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Hiking Committee

The Hiking (formerly Outings) Committee organizes general, non-technical events such as hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and backpacking trips. We have a very long list of hiking trips. Most hikes occur on weekends, but we do have a tradition of Tuesday hiking trips as well. Check out our schedule!

Thanks to the leaders for leading this hike - what beautiful snow-covered scenery and that view of Quabbin was amazing! – Nancy

Thanks to the leaders for leading this hike - what beautiful snow-covered scenery and that view of Quabbin was amazing! – Nancy

Sometimes, in the winter, our "hiking" trips suddenly become "snowshoeing" or "cross-country skiing" trips. Such is life in New England!
We're always looking for trip leaders, especially those with new ideas for trails to hike. If you're interested, please contact our Hiking Chair.

Joining a Hike

Please read the AMC Trip Policy (PDF) before joining a trip.
Be sure to bring lunch and liquids, bug repellant and sunscreen, and clothing and footwear appropriate to the conditions. When car-pooling, please offer a contribution to the driver for fuel costs.
To find out more about a scheduled hike or to sign up, contact the leader, coordinator, or other person listed for that trip.

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 19‑Jul‑2024
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Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Stony Ledge via Haley Farm and Hopper Trails Loop

Location: Williamstown, MA
Date: 20‑Jul‑2024
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We will start at the Haley Farm trail parking on Hopper Rd in Williamstown, MA and hike up the Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge. The first two miles are steep, with a gain of 1,475 feet. Once we reach Stony Ledge, we will stop to enjoy the outstanding views of the "Hopper" and Mounts Greylock, Fitch, Williams, Prospect and Saddle Ball, with the Green Mountains in the distance. After our stop we will continue down Sperry Rd and take the Hopper Trail back down to the cars.
The trail may have wet and stony sections so wear sturdy hiking boots. This is a moderate hike with approximately 5.5 miles and 1475 feet gain. Bring snacks, lunch, water, bug repellant, sunscreen as well as poles if you use them.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 21‑Jul‑2024
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A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Exploring 3 Reservoirs and 2 Waterfalls

Location: Amherst, MA
Date: 23‑Jul‑2024
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This reservoir/waterfall hike is an intermediate 6-mile hike along part of the Robert Frost Trail. We will start our hike from Meetinghouse Rd in Pelham and hike to Hill Reservoir. We will continue our hike to Intake Reservoir Dam following the Amethyst Brook to beautiful rock formations and waterfalls at Buffam Falls. We'll cross the road and hike along the powerlines up to Mt Orient and the Robert Frost Trail. We will hike to the view from Mt Orient and double back on the Robert Frost trail to Atkins Reservoir in Shutesbury. As a bonus and time permitting we will hike 1 mile to the Dean Brook waterfall and back.
This is a one way hike and we will need to spot cars at Atkins Reservoir.
The trails are generally moderate in slope with a minimum elevation of 436 ft and maximum elevation of 961 ft. The group will hike at a moderate pace (1.5 to 2 mph) and will stop periodically for water breaks and lunch.
Please be prepared for hot muggy weather. Wear proper footwear for summer wet trail conditions, bring snacks and lunch, 2 liters of water, and poles if you use them. Don't forget the bug spray and sunscreen.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 26‑Jul‑2024
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Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 28‑Jul‑2024
Register »
A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

A.T. to Benedict Pond Loop

Location: Monterey/Great Barrington, MA
Date: 30‑Jul‑2024
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Hike from A.T. trailhead on Rt 23 at the Monterey/Great Barrington line to Benedict Pond, then hike the loop trail around the pond, and return via the A.T. Distance: 5.2 miles. Elevation gain: 935 feet.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 02‑Aug‑2024
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Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Berkshire Hikes: Pine Cobble Preserve

Location: Williamstown, MA
Date: 03‑Aug‑2024
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One of the quieter trails in the northern Berkshire region, the Pine Cobble Trail offers both great views and a workout in a half day adventure. Moderate distance of 6 miles on vigorous terrain with approximately 1,600 ft. of elevation gain. While not long, the trail climbs steeply uphill to Pine Cobble and other view points. Lookouts to Greylock, nearby NY and VT peaks, and visit a plateau of blueberries! Great training hike for taller peaks in VT and NH.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 04‑Aug‑2024
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A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 09‑Aug‑2024
Register »
Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 11‑Aug‑2024
Register »
A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Mount Monadnock

Location: Monadnock Region, NH
Date: 13‑Aug‑2024
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This hike uses the historic Marlboro trail on the west side of the mountain. The hike covers 4.5 miles with 1,850' of elevation gain. You must be in good physical condition for this strenuous hike. Our pace will be moderate at 1.5 miles an per hour. Expect to be hiking for 6 hours, some of which will be above treeline.
Dress for the conditions: a wind/rain jacket, good hiking boots, and no cotton. Bring 2 liters of water, trail snacks and a summit lunch.
Note carpooling is encouraged. NH state parks charges a fee of $15 per car.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 16‑Aug‑2024
Register »
Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 18‑Aug‑2024
Register »
A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 23‑Aug‑2024
Register »
Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 25‑Aug‑2024
Register »
A leisurely walk geared for seniors but open to all. Join the park interpreter for some exercise along the streets of Holyoke with informal, on-the-go interpretation. Each roughly 1 to 2 mile walk features a topic such as local history, architecture, plants and wildlife.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Trees to the Rescue

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 30‑Aug‑2024
Register »
Trees cool hot cityscapes, filter polluted air, provide relaxing views, slow runoff and more. Discover beneficial traits of urban trees in Holyoke Heritage State Park.
A short leisurely stroll with stops. Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check activities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.

ExCom Opportunities

Click or tap on the Volunteer links to learn more, check availability, and/or sign up for opportunities.

Hiking Chair

Date: ongoing
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The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. A love of the outdoors and excellent organizational skills are a key fit for this position.
The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. The one-year term starts November 1. The Hiking Chair works with trip leaders to:
  • Schedule hikes
  • Encourage interested hikers to become leaders
  • Assist interested people in signing up for Leadership Training
  • Participates in Leadership Training
  • Assist Leaders-in-Training to find mentors for co-leads
  • Encourage leaders to lead hikes of varying levels of difficulty year-round
  • Assist new or existing leaders with posting hikes on the AMC website as needed
  • Answer leader's questions regarding AMC or Western MA chapter policies, referring to pertinent documents online at amc-wma.org, and
  • Hold informational and social gatherings with leaders from time to time, as necessary.
The Hiking Chair serves on the Western MA Chapter Executive Committee and:
  • Attends monthly Executive Committee meetings
  • Submits monthly reports to the Executive Committee, and
  • Sets up an annual budget for hiking and stays within the budget.
The Hiking Chair may also:
  • Enlist other AMC members to serve on the Hiking Committee to assist with its activities
  • Serve as a resource for the Tuesday Hiking group, which has their own coordinators and emailers to promote and publicize hikes, and
  • Organize hiker training programs (such as winter hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, etc.).
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.
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