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Recent Local Walks/Hikes (2019) - 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 2019

Tues, Jan 1. Holiday Hike - Lynn Woods, Lynn. 5 miles, Leader's Choice. 9:00am-1:00pm.

Sat, Jan 12. Blue Hills, Milton. Fast-paced, challenging 6-mi. hike that features a number of "points of interest" in the Central Blue Hills including streams, ponds, cliffs, and open peaks such as Buck Hill, 9:30am-1:45pm.

Sun, Jan 13. Nagog Pond, Acton MA and Sarah Doublet, Littleton, MA. 9:30am-2:30pm. Meet at Grassy Hill parking lot off Nagog Hill Rd, Acton. 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.

Sat, Jan 19. Blue Hills Hike, Milton. Blue Hills - 5 mile brisk-paced hike along yellow triangle trail with rolling hills, 9:30am-noon.

Mon, Jan 21. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. [cancelled due to severe cold] Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, Jan 26. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mile, fast-paced 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, Jan 27. Duck Pond and Groton Woods, Groton. 1:00pm. We'll walk along the shore of a pretty pond and thru typical New England woods in several conservation areas. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

February 2019

Sat, Feb 2. Coastal Neighborhood walk on scenic Great Neck, Ipswich. Enjoy ocean views at high tide, walking on public streets and beach. Wear sturdy shoes, and be prepared to walk around a little ice on one of the hills. Hilly, but views are worth it. Optional hot chocolate at leader's house near end optional.

Sun, Feb 3. Pond Meadow, Braintree. Easy/moderate 4-mi. walk/snowshoe. 9:45am-12:00pm.

Sun, Feb 10. Bedford, Burlington & Lexington Municipal & Conservation Lands, MA. Very hilly 6-mi. wander through various conservation & municipal lands. 9:45am-2:30pm.

Sun, Feb 17. McLains Woods, Groton. 1:00pm. We'll enjoy the scenery of woods, vernal pools, and beaver ponds on this loop thru a large area of conservation land. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Mon, Feb 18. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. [cancelled due to weather conditions] Moderate pace 5-mi. hike/snowshoe around pond, 10:30am-2:00pm.

Sat, Feb 23. Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. 9.5 mile fast-paced hike w/lunch at scenic pond, 9:30am-2:00pm.

March 2019

Fri, Mar 1. Historic Streets of Cambridge. Leisurely 4-mi. walk along historic streets around Harvard and Porter Squares, Avon Hill, and Huron Village, 6:45-9:15pm.

Sat, Mar 2. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate 6-mi. hike to pond, campsite, duck pool, hidden boardwalk through bog, and more, 9:30am-1:45pm. Bring lunch, water, poles, and traction devices if icy. From Rte. 93/128 exit 2A, take Rte. 138 S 0.7 mi. to Ponkapoag Golf Course lot on L. Rain/snow cancels. No dogs; non-AMC members $1. L Marc Hurwitz. [Cancelled - snow]

Sun, Mar 10. Northeast Groton. 1:00pm. Explore a large protected area in the Groton/Westford/Tyngsboro corner. We'll see varied environments from beaver ponds to meadows to upland forest, and an old quarry. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Sat, Mar 16. World's End Reservation, Hingham. 5 mile hike/snowshoe, 9:00am-noon.

Sun, Mar 17. Fresh Pond and Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. Walk around Fresh Pond and wander through Mount Auburn Cemetery in scenic Cambridge, MA. Total distance should be approx. 4-5 miles.

Fri, Mar 22. Harborwalk Walk, Boston. Moderate-paced 5-mi. walk. Leader's choice depending on the weather but could include the Seaport District, Fort Point, and/or the North End, 6:30-9:15pm.

Sat, Mar 23. Walden Pond, Concord. Moderate pace 5 mile walk, across grassy meadows and through hemlock forest, to scenic Walden Pond. Visit a cove, once inhabited by Henry Thoreau. Enjoy sit-down break, on the shore of Walden. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at China Ruby Restaurant, in nearby Maynard.

Sat, Mar 23. 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.

Sun, Mar 24. Flat Rock Audubon, Fitchburg, MA. Mod/easy 6 mile hilly ramble through varied woodlands, reservoirs & archeological dig. 9:30am-3:00pm.

