Activities for AMC Boston Family Outings

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Beginner Hiking Program (BHP) for Families, AMC Boston Family Outings, Spring 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, June 30, 2019 12:00 AM

Have you ever wanted to take your family for a hike? Not sure where to go, what to bring, or how to convince your kids it will be fun? Then join us for the 2nd Annual Beginner Hiking Program (BHP) for Families (you do not need to be an AMC member)! BHP registrants will receive periodic emails with information on appropriate clothing and equipment, trail etiquette, basic trail safety, and tricks and games to use on the trail. After you register, choose from the list of hikes especially for beginners and sign up early, as hikes will fill quickly.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Claudine Kos claudinekAMC@gmail.com

Family Hike at Burlington Landlocked Forest in Burlington, MA (BHP: Level 1)

Sunday, April 7, 2019 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Join other families in this moderately easy walk through the Burlington Landlocked Forest in Burlington, MA. We'll explore the Aquifer Loop, which includes boardwalks over wetlands and small stream crossings. The hike will be approximately 2.3 miles and is a great beginner hike for children.

This is an excellent time to get out in the woods to look for signs of mother nature awakening from her winter sleep.

Hike is free and open to everyone. Being an AMC member is not required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher
Coleader: 
Elaine Yang

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Sunday, April 7, 2019 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us Sunday evening April 7 from 6 - 8 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Public meeting open to all. This is a great opportunity to get to know the group. We will have a short committee business meeting starting at 6pm, which will then be followed by a trip planning social. We will provide a light dinner for those who have registered by April 6. Come meet other leaders and families and bring your ideas for trips! Teens welcome to join. Younger kids welcome but they will need to be able to entertain themselves quietly.

Trip details

Activity: 
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com

Mt Watatic Family Hike in Ashburnham MA (BHP:Level 2)

Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:45 AM to 1:30 PM

Join us for a 2.2 mile moderate hike up Mt Watatic. We will take the Wapack Trail (1,000' elevation gain) to the bald summit at a kid friendly pace. With luck and clear weather we will see Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire and Mount Wachusett in Massachusetts from the top of the bald summit. Enjoy your lunch at the summit or back at the trailhead. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up. This hike is open to all, whether AMC members or not.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com

Carrie has been an AMC leader since 2008 and is currently the Boston Family Outings Co-Chair. She enjoys camping, rock-climbing, sketching, chocolate trail snacks and hiking in new places.

Ingrid Molnar
Coleader: 
Elaine Yang

Family Hike at Breakheart Reservation Part 1 in Saugus/Wakefield, MA (BHP: Level 1)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Come join families on an easy 2 mile hike around Breakheart Reservation in Wakefield/ Saugus (9:00 - 12PM) The hike is on wide gravel road and woodsy trails with two small hills that offer a reward with views towards Boston and the ocean. Perfect hike for little ones! Optional - ice cream at Jordan's post-hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Micheal Wainer wainer18@hotmail.com
Claudine Kos
Coleader: 
Nicsa Dagger-Cain
Brian Witkov

Cardigan High Cabin Spring Break Weekend Overnight, Alexandrea, NH

Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:00 PM

Join a small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin for the night. Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under half a mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views. Spring hiking is awesome with cool temperatures and no bugs.

Begin at Cardigan Lodge and hike 2 miles (1,450 elevation gain) to Cardigan High Cabin. Drop overnight gear and continue to the summit. Return to the cabin for games/activities and meal prep. The cabin has a composting toilet and wood stove for heat. Sunday hike back to Cardigan Lodge.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Rick Gershberg rgershberg@verizon.net

Family Hike at Wachusett Mtn, Princeton, MA (BHP, Level 2)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Join other families for a leisurely hike to the summit of Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA! The hike will be approximately 3 miles with roughly 800ft elevation gain. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit and summit tower are lovely! Often known as a downhill ski destination, Wachusett Mtn is located within the 3000-acre Wachusett State Reservation, home to 17 miles of hiking and walking trails (we will only cover about 3 miles, though!). Pack a lunch and join us for a beautiful spring hike!

