NOTICE: DUE TO COVID-19 all group hikes are on Ticketleap. All hikes require pre-registration because we are limited on the number of participants due to State of Massachusetts outdoor gathering regulations. All hikers are required to sign a COVID-19 waiver of liability.
Upper Spectacle Pond and Webb Sawmill in Sandisfield Group Hike September 19th 10:00 am
GPS Location for Parking and Hike Start: 42.192718 -73.120653 on Route 23 in Otis corner of Upper Spectacle Pond Road. Trailhead Hike Rating: Easy to Moderate approximately 3.6 Miles and 3-4 hours. This hike is relatively flat and on old roads.
You must register for this event using ticket leap, you will receive a confirmation number. This event as of today is limited to 25 people. Masks/face coverings are required as well as 6 feet distance between hikers. All will sign a covid waiver. Hand sanitizer and disposable pencils will be provided.”NOTE: Due to Current Massachusetts COVID-19 mandates: registration, signing a COVID-19 waiver, masks if you cannot social distance and whatever other mandates are ordered by Governor Baker will be required to participate in this event. The number of participants may be restricted. Please check back on this event for any and all updates”
Join us for a hike to Upper Spectacle Pond and the Webb Sawmill in Sandisfield at Otis State Forest. We will park in the gravel pull off lot on Route 23 in Otis and hike into Otis State Forest down Upper Spectacle Pond Road(dirt road) to Webb Road(dirt road) to view Upper Spectacle Pond and then go into the woods along Spectacle Pond Brook to explore the former 1876 Webb Sawmill complete with sluiceway. Hike is along dirt/gravel State Forest Road to the pond and then a grassy/dirt trail to a vista on the ponds edge. Webb Sawmill will be explored on the way back from the vista. Sawmill is located on a footpath off of the dirt road. Parking is a gravel State Forest lot on Route 23, please carpool with friends and park tight so we all fit in the lot.Bring bugspray, snacks, drinks, walking sticks and good footwear. If you have questions about the hike please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hike will start at the parking lot at 10 am. More hike details are on Facebook and our website.
Maps and bottled water will be provided. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. Well behaved dogs are welcome! hike is free, donations are welcome!
Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at www.HilltownOSA.com For more hike information email email@example.com or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.
Keystone Arch Bridges Trail Group Hike October 17th 10:00 am
GPS Location: 42.312190 -72.992314
Trailhead Hike Rating: Moderate 5 miles total in and back
Join us for the 7th annual group hike of the historic Keystone Arch Bridge Trail in Chester.
Enjoy Dave’s incredible narration as he tells of the history of the Arch’s creation, the first cluster of stone arch RR bridges built in America, located on the West Branch of the Westfield River. We will take you up close to all the stone bridges on the trail. Plan for three and a half hours for the narrated hike, spend the entire day exploring if you like! The Chester Railway Station Museum will be open after the hike located at 10 Prospect Street, Chester. Although the trail is easily traveled and well-marked, be prepared for mud, bridges, roots and rocks. More info visit www.chesterrailwaystation.net www.keystonearches.com www.townofchester.net
Maps and bottled water will be provided. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the trail. Dogs are welcome! No registration required, hike is free, donations are welcome!
Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at www.HilltownOSA.com
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Meetup, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.
Past Group Hikes:
January 18, 2020 10:00 am Sanderson Brook Falls Western Mass Hilltown Hikers group hike Sanderson Brook Falls in Chester
GPS Location: 42.2562N, 72.9468W Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes 1.25 Mile In and Back
The Chester-Blandford State Forest includes remnants of small mining operations and the 60-foot cascade at Sanderson Brook Falls. It is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The state forest was established in 1924 when local lumber companies sold land to the state. The Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the forest from 1934 to 1940. Their work included the construction of a campground, pavilions, trails, ski runs, and the road and bridges that lead to Sanderson Brook Falls. The trail is gravel and wide which gently climbs upward. We cross three girder bridges and follow along Sanderson Brook then take the narrower trail to the right which takes us to the bottom of the waterfall. Be prepared for ice, snow and mud; bring walking sticks and spikes if there is snow on the ground.
Park at Sanderson Brook Falls parking lot across from Bannish Lumber on Route 20 in Chester. Meet in the parking lot where the trail begins. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Mass Hilltown Hikers group hike at Littleville Lake in Huntington
Saturday February 22nd at 10:00 am
GPS Location: 42.2671N, 72.8750W Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes 1.25 Mile Loop
Huntington Walks is the newest walking/hiking map in Huntington. Join us and the Huntington COA to hike two of the 14 mapped routes in town!
Littleville Lake is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and offers 1,567 acres of outdoor recreational activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, and fishing (including ice fishing) on the 280-acre lake. Miles of roads and the Eagle Ridge Trail provide opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. The hundreds of acres of hemlock, pine and mixed hardwoods are managed by Corps personnel to provide timber and fuel wood, improve wildlife habitat and to insure water quality. Wildlife is abundant in the forests fields and waters. Many species of birds including bluebirds, ospreys and turkey vultures have been seen at Littleville Lake. Littleville Lake is located at 32 Goss Hill Road, Huntington, MA 01050. Be prepared for ice and snow, bring spikes and walking sticks. For more information email email@example.com
Western Mass Hilltown Hikers group hike The Boulders in Dalton
Saturday March 28th at 10:00 am
GPS Location: GPS: 42.469782, -73.196226 (trailhead parking on Dalton Avenue) Hike Rating: Easy with some slopes Approx. 5 miles total with several loops