This Just in! 2019 Hilltown Destinations Map is here!

THE NEW #jlba #hilltowndestinations maps are here!!! #hikingtrail map on one side AND #businesslocator on the other side! FANTASTIC JOB Lyle Congdon and JLBA TEAM!!! Thank you!!

This is the third production of the #Destinations map and the best yet. This was just a dream of a project years ago and with the hard work and help of the Jacob’s Ladder Business Association team it is the Real Deal! 🌲Check out the QR code that takes you directly to Maps Page!🌲

Come to the JLBA Booth and #westernmasshilltownhikers booth at #chesterontrack Saturday May 18th between 9am to 4pm to get your copy! See you then!

Hike at Round Top Hill Saturday April 27th at 10:00am

Update….Unkamit’s Path (white dot) trail up to the summit is very muddy in sections, please be prepared to get a bit dirty!  I have been cleaning up leaves, mud and windfall for the last two weeks, trail looks better than it has in years.  This is one of my favorite mountain hikes, a quick and steep twenty minutes gets you to the summit, amazing views of Chester Blandford State Forest and East in five.  Be prepared for the elevation, some climbing and mud and see you all there!

Highlands Footpath First Blazing on Gobble Mountain

The Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee was delighted to help the Highlands Footpath (HFP) coordinate their first day of blazing. The segment selected runs along Gobble ridge with views of the Westfield River Valley and town of Chester below.
On March 26th an excited group made up of long time HFP advocates, a rep. from the Nature Conservancy and new highlands Footpath enthusiasts headed out of Chester center onto private property, with the blessings of the land owner. After a few hundred feet the HFP enters Chester Watershed land, the town of was delighted to give permission for the long distant footpath to follow a before unsanctioned Unkamit’s trail, now fully vetted, at this location, and celebrated by those who admire the spirit of adventure embraced by it’s creators. The trail leaves Chester watershed land near the summit and travels through Nature Conservancy property to the historic airway beacon. Efforts are underway to assess the beacon with the hopes of restoration.
Further blazing and trail creation lays ahead, we look forward to many wonderful workdays and explorations with all of you.!! Meredyth Babcock
“It’s all still there in heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure-they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days and years to come.”
– Edward Abbey