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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.

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.

Sun, Apr 23. Historic Middlesex Canal, North Billerica. Level 5-mi. walk along historic canal N to Chelmsford, 1:30-4:00pm.

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.

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.

Sun, Apr 23. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. Mod.-strenuous approx. 5-mi. hike, hills/rough terrain, 9:00am-2:00pm.

Sat, Apr 29. Broadmoor Mass Audubon walk, Natick. 9:30am-11:30am. 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.

Sat, Apr 29. Breakheart Reservation, Saugus. Fast-paced, challenging 6-mile hike with lots of views, 9:30am-1:00pm.

Sun, Apr 30. Emerald Necklace, Boston. We will walk about 6 miles at a moderate pace with stops to enjoy major sights but we should be done by 1:00pm.

May 2017

Wed, May 3. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile walk, 10:30am-1:30pm.

Sat, May 6. Blue Hills Bird Walk, Milton. Beginner's bird walk 3 miles through the Fowl Meadow and along the Neponset River. Learn to bird. See both common and rare bird species at the height of spring migration in the best birding area in the Blue Hills Reservation. Bring your binoculars and a bird book if you have one. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills.

Sat, May 6. Parks & Greenways, Quincy. 7-mile walk w/beach, woods, salt marshes, historic sites, 10:00am-2:30pm.

Sun, May 7. Hale Reservation, Westwood. Easy walk, mostly woods, across a dam & thru a meadow, 1:00-3:00pm.

Fri, May 12. Beacon Hill/North End/Downtown Boston. Leisurely 5-mi walk including historic streets, secret alleyways, and a visit to the Boston Public Market. 6:30-9:15pm.

Sat, May 13. Arlington's Great Meadows, Lexington. Slow-paced nature walk in search of a variety of spring wild flowers and other cool plants. The walk will focus on plant ID and natural history. 9:00am-12:00pm.

Sat, May 13. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. Scenic, moderate 5-mi. walk w/many stops to view plants & trees in bloom. 10:15am-1:45pm.

Sun, May 14. Lynn Woods, Lynn. Leader's Choice. 9am-1pm.

Fri, May 19. Horn Pond and Rag Rock/Mount Mianomo, Woburn. Moderate 5-mile hike including water views and a sunset from the top of a "mountain" with sweeping vistas, 6:30pm-9:00pm.

Sat, May 20. Blue Hills Bird Walk, Milton. 7:30am-10:30am. Bird Walk for 3 miles through the Fowl Meadow and along the Neponset River. Learn to bird by spotting, listening for, and identifying migrant and nesting species in the best birding area in the Blue Hills Reservation. Bring your binoculars and a bird book if you have one. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills.

Sat, May 20. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 10 mile hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, May 20. Parks & Greenways, Belmont. 6-mi. mostly wooded hike incl. Beaver Brook Reservation, 10:00am-1:30pm.

Sun, May 21. Cox, Walker, and beyond, Groton. 1:00pm start. We will hike thru the Cox and Walker conservation parcels and beyond, including historic Williams Barn, and possibly bag a 500 footer. Along the way we'll see a number of beaver ponds, upland forest, and maybe some open vistas.

Sat, May 27. Blue Hills Wildflower Hike, Quincy. 10:00am-3:00pm. 7-mile hike in the eastern section of the Blue Hills Reservation viewing wildflowers and climbing scenic hills, some steep. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills.

Sat, May 27. Warner Trail, Cumberland, RI. 9am-4pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Wampum Corner, Wrentham to Diamond Hill. 73rd season.

Sat, May 27. Hough's Neck, Quincy. Unusual, fast-paced 9-mile hike mostly along proposed Sea to Summit Greenway, including salt marshes, a long path along a dike, hidden ocean beaches, and a former Boston Harbor island, all with spectacular views, 9:30pm-1:30pm.

Sun, May 28. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 7 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-2pm.

Sun, May 28. Horse Hill Nature Preserve, Merrimac, NH. A 6 mi. forest hike over two prominent hills on well maintained trails Some ledges and steep ascents. 9:30am-2:00pm.

Mon, May 29. Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond. 4 mi. mod.-paced hike, 10:30am-1:30pm.

