Group Hike Schedule

Dynamite Box March 2019February 23, 2019 Griffin Brook Road

March 30, 2019 10:00 am Dynamite Box Chester/Blandford 

Chester-Blandford State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features located in the two towns for which it is named; this is the final one of three that we will explore this winter. Join us for approximately a two hour hike starting at Sanderson Brook Road which runs along Sanderson Brook to the top of Sanderson Falls, then past the waterfall vista, the CCC camp chimney, we will then be at the 4 trail junction in the middle of the State Forest. We will then head up the Dynamite Box Trail, hiking the pine forest on this trail passing a swamp and beaver dam, crossing a stream, and then work our way uphill to higher ground in Blandford. We will then descend by completing this loop with amazing views on Beulah Land Road and continue back down Sanderson Brook to the parking lot. For those looking for a shorter hike, simply hike to the Falls, which we will pass and then return the way we came after spending some time at the Falls. To the falls and back is a one hour hike. NOTE: If weather/hiking conditions are poor we will only hike to the Falls and back.

Meet at the Sanderson Falls parking lot on Route 20 in Chester across from Bannish Lumber. The trail is a wide logging road, with no footpaths to Dynamite Box. Dynamite Box Trail may be icy and/or muddy at this time of year and is not flat so be prepared and wear appropriate gear, boots, spikes, poles or snowshoes. Expect loose rocks and roots and water.
Depending on the weather conditions the week before, be prepared for mud, snow and ice. 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!
This event is co-sponsored by SHAEC and the JLBA. Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at http://www.HilltownOSA.com For more hike information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Youtube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at http://www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com

April 27, 2019 10:00 am Round Top Hill in Chester with Hilltown Land Trust

We follow a section of Unkamit’s Path, a white blazed scenic steep trail which includes the top of Round Top Hill, a grassy open summit with spectacular 360 degree views, the highest point in Hampden County elevation 1,780 feet and 5th highest in Massachusetts. You will stumble apon and all three Geological markers and sign the guestbook in the cache. Bring your camera! See shagbark trees and high elevation birds and spring wildflowers. This hike has 400 foot elevation gains to the summit, be prepared for uphill climbing (downhill follows the fire road which is less steep) as well as the continuous amazing view along the edge during the decent. This is Hilltown Land Trust Conservation Land made public to hikers through the generosity of land owners.

Meet at the entrance of the Griffin Brook Road parking lot in the Chester Blandford State Forest off of Round Hill Road. Take Route 20 or Route 23 to Blandford Road in Chester (do not take Round Hill Road from route 20) turn onto Round Hill Road (Chester Town Line side), take a left at the cemetary and first right into the parking lot. You may park in front of the cemetery as well. There will be signs where to park. Plan for two hours to complete the loop. Although the trail is easily traveled and well-marked, be prepared for mud. Weather depending, bring walking sticks and spikes.

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!
This event is co-sponsored by SHAEC and the JLBA. Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at http://www.HilltownOSA.com For more hike information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Youtube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at http://www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

May 11, 2019 10:00 am Bob’s Way in Otis

Draped over two unnamed hills in the center of the property, Bob*s Way is artistically bounded by water in a landscape of rolling backlands. An informational kiosk will be found a minute or two after passing the entry boulder and crossing a short boardwalk over the wetland at the inlet to Royal Pond. This will give you your first taste of amphibians, wetland plants, and overarching hemlocks. Local historians believe the Revolutionary War era Ticonderoga-to-Boston Knox Trail most likely passed near or through the property, which was first settled by the Markham family. We will hike the outer and longest loop which passes by the Markham/Dowd colonial era stone foundation, the main wetlands on the property, a beautiful beaver swamp and several abandoned charcoal hearths.

This is a Berkshire Natural Resources Trail, one of their many beautiful, well maintained and adventurous trails. I have hiked almost all of their trails and each is a gem!
Plan for two hours hike time. Follow Route 23 East from Otis center and the parking lot and trail head will be on south side of the street. If you hit the beaver ponds of Otis, turn around. The gravel parking area is on Rte. 23, just east of Mt. Hunger Road. There is ample parking off street.

You may pick up snacks or enjoy breakfast/ lunch in Otis at Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel 2000 East Otis Road, Rt. 23 East Otis, MA 01029
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!
This event is co-sponsored by SHAEC and the JLBA. Hilltown Hikers is a member of the Hilltown Outdoor Stewardship Alliance Learn more at http://www.HilltownOSA.com For more hike information email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com or call/text 413-302-0312. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. #westernmasshilltownhikers. Events, maps and photos located at http://www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.

June 29, 2019 10:00 am Tyringham Cobble

July 27, 2019 10:00 am Clam River

August 10, 2019 10:00 am Monterey Land Trust

September 21, 2019 10:00 am Newman Marsh

October 12, 2019 10:00 am Keystone Arch Bridges Trail

November 16, 2019 10:00 am Knittel Conservation Area

December 14, 2019 10:00 am Nobleview Outdoor Center

January 18, 2020 10:00 am Becket Quarry

February 22, 2020 10:00 am Sanderson Brook Falls