Sun, Mar 24. Middlesex Canal, Winchester/Medford. 3-mi. level history walk will follow the route of the Middlesex Canal through parts of Medford and Winchester. Sites along the way include the aqueduct and mooring basin, those segments of the canal bed and berm visible off the parkway, and the stone wall of the Governor Brooks estate, in Medford.

Sun, Mar 24. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Sheepfold Pkg. lot. Mod to stren. 7 mi. hike over many hills & rough terrain. 9am-2pm.

Sat, Mar 30. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate 6-mi. hike to pond, campsite, duck pool, hidden boardwalk through bog, and more, 9:30am-1:45pm.

April 2019

Sat, Apr 6. Middlesex Fells - Medford. Difficult 6-mile hike on steep terrain with spectacular views from the High Fells Reservoir, Black Rock, Pinnacle Rock, and more, 10:45am-2:15pm.

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

Mon, Apr 8. Boston Chapter Local Walks & Hikes Committee meeting. Boston Chapter Local Walks & Hikes Committee meeting 6:30-9pm in Cambridge. All welcome.

Sat, Apr 13. Castle Island, South Boston. Fast-paced seven-mile scenic walk along ocean to Castle Island, 10:00am-1:30pm.

Sat, Apr 13. Georgetown Rowley State Forest. Georgetown Rowley State Forest. Dogs and kids are welcome. Hike about 3 miles, easy terrain, moderate pace.

Sun, Apr 14. Rocky Hill Sanctuary and adjoining woodlands, Groton. 1:00pm. This is a great area to hike around in, with a beautiful point on Long Pond, beaver marshes, a heron rookerie, and more. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Sun, Apr 14. Lynn Woods Reservation. Mod to Stren. 6 mi., 9am-1pm. Leaders choice.

Sun, Apr 14. Hale Reservation, Westwood. Easy walk, mostly woods, across a dam & thru a meadow, 1:00-3:00pm.

Fri, Apr 19. Historic Streets of Charlestown. Moderate 5-mi walk including water views, old homes, and new parts of the Harborwalk. 6:30-9:15pm.

Sat, Apr 20. Middlesex Fells, Malden. [Cancelled due to rain] Difficult 5-mile hike on steep terrain with spectacular views from the High Fells Reservoir, Black Rock, and Pinnacle Rock, and including the hidden MIT Observatory site, 11:45am - 2:45pm.

Sat, Apr 20. Crane Beach, Ipswich. Moderate pace 5 mile walk, across scenic sand dunes, and along the ocean beach. Beautiful desert landscapes, include pitch pine forest, views of Essex Bay, and sea birds. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at Woodman's Seafood Restaurant, in nearby Essex.

Sat, Apr 20. 2nd Annual Earth Day Walk, Hemlock Gorge Reservation, Newton/Needham. Meet in the parking lot of 381 Elliot Street, Newton. Please arrive by 9:15am for a prompt 9:30am start. This year, in addition to partnering with the Boston Chapter Conservation Committee, the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter will be leading along with us. Join us as we explore the geology and history of the Hemlock Gorge Reservation on a slow-paced, interpretive two-mile walk. Included in the trip will be the historic "Echo Bridge" (built in 1876), which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's a sight (and with sounds) to behold! We'll cover all of the interior trails, as well as those along the Charles River, which created the Gorge over many thousands of years, visit three dams and see old mills still standing on the property.

Sun, Apr 21. Blue Hills Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 5-mi. hike around pond, 10:30am-1:30pm.

Sat, Apr 27. Warner Trail, Cumberland, RI. 9am-4pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Wampum Corner, Wrentham to Diamond Hill. 74rd season.

Sat, Apr 27. West Quincy Quarries & Granite Railway. 5.5-mile fast-paced hike to Granite Railway & quarries, some rock scrambling, bushwhacking and steep sections, 10:30am-2:30pm.

Sun, Apr 28. Webb Memorial State Park and Great Hill Park, North Weymouth. Moderate pace 5 mile scenic walk with views of Grape Island, Slate Island, Quincy Bay, Fore River, Hingham Back River, Boston's Harbor and skyline. 9:30am-12:00pm.