June 2017

Sat, June 3. Celebrate National Trails Day With a Hike in Georgetown-Rowley State Forest. Meet at 1:00pm. We'll explore this state forest that's over 1,100 acres. There will be great views from the new bridge that spans a beaver dam and the Mill River. We'll hike along woodland forest trails exploring signs of spring.

Sat, June 3. Neponset River Greenway/Mattapan Sq/Milton Hill. 7.5-mile walk along Neponset River to Mattapan Square on newly opened stretch of Neponset Greenway then to Hutchinson Field in Milton, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sun, June 4. Northeast Groton. 1:00pm start. Explore a large protected area across the Groton/Tyngsboro line. There will be varied ecology from beaver ponds to meadows to upland forest. Additional interests include a physics demonstartion and an old quarry.

Sun, June 4. Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm.

Fri, June 9. Castle Island, South Boston. Leisurely 4-mi. sunset walk along harbor, 6:45-8:45pm.

Sat, June 10. Lynn Woods, Lynn. Moderate 6-mi. hike including Burrill Hill, Mount Gilead, and the "other" Walden Pond with great views throughout, 9:30am-12:30pm.

Sun, June 11. Greenwood Park, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham. Easy 2 hr. walk in Middlesex Fells. Meet at 2pm at Greenwood Park (across from Stone Zoo).

Sat, June 17. Warner Trail, Sharon. 9am-5pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Moose Hill in Sharon to High Rock in Foxboro.

Sat, June 17. Newton Aqueducts walk. 9:30am-2:00pm. 8 miles, generally smooth and flat terrain, with one steep section at Hemlock Gorge.

Sat, June 17. Walk with Thoreau along the Middlesex Canal, Billerica. Join a guided walk to explore extant portions of the Historic Middlesex Canal, reading passages from Henry David Thoreau describing the towpath, from the 'Billerica Falls to Middlesex Village' in his 'A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers'. It is a three hour easy walk, 9:45am-1:00pm.

Sat, June 17. Boston's Back Bay Fens. View museums and cultural institution; explore the Rose Garden and Victory Gardens. From 10:00am-2:00pm. - cancelled, injured Leader

Sun, June 18. Wollaston Beach, Quincy. Fast-paced 7-mi walk along Wollaston Beach, Marina Bay, 9:00am-noon.

Sun, June 18. Massabesic Audubon Center, NH. 6 mi. easy wander along wooded trails and lake shore, 10am-3:00pm.

Sat, June 24. Blue Hills, Milton. Moderate and very scenic 7-mi. hike that features 10 special "points of interest" including overlooks, streams, ponds, and cliffs, 9:30am-2:15pm.

July 2017

Sat, July 1. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Easy walk in open woods. 10:00am-2:00pm. Meet at Wedgmere Station (Lowell line).

Sat, July 1. 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.

Tues, July 4. Worlds End Reservation. Scenic 5-mi. walk, 8:30-11:30am.

Thurs, July 6. East Boston Greenway/Piers Park/Harborwalk/Marine Arts Sculpture Park. 2 hour walk, some history, good harbor views. Option for harborside picnic table dinner at KO Australian bistro ~8:00pm. Meet at 6:00pm at Blue Line Airport T stop (Bremen Street side), parking available, approx. 268 Bremen Street on GPS. Same afternoon cell: 857-600-8295. L Joel Snider.

Fri, July 7. Quincy Quarries Sunset Hike. Unusual 4-mile hike from open hilltop above Boston to historic quarries including multiple spectacular views, 6:30pm-8:45pm. Some steep sections.

Sat, July 8. Middlesex Fells Multi-Pond Hike, Medford. Moderate 8-mile hike to 7 separate ponds as well as ledges with scenic views, 9:30am-2:00pm.

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

Fri, July 14. Historic Streets of Charlestown. Moderate 5-mi walk including water views, new parts of the Harborwalk, and old homes. 6:30-9:00pm.

Sat, July 15. 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, July 16. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 7 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-2pm.

Fri, July 21. Harborwalk and North End, Boston. Leisurely 4-mile walk along waterfront of downtown Boston and through hidden streets and alleyways of North End, including stops at Italian food shops, 6:30-9:00pm.

Sat, July 22. Noanet Woodlands, Dover. Approx. 7mi. hike with ponds and views. 9am-1pm.