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Amy Kelliher

Amy is a leader for and co-chair of the Boston Family Outings Committee. When she's not working on finishing her 48 4000-footers, Amy enjoys looking at maps, reading, cooking, eating, and spending time with her 11-year old twins, her husband, and their energetic Golden Retriever, "Bentley".

Coleader: 
Hillary Berbeco
Elaine Yang

Blue Hills Ponkapaog Pond Loop Family Hike (BHP: Level 2)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a moderate, 4-mile hike around Ponkapoag Pond in the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. This is flat terrain with minimal elevation gain, and suitable for most school aged kids. We will begin near the golf course and plan 2+hours for the loop. Highlights include the Atlantic White Cedar swamp and the rustic AMC campground area, plus hopefully some fun wildlife sightings.
This hike is recommended for ages 5+ due to mileage. Under 5 kids only with prior permission from leader.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net

Family Hike at Breakheart Reservation Part 2 in Saugus/Wakefield, MA (BHP: Level 2)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Boston Family Outings Beginning Hiking Program BHP 2019 (Level 2) A second of a two part hike.
Come join families on an easy 2.5 or 4 mile hike around Breakheart Reservation in Wakefield/ Saugus (9:00 - 2PM) The hike is on wide gravel road and woodsy trails with small hills that offer a reward with views towards Boston and the ocean. Perfect hike for kids who want to experience a longer fun hike with great views, nice trails, without traveling to far from home. Optional - ice cream at Jordan's post-hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Micheal V Wainer

Currently a Backcountry Leader for the Boston Chapter Family Outings Group. Avid 4 season hiker and have enjoyed AMC Adventure Travel trips to Dolomites, Patagonia, Ireland and Switzerland.

Claudine Kos
Coleader: 
Brian Witkov

Cardigan High Cabin Early May Overnight, Alexandrea NH

Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 5, 2019 2:00 PM

Join a small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin to celebrate the coming of spring. Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under a half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views. Spring hiking is awesome with cool temperatures and no bugs and spectacular views.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243; before 10:00 p.m)

Kids Intro to Fishing trip, Medfield, MA

Sunday, May 5, 2019 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Family Kids Learn to Fish class. Come join us 8 am - 11 am as we teach kids ages 6 and up to learn the basics about bait fishing. We cover topics such as reading water, bait, lures, bobbers. We meet at Rocky Woods in Medfield, MA by 8am Sunday May 5th. You don't need a fishing license.

Since we have a limited number of rods, we will restrict this to 10 kids plus parent(s). Remember to bring water, snacks and/or lunch.

Trip details

Activity: 
Instruction (Skills)
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)

Trip Leader with AMC Family Outings for over 10 years. Also Treasurer and Trip approver.

Family Birding Walk at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Harvard, MA (BHP: Level 1)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join us for a morning easy, slow-paced walk, looking for birds, especially warblers, and learning about nature along the way. The hike will last approximately 1.5-2 hours and will cover between 1-2 miles. The beautiful trail follows the Nashua River. At times it can be a little muddy, but there is usually a way around the puddles. Registration is required.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
Coleader: 
Clayton Hobart

Mother's Day Weekend AMC Shapleigh Bunkhouse, Crawford Notch, NH

Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:00 PM

Join other families for a weekend in beautiful Crawford Notch, NH! AMC Boston Family Outings has reserved the Shapleigh Bunkhouse (next to the Highland Center) for Saturday night for Mother's Day. Great hiking, socializing, and fun with the family. Spring hiking is awesome with beautiful views, cool temperatures, and no bugs! Hikes will be designed to fit the ages and interests of the kids including a hike up Mt. Willard (3.2 miles RT) with gorgeous views down into Crawford Notch ….a classic "big bang for your buck" hike.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
David Beck davidbeckrph@comcast.net (508-361-0508; 10AM to 9PM)
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (508-265-3093)

Mothers' Day Family Walk at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle, MA (BHP, Level 1)

Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Celebrate Mom and join other families on a walk through Great Brook Farm State Park! We will walk and hike for about 2 hours through woods and fields, by ponds and streams, and on narrow hiking trails as well as wider walking paths. We will meet at 9:30am. After our hike, you may choose to visit the animals on the working dairy farm or treat yourself at the ice cream stand. Parking fee at this DCR property is $3. For questions, contact leader Amy Kelliher, amycbkelliher@gmail.com

Trip details

Activity: 
Walks
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com

Amy is a leader for and co-chair of the Boston Family Outings Committee. When she's not working on finishing her 48 4000-footers, Amy enjoys looking at maps, reading, cooking, eating, and spending time with her 11-year old twins, her husband, and their energetic Golden Retriever, "Bentley".

Laurene Poland

Family Outings Bag Some Presidential 4,000 Footers with Stay at Mizpah Spring Hut

Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:00 AM

Come join us on a 2 day family hike with a stay at Mizpah Spring Hut in Crawford Notch, NH. We will stay at the lovely hut during its self-service season and bag 2 or 3 4,000 footers in the White Mountains. The main route will go over Pierce and Jackson, which are two four-thousand footers with great views, but on the easier side for four-thousand footers. There might also be a chance to go summit Eisenhower depending on the conditions and the pace of the group. All 3 of these summits have stunning views of Mt. Washington, the presidentials and far beyond on a clear day.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Rick Gershberg rgershberg@verizon.net

Rick is an AMC Boston Family Outings leader who enjoys leading trips throughout the year. He has many years of experience dating back to the YOP Program in the 90s. He also is a colluder for the skiing committee.

Claudine Kos claudinekos05@yahoo.com

Blue Hills: Family Hike to Great Blue Hill, Milton, MA (BHP: LEVEL 2)

Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Family Outings for a moderate family hike beginning at the Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum. The two mile loop trail will follow the green dot trail to North Skyline and return via the red dot trail, for an elevation gain of 635 feet. Highlights include the stone Elliot Tower, the weather observatory, and the summit of Great Blue Hill, which is the highest point in the Blue Hills. The Trailside Museum could also be a great pre- or post-hike activity, with indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. This hike is appropriate for school-aged children, ages 5-12+

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net

Family AMC Lonesome Lake Hut Memorial Day Weekend, Franconia Notch, NH

Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:30 AM to Monday, May 27, 2019 11:00 AM

Are you and your family ready for the fun and adventure of staying overnight at an AMC hut and summiting a New Hampshire 4000 footer? Spend two nights at the family-friendly Lonesome Lake hut, one of the most accessible in the Whites, and summit North Kindsman on the second day. On Saturday we will hike 1.6 miles (and gain 1000' vertical feet) to the hut at a kid friendly pace. The route crosses 2 bridges and features a few mild rock scrambles, and the incline is moderated by switchbacks. Along the way, we will stop for snacks, look at nature and enjoy the views.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Stacia Biel amcstacia@gmail.com (617-835-6532)
Robin Swift robinswift@gmail.com (978-577-8754)

Family Overnight Backpack to AMC Zealand Falls Hut, White Mtns, NH

Sunday, May 26, 2019 12:00 AM to Monday, May 27, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a night at Zealand Hut, one of AMC's easiest huts to access. The hut, with co-ed bunkrooms, is spectacularly situated on the side of Zealand Valley near Zealand Falls at the northern end of the Pemigewasset wilderness. We will hike in via the Zealand trail which is 2.8 miles and 650 ft. gain. Carry your sleeping bag, lunches and snacks, water and gear. The group will carry in supplies for dinner and breakfast and prepare it together in the hut kitchen. This trip is appropriate for children > 4 years with adults who can hike 2.8 miles on a relatively flat trail.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Walks
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com