May 2019

Sat, May 4. Ponkapoag Pond, Canton. Moderate pace 4 mile walk, around scenic Ponkapoag Pond, with visit to AMC Camp. Pleasant stroll across golf course, on maple tree walkway. Enjoy sit-down break, on the dock at AMC Camp. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at The Lodge Bar & Grill, in nearby Randolph, at around 2:00pm.

Sat, May 4. Warner Trail, Wrentham. 9am-4pm. 10-mi. mod. hike from Wampum Corner to Crocker Pond.

Sat, May 4. Let's Hike Meadow Pond Reservation and Hampshire Woods in Groveland/Georgetown MA. We'll hike Meadow Pond Reservation and Hampshire Woods. This area is also known as "Turtleland" as it provides excellent habitat for some rare turtles as well as salamanders. Meet at 12:00pm at the Meadow Pond Conservation Area parking area on Uptake Rd in Groveland MA. The hike will last about 3 hours, and plan to hike about 4 miles along woodland trails while listening for Spring Peepers, harbingers of Spring, from vernal pools that are sprinkled throughout this conservation area. Bird migration is well underway and many spring ephemeral flowers are blooming such as yellow marsh marigold and trilliums.

Sat, May 11. Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain. Scenic, moderate 5-mi. walk with many stops to view plants & trees in bloom. 9:45am-1:30pm.

Sun, May 12. Blue Hills Hike, Milton. [Cancelled - Rain] Blue Hills - 5 mile brisk-paced hike along yellow triangle trail with rolling hills, 9:00am-noon. Meet at Houghton's Pond parking lot. From Rte. 93/128 exit 3 (Houghtons/Ponkapoag), go N 0.5 mi. to stop sign, R on Hillside St. 0.2 mi. to Houghtons Pond lot on R. Bring lunch and water. Storm cancels. Leader: Beth Mosias

Fri, May 17. Castle Island, South Boston. Leisurely 4-mi. sunset walk along harbor, 6:45-8:45pm.

Sat, May 18. Crane Beach, Ipswich. Moderate pace 5 mile walk, across scenic sand dunes, and along the ocean beach. Beautiful desert landscapes, include pitch pine forest, views of Essex Bay, and sea birds. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at Woodman's Seafood Restaurant, in nearby Essex, at around 2:00pm.

Sat, May 18. Broadmoor (Natick) Mass Audubon walk. 9:30am to 12:30pm. Start your Saturday with a lovely walk in this convenient (on Route 16), yet expansive wildlife retreat. Moderate pace, easy trails with some gentle hills and rocks.

Sat, May 18. Lets Hike Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area, West Newbury and Groveland. 12:00pm-3:00pm. We'll hike a section of Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area located in West Newbury and Groveland.

Sun, May 19. The General Field and Surrenden Farms, Groton. 1:00pm. Come see this unusual conservation area with large open-field habitat and great views to the south and west. We'll also duck into woods for a bit and stroll along the beautiful Nashua River with conservation land on both sides. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Sat, May 25. Neponset River Greenway/Mattapan Sq/Milton Hill. 7.5-mile fast-paced 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, May 26. Medfield Charles River State Reservation, Medfield. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Easy walk, Medfield State Hospital grounds; open meadows, woodland trails along Charles River.

Mon, May 27. Blue Hills, Ponkapoag Pond. 4 mi. mod.-paced hike, 10:30am-1:30pm.

Fri, May 31. Harborwalk Walk in the Seaport District and Fort Point, Boston. Moderate-paced 5-mi. walk on waterside walkways of Boston/South Boston including new parklands and spectacular views throughout, 6:30-9:15pm.

June 2019

Sat, June 1. Warner Trail, Sharon. 9am-5pm. 13-mi. mod. hike from Edge Hill Rd. in Sharon to High Rock in Foxboro.

Sat, June 1. Lincoln/Concord Conservation Lands. Fast-paced 8-mi. hike to such beautiful places as Fairhaven Bay, Heywood's Meadow, and Walden Pond, including alpaca sightings and a stop at a hidden farm store, 9:45am-2:00pm.

Sun, June 2. Middlesex Fells 125th Celebration. Please join us in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Middlesex Fells on Sunday, June 2nd from 1:00-4:00pm for a historical hike. Easy-to-moderate 4 mile round trip to Wright's Tower.

Sat, June 8. Hemlock Gorge Reservation, Newton/Needham. Geologist, Les Tyrala will be our special guest speaker. Join us as we explore the geology and history of the Hemlock Gorge Reservation on a slow-paced, interpretive two-mile walk.

