Group Hike of Goldmine Falls in Chester

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Group Hike of Goldmine Falls in Chester June 26th 10:00am

GPS Location:  42.24782, -72.92470 Parking      Hike Rating: Moderate/Difficult     4 miles in and back      This hike is ranked A+ for waterfalls.  Stone steps on the side of the road take you into the woods in less than 3 minutes.  The initial hike up the falls is very steep with a sharp drop off to the water.  Even though the waterfall is just off the state highway, you feel a world away from it! Impressive massive, moss covered boulders dominate the gorge.  As you climb higher the trail goes to a gradual climb along a stone wall, there are many viewing spots along the way. Bring your good camera.   We will hike to the washed-out bridge, hikers have the option to cross Goldmine Brook and continue on the opposite side of the brook to the high end of the trail where it meets up with Mica Mine Rd. and the Mine itself. This hike is beautiful from start to finish.  Uphill all the way in.

Park and meet at the parking area pull off on Route 20 (right side heading West) just after the DCR Headquarters sign, nose in.  The trail starts across the road at the end of the guardrail.  Road crossing is necessary, bring a leash for your dog. Plan for three hours hike time. Be prepared for water, rocks and mud on the trail and steep inclines.  Maps and bottle water will be provided.  Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. More details are on Facebook and the website. Friendly dogs are welcome! Please Register on https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated!     For more information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com