Beginner's Barefoot Hike at Broadmoor

This will be our first Beginner's hike of the season.  Come join us for an enjoyable, easy barefoot hike at the Mass Audubon Broadmoor sanctuary.  Broadmoor has a number of very easy, clean trails which are ideal for new barefoot hikers.  We will cover between one and two miles depending on how those in the group feel.  These trails are leaf and pine needle covered woodland trails running through a beautiful wildlife sanctuary.

 

Each hiker should bring water and tick repellant.  Those new to going barefoot should bring backup shoes to get over the gravel lead in.  Instruction will be provided before and during the hike.  Meet at the end of the parking lot nearest the nature center building.  Look for barefoot people.  There is a five dollar charge to enter the preserve unless you are a Mass Audubon member.

 

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  • John G.

    Nice!! I'll have to give that place a try...

    Yeah, in the beginning sticks and rocks are a bit "loud" to the feet but given time they will adjust and your pads will build up. You can see why I use Broadmoor as a beginner spot :)

    Hope to see you on an other hike soon!!

    -John

    April 30, 2013

  • Farqie

    Decided to try going barefoot at Needham's Ridge Hill Reservation this morning in between bus routes. Got about 2 miles in. Nice, but LOTS of sticks, twigs, branches and roots on most trails. Some where very rocky. Good place to barefoot but might be more than a beginner spot.

    April 30, 2013

  • John G.

    Good job Deb !! On your way to living life barefoot !

    Guess I'm a bad influence :)

    -John

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Deb

    So, we decided to make a stop at
    Whole Foods on our way home from the walk yesterday and just went ahead in there barefoot- we were a little nervous, wondering if anyone would make a comment or complain, however, no one said a word-and we were quite jubilant-thanks for leading the way John! Had a great time at Broadmoor walking barefoot, being outside, getting know everyone, and learn the benefits of walking barefoot.

    April 22, 2013

  • John G.

    Thank You everyone for the kind comments :) I had a really good time and look forward to the next hike!

    -John

    April 22, 2013

  • Farqie

    I had a great time today and enjoyed it quite a bit. Thanks for the guidance and introducing me to barefooting on the trails. And, no, I didn't put my shoes on to drive home. ;-)

    April 21, 2013

  • Alan P.

    excellent

    April 21, 2013

  • Alec M.

    A lot of fun- John dud a great job with beginners (go, John!)

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Anna

    I'm sorry, can't make it today! See you next time, John!

    April 21, 2013

  • John G.

    Having problems posting messages for some reason... Hope it gets through this way...

    Deb,

    Sure, they are welcome to come along! See you guys there...

    -John

    April 21, 2013

  • Deb

    I am planning to bring my daughter and her boyfriend on the hike tomorrow if it is ok?

    April 20, 2013

    • John G.

      Hello Deb,

      April 21, 2013

    • John G.

      Sure, they are welcome to come along! See you guys there...

      April 21, 2013

  • Jennifer G.

    :'( I won't be there. I am in Ca. and don't fly back to Ma. until Thursday.

    April 21, 2013

  • Eric S.

    I look forward to it!

    April 17, 2013

  • Y. Z.

    I am so sorry that I found out I have to be in RI for some extended time that afternoon. But I will be attending the next one definitely!

    April 16, 2013

  • John G.

    I've been out hiking quite a bit in the last four weeks and the ground is getting pretty nice. Barring crazy weather, most people should find it warm enough in the afternoon, especially if it's sunny. This time of year the sun reaches the ground through the trees (no leaves). Of course, I'm barefoot 365 days a year so I guess "warm enough" is relative :)

    -John

    April 15, 2013

  • Ken

    Unless the weather is warm enough to be barefoot, I probably will not be there.

    April 15, 2013

  • John G.

    Hello Yi Wu,

    Welcome to the group!! I would estimate about one to two hours for the hike however, you can head out whenever you would like. These are mostly loop trails and since we have a lot of beginners on this hike we'll return from one loop before starting the next. That way anyone who's tired or needs to leave can take off and the rest of us can do more if there are people who want to. The first loop is between one and two miles. Then we can add other loops as the group wants. There are a couple of four mile loops which are really nice.
    I know the trails well and will stop at intersections to see how the group feels about taking extra loops. Broadmoor has a pretty nice network of trails which are all suitable for beginners. This is where I first started hiking.
    Hope to see you there!

    -John

    April 15, 2013

  • Y. Z.

    quick question - do y'all have an estimate time of when it will be completed? I may need to get to Boston during the evening at a certain hour and would check to make sure :)

    April 12, 2013

  • Y. Z.

    I will try to make this one!

    April 12, 2013

  • Dan L.

    Looking forwart to it

    March 27, 2013

  • Team NE Barefoot R.

    Can't wait. Last years hike at this location was a blast. The Boston Barefoot Running Festival is going to be held on September 14 and 15, 2013 FYI so there will be no conflict. Driving over 2 hours to go on a niche event is nothing. There are no other barefoot hiking groups around so you have to drive further.

    February 16, 2013

  • John G.

    Jennifer, Boston marathon should be Apr 15. Are you a member of the New England Barefoot Runners? A great group of people (an other Meetup group). They are holding the Boston Barefoot Running Festival on marathon weekend - should be a great time.

    -John

    February 15, 2013

  • Jennifer G.

    Tyler, a two hour drive to hike and enjoy yourself and make new friends. I've driven 6 hours to run a 5k race many times. The gas and food ends up costing more than the race entry. Its always worth it though. I've met some great people and had good times. John,, I'll let you know if we Will be able to make it as soon as I look at my calendar. If that's the weekend of the Boston Marathon then I might have a barefoot running event going on the same weekend.

    February 14, 2013

  • John G.

    Hello Jennifer and Tyler, Welcome to the group!!

    Jennifer, Sure - bring him along! Your boyfriend is certainly welcome to join us. Maybe he'll see us all having fun and give it a try someday.

    Don't feel too bad, Tyler - I've done much worse :) I see you hike barefoot quite a bit. There will be some longer and more difficult intermediate and advanced hikes coming up. I usually try to have an "official" length of about 2 miles on the beginner hikes but I'll go as long as the group wants to go.

    See you guys soon...

    -John

    February 14, 2013

  • Tyler M.

    well It kinda seems dumb for me to drive an hour to go for a 2 mile haha hike but Ill see how it goes

    February 14, 2013

  • Jennifer G.

    I'm going to see if my Boyfriend would like to join this event. I'm a barefoot runner (hah hah not so much in this cold weather) but he is a 100% shod kind of guy. Would it be okay if he came along on the hike with his shoes on? He's very supportive of my barefootedness even if he is too much of a tenderfoot himself. Looking forward to your response because I am "itching" to get out and do some barefoot activities!

    February 14, 2013

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