Sat, June 8. Parks & Greenways, Quincy. 7-mile fast-paced walk w/beach, woods, salt marshes, historic sites including Dorothy Quincy house, Peacefield & Crane Library, 10:00am-2:30pm.

Sat, June 8. Horn Pond, Woburn. Challenging 5-mile hike including deep woods, water views, and at least one "mountain" with sweeping vistas, 11:30am-2:30pm.

Mon, June 10. Boston Chapter Local Walks/Hikes Committee meeting. Boston Chapter Local Walks & Hikes Committee meeting Monday, June 10 from 6:30-9pm in Cambridge. If you are interested in learning more about our committee and helping out, contact Committee Chair, Lisa Fleischman at localwalks@amcboston.org.

Sat, June 15. Boston's Back Bay Fens. Museums, educational and cultural institution; explore the Rose Garden, Victory Gardens and Japanese Garden. From 10:00am-2:00pm.

Sat, June 15. Middlesex Fells Multi-Pond Hike, Medford. Fast-paced and somewhat hilly 7-mile hike to 7 separate ponds as well as ledges with scenic views, 9:30am-2:00pm.

Sun, June 16. Wollaston Beach, Quincy. Fast-paced 7-mi walk along Wollaston Beach, Marina Bay, 9:00am-noon.

Sat, June 22. Walden Pond, Concord. Moderate pace 5 mile walk, across grassy meadows and through hemlock forest, to scenic Walden Pond. Visit a cove, once inhabited by Henry Thoreau. Enjoy sit-down break, on the shore of Walden. Walk followed by dinner/social hour at China Ruby Restaurant, in nearby Maynard, at around 2:00pm.

Sat, June 22. Walk with Thoreau in 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. This walk is one of many RiverFest events.Henderson

Sun, June 23. Groton Hills. 1:00pm. Come explore this large chunk of conservation land with varied topography, including beaver ponds, meadows, upland, and eskers. About 2 hours, moderate pace.

Sun, June 23. Stony Brook South, Lincoln. 2½ hr. hike through woods and along a chain of ponds and streams and a few gentle hills. 10:00am-12:30pm. Option for lunch in Lincoln afterwards.

Thurs, June 27. East Boston Greenway/Piers Park/Harborwalk/Marine Arts Sculpture Park. 2 hour walk, some history, good harbor views. Option for harborside Downeast Cider Co. visit and picnic table dinner at KO Australian bistro.

Sat, June 29. Grassy Pond Conservation Land, Acton. Slow-paced nature walk through fields and forests to Grassy Pond looking for summer wildflowers and fruits. The walk will focus on plant ID and fun natural history. 1:00-4:00pm.

Sat, June 29. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 7-mile fast-paced 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, June 30. Broadmoor (Natick) Mass Audubon walk. [Cancelled due to expected thunderstorms] 9-11am. Meet outside the Visitors Center. Join us for a walk in this convenient (on Route 16), yet expansive wildlife retreat. Moderate pace, easy trails with some gentle hills and rocks.

July 2019

Thurs, July 4. World's End Reservation, Hingham. Scenic 5-mi. walk, 8:30-11:30am.

Fri, July 5. Thompson Island Sandbar Sunset Walk, Quincy/Boston. Unusual 4-mile walk with great views along sandbar at low tide to southern edge of a Boston Harbor island, 6:45pm-9:00pm.

Sat, July 6. Blue Hills Observatory Tour and Hike, Milton, MA. Moderate 6-mi. hike including tour of observatory on top of Great Blue Hill, with meteorologist Eric Fisher joining us (hike to Hemenway Hill takes place after tour), 9:30am-2:00pm. Registration required as number of hikers is limited.

Sun, July 7. Cutler Park Reservation, Needham. 9-11am. Join us for a walk in this local gem, conveniently located directly off of Route 128. As you walk the trails, you will not believe that you are so close to the highway. Highlights include Kendrick Pond, views of the Charles River, and the boardwalk crossing a marshland. Easy trails, minor ups and downs, with some roots and rocks, moderate pace. [Directions: 84 Kendrick St, Needham, MA]

Sat, July 13. Blue Hills Skyline Trail, Quincy. 6.5-mile fast-paced 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.