Join the Wednesday Wramblers for an easy 6.5 mile hike as we explore four of the reservations owned and managed by the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS). AVIS is the second oldest land preservation society in the country and owns over 1,100 acres of land throughout the town. We will explore Vale, Indian Ridge, Baker's Meadow and the Shawsheen River reservations. Our total elevation gain is only 302 feet. Although the trail is never far from civilization, we will experience views of the Shawsheen River, open meadows, boardwalks through marshes and the open water of the pond at Baker's Meadow. Part of this route is incorporated in the Bay Circuit trail and one of the trails runs along a glacial esker. We expect that the hike will take about 3.5 hours.
Please be prepared with water, lunch, snacks and layers appropriate for the weather. There is always the chance that the trails will be muddy if it rains so dress accordingly. You will probably not need hiking poles on this trail because there is very little elevation. We will meet at 10:00 AM for a prompt start at 10:15.
Registration is required and detailed directions will be sent once you have registered.
I began leading bike trips for the AMC in 1990 and led for ten years before taking a break. When I became active with the Forty Plus Committee I decided to start leading again. I took a refresher leadership course and Wilderness First Aid and now I am certified as a cross-country ski and bike leader. I have met many wonderful leaders and trip participants and Forty Plus has become one of my most enjoyable retirement activities.