This 7½ mi. route wanders through a portion of Acton's Nagog Hill area, hugs the shore of Nagog Pond, loops through the hilly Sarah Doublet area in Littleton where we plan to have lunch and offer an optional excursion to Fort Pond via a short spur trail. Our return covers the remaining portion of Nagog Pond.

Sun, Feb 19. Wild Wharton, Groton. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come see this spectacular conservation area featuring beaver ponds, eskers, varied wetlands, upland forest, and hopefully lots of interesting animal tracks in the snow.

Mon, Feb 20. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, Feb 25. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Summit Fox Hill. 9:45am-noon. Easy two hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore Fox Hill. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Feb 25. Blue Hills Plateau Hike, Blue Hills Reservation, Canton. Fast-paced 7-mi. hike/snowshoe on mostly moderate trails through the uplands of the west-central Blue Hills, including Great Blue Hill, Hemenway Hill, Wildcat Notch, Breakneck Ledge, Coon Hollow, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sun, Feb 26. Broadmoor Mass Audubon walk, Natick. 10:30am-12:30pm. Join us for a walk in this convenient (Natick on Route 16), yet expansive wildlife retreat, along the Charles River. Moderate pace, easy trails with some gentle hills and rocks.

March 2017

Sat, Mar 4. 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.

Fri, Mar 10. Beacon Hill, North End, Downtown Boston. 5-mi walk including historic streets, secret alleyways, and visits to Boston Public Market and a hidden bread bakery, with possible bar/restaurant option at end of walk. 6:30-9:15pm.

Sat, Mar 11. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Two Brothers Rocks. 9:45am-12:30pm. Easy 2½ hour hike starts at 9:45am. Great Meadows, Concord River, and Governor Dudley Park. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Mar 11. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon.

Sat, Mar 18. Hike Beautiful Billerica - Rangeway Forest. 9:45am-12:30pm. Easy 2½ hour hike, offered through Billerica Recreation Department and sponsored by Friends of Billerica Recreation in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, to explore connectivity with Chelmsford Russel Mill Town Forest and a historic segment of the Middlesex Turnpike. Focus on camaraderie and local history.

Sat, Mar 18. Squantum Coastal Walk. Unusual 9-mile walk with spectacular views along sandbar across Boston Harbor, trails along Neponset River, and more, 9:30am-2:15pm.

Sun, Mar 19. Vivid Vistas, Groton. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Traverse the two highest points in Groton, both with open views. In between bagging 500 footers, see wild wetlands, beaver ponds, upland forests, and open meadows.

Sun, Mar 19. Hike North Pack Monadnock, Greenfield, NH. A rugged, scenic loop of 6.5mi. via Ted's & Carolyn's trails. 9:30am-2:30pm.

Sat, Mar 25. Belmont and Audubon Conservation Lands, Belmont. Slow-paced nature walk through Belmont conservation land fields and forests over to Habitat Audubon Sanctuary where we'll talk about one of the sweetest signs of spring - maple sugaring. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 9:00am-12:00noon.

Sat, Mar 25. Walden Woods, Wright Forest, Concord. Thoreau interpretive path, forest, marshes, vernal pool (frog chorus), Walden Pond upper loop. 10:00am-1:30pm.

Sun, Mar 26. Potter's Farm Conservation Area, West Boxford. 1:00-3:00pm. Potter's Farm Conservation Area. Easy terrain, moderate pace, about 2 hours.

April 2017

Sun, Apr 2. Castle Island, South Boston. Fast-paced seven-mile scenic walk along ocean to Castle Island, 10:00am-1:30pm.

Fri, Apr 7. Historic Streets of Charlestown. Moderate 5-mi walk including water views, old homes, and new parts of the Harborwalk. 6:30-9:00pm.

Sat, Apr 8. Horn Pond and Mt. Towanda, Woburn. Difficult, steep 5-mile hike including water views, a "mountain" with sweeping vistas, an abandoned mountaintop reservoir, and an abandoned ski area, 11:30am-2:15pm.

Sun, Apr 9. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm.

Wed, Apr 12. Blue Hills Hike, Milton. Blue Hills - 5 mile brisk-paced hike along yellow triangle trail with rolling hills, 10:30am-1:30pm.

Sat, Apr 15. West Quincy Quarries & Granite Railway. 5.5-mile.walk to Granite Railway & quarries, some rock scrambling and steep sections, 10:30am-2:30pm.

Sun, Apr 16. Fresh Pond and Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Walk around Fresh Pond and wander through Mount Auburn Cemetery in scenic Cambridge, MA.

Mon, Apr 17. Half-Marathon Walk, Minuteman Nat'l Park, Lexington. Brisk 13-mile walk on Battle Road Trail to Fiske Hill in Lexington, then out to Meriam's Corner and beyond in Concord, and back. 9:30am-3:30pm.

Sat, Apr 22. 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, 651 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, Apr 23. 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-2:00pm. Bring lunch and water. Route 128 Exit 32, Burlington, to Route 3N toward Nashua. Stay right on Exit 5 lane and take Exit 5A (Simon Street), then left on Simon Street, left on Whipple Street to parking lot at the end. Heavy rain cancels. L Mark Levine.

Sun, Apr 23. Historic Middlesex Canal, North Billerica. Level 5-mi. walk along historic canal N to Chelmsford, 1:30-4:00pm. Meet at the Middlesex Canal Museum (opens at noon). From Rte. 95/128, take Rte. 3 N to exit 28, Treble Cove Rd., L towards N. Billerica 1.7 mi., L on Rte. 3A/129 0.7 mi., R on Lowell St. 0.7 mi. becomes Faulkner St., cross river at Faulkner Mills, R into pkg. lot opp. Joint w/Middlesex Canal Assoc. Info: www.middlesexcanal.org. L Robert Winters, Marlies Henderson.

Sun, Apr 23. Acton Arboretum, Acton. Slow-paced nature walk in search of a variety of early spring wild flowers and other signs of spring. The walk will focus on plant ID and natural history. 9:00am-12:00pm. From Concord rotary, take Rte. 2 West 2.2 miles, Right on Taylor Road 0.7 miles to Arboretum on right. The Acton Arboretum is opposite #7 Taylor Rd. Arrive early, parking limited. Steady rain cancels. L Boot Boutwell.

Sun, Apr 23. Snake Hills, Groton. 1:00pm start. Snake Hills, Groton. We will traverse a large protected area that includes wetlands, upland forest, some hills, a rare true bog, and a surprise in the woods. Meet at the end of Indian Hill Rd (42.5850N 71.5539W). L Olin Lathrop.

Sun, Apr 23. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. Mod.-strenuous approx. 5-mi. hike, hills/rough terrain, 9:00am-2:00pm. Bring snacks/lunch/water. Meet at Northeast Metro School. From 95/128 exit 39 (Wakefield ), take North Ave. E 2.5mi. (becomes Nahant St.), R on Farm St., L on Hemlock St. to end. Cancels if rain. L Nelson Caraballo.