Blue Hills: Family Skyline Loop Hike, Milton, MA (BHP LEVEL 3)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join AMC Boston Families on a BHP level 3 hike of approximately 3 miles. We will depart the Houghton Pond area on the red dot trail to Buck Hill, then return via the North Skyline trail. Red dot hikes in the Blue Hills cover rugged, hilly terrain providing a more challenging hike. This hike is appropriate for school-aged children ages 7-12+, preferably with some recent hiking experience. The Houghton Pond recreation area is a possible post-hike family activity with a playground, concession stand, swimming and picnic area.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
United States
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Lisa Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net

Cardigan High Cabin Family Summer Hike and overnight

Saturday, June 15, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 16, 2019 3:00 PM

Join a small group of AMC Families at Cardigan High Cabin for the night. Hike in two miles with 1450' elevation gain. The cabin is just under a half mile from the summit of Mt. Cardigan (3,155') w/great views.
Begin at Cardigan Lodge and hike 2 miles (1,450 elevation gain) to Cardigan High Cabin. Drop overnight gear and continue to the summit. Return to the cabin for games/activities and meal prep. The cabin has a composting toilet and wood stove for heat. Sunday hike back to Cardigan Lodge.

Trip details

Activity: 
Backpacking
Trip state: 
NH
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)
Coleader: 
Navaneeth Kalluru navneeth2666@gmail.com

Harold Parker Family Canoeing, Hiking, and Primitive Camping Overnight, Stearns Pond, Andover, MA

Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:00 PM

Join us for a night out with a fire and Smores and family friendly canoe experience coupled with hikes thru Harold Parker State Forest and adjacent Trails. We will relish the night out experience sleeping next to a pond in a tent with the sleeping bag and pad for bedding. The presence of other families......and of course canoeing and walks will give everyone a short but fun filled outdoors overnight. Canoes, life jackets and instruction is included. Camping is primitive (no running water or flush toilets not to speak of showers). Cost/person: Adults $25; Kids: $20.

Trip details

Activity: 
Paddling - Canoeing
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Brian s Witkov animalhc@aol.com (978-807-4901; after 7 pm)

Brian is a seasoned hiker and backpacker. His interests are fitness and nature, with a strong fondness for urban parks and anything involving the Olmsteads..thats right ..it was a family business. Brian enjoys leading urban walking trips as well as 4 season trips for families in Boston and new Hampshire. Both backpacks as well as hikes are interesting and fun for children and their families. Within the last year, he has been involved with shelter, hut and all season experiences in the whites.

Denise Boucher denisegirish@yahoo.com (978-470-0243)

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us Wednesday evening September 25 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 - 7 pm or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and big events coming up 2020 (New Year Celebration and Equipment Sale, Beginner Hiking Program BHP, and Leader Appreciation Dinner/Awards Ceremony). This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
David Powell davidfreds@beld.net (781-858-5546; NCA 9.00)
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Coleader: 
Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com (267-240-2849)

Family Outings Committee Meeting and Trip Planning, Newton, MA

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Join us Wednesday evening November 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Auburndale Library in Newton for our Family Outings Committee and Trip Planning Meeting. Light refreshments. Public meeting open to all. Great opportunity to get to know the group. 6:30 - 7 pm or 7:30 pm we discuss committee business and big events coming up 2020 (New Year Celebration and Equipment Sale, Beginner Hiking Program BHP, and Leader Appreciation Dinner/Awards Ceremony). This is followed by a general trip planning. Bring your ideas. Teens welcome to join.

Trip details

Activity: 
Hiking
Meetings
Trip state: 
MA
Trip country: 
USA
Status: 
Open
Leader: 
Carrie McMillen carriemcmillen@gmail.com
David Powell
Amy Kelliher amycbkelliher@gmail.com
Jeanne Blauner jablauner@comcast.net (978-202-5606)

Jeanne has led trips for 45+ years for summer camps, college outings, Sierra Club, and AMC. Currently Jeanne heads up AMC Boston Family Outings and loves getting families and kids outdoors. Jeanne also leads for AMC Adventure Travel, having led to Switzerland, Peru (Machu Picchu), and Morocco..

Coleader: 
Renee Spring spring3renee@yahoo.com (857-237-7869)
Liz Little lizklittle@gmail.com (267-240-2849)