• The New England Trail at Mt. Tom - 20s/30s & Young-at-Heart

    Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions to register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112794. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. This hike is along a portion of the New England Trail, to the peak of Mt. Tom. A section of this hike is strenuous and steep, with a few rock scrambles later along the ridge line. Also, there are a couple of brief, very steep drop-offs where you will need sure footing. We will include a few stops during our ascent to rest and drink water. Afterword, everyone is invited to eat dinner at the Daily Operation which is less than a ten minute drive down the road in Easthampton. Here is a look at their website: https://www.eatdailyop.com/ To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.

  • National Trails Day Hike on the A.T. - Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart)

    Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions to register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111652. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. This hike is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and co-lead by the Great Barrington Land Conservancy. Begin the hike at Beartown State Forest on the Benedict Pond Loop Trail. Connect to the Appalachian Trail traveling south, crossing Lake Buel Brook and Lake Buel Road. Here begins the ascent of East Mountain through deciduous and hemlock forests, and pass through Ice Glen, a wondrous deep chasm where ice persists even into warmer months. At Tom Leonard Shelter enjoy great views and lunch. Then continue through upland forest to more East Mountain scenic views. Finally, our hike takes us down a rocky slope to Holmes Road and carpool back to Beartown State Forest. Dogs are allowed if they always get along well with all other dogs and all people. Difficulty: Be prepared for a strenuous hike. There are two good climbs on this hike, with significant elevation change. The total distance is approximately 7 miles. We will hike at approximately 1.5 mph (faster on the flat sections and slower uphill). Afterward: Everyone is invited to stop in for a snack or early dinner at The Marketplace Kitchen Table, 240 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA. Here is a look at their menu: http://marketplacekitchen.com/kitchen-table-gb-menu/ To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.

  • TRAIL WORK! NEW ENGLAND TRAIL SECTION 16 (ERVING LEDGES)

    PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Contact the leader for more information. Join the New England Trail and Berkshire AMC Chapter Trail volunteers on a basic trail maintenance day on Section 16. You may know this section for the spectacular Erving Ledges and Hermit Castle. We will do a 5 mile loop hike that will include both of these spots while clearing a few blowdowns, raking out leaves and other basic maintenance as needed. It will be a great way for new people to see what we do on our trails, and ask questions about helping adopt (or co-adopting) a section of trail of your own. Holding up ledges not required. ;) We plan on being out there for 4-5 hours or so, depending on lunch time and work required. Bad weather will cancel. There is some moderate up and down on the trail, so the hike itself should not be regarded as "easy". Please contact Heather Wyman, NET Co-Chair at [masked] or call[masked] for meeting time/location and items you will need to bring.

  • QUIETWATER PADDLING TRIP ON GOOSE POND IN LEE, MA

    PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Advance registration is required for this activity. Join the Berkshire Chapter on a quiet water paddling trip to Goose Pond. It is estimated that the trip will last 2 to 3 hours and will cover a distance of 6 to 7 miles. Learn more here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/112025

  • CONNECTICUT RIVER PADDLE, SOUTHERN VERMONT

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    PLEASE DO NOT RSVP ON MEETUP. Advance registration required. Contact the leader: Dee Dice,[masked] (best time to call: 7-9 pm), [masked]. Family-friendly recreational paddle on the scenic Connecticut River in southern Vermont on Sunday June 30th, with a rain date of Saturday June 29. Join in on a 10 mile adventure from just south of Putney to the confluence of the West River in Brattleboro. This is a good first time event as well as a spectacular paddle for all experience levels. For those without access to a kayak or canoe, rentals may be available - contact co-leader Bonna Wieler ([masked] or[masked] from 7-9 pm). Anticipated on-water time about 3-5 hours- bring lunch and plenty of water. There are refreshments near the take-out at the West River Marina in Brattleboro.

  • Volunteer, Hike, and Swim - Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart)

    Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions to register here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111792. More information, including driving directions, will be provided by email a few days before the hike to those who register. We will remove non-native invasive common reed (phragmites), a tall perennial grass that is often seen along the edges of fresh and salt water. Bring a picnic lunch and clothes for swimming later on! We will take a look at a large American chestnut tree in the area too. Afterward, we will return on a different trail and keep an eye out for wildlife tracks along the way. To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.

  • A.T. Community Day - Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart)

    Beartown State Forest

    Please do not R.S.V.P. on Meetup. Instead, follow the directions listed here: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/111911. Young Members (20s/30s & Young-at-Heart) will join a larger group of volunteers and hikers at the Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day. Volunteer to make improvements to the Glen Brook Shelter and campsite or, as an alternative option, choose to attend a hike. Everyone (volunteers and hikers) will get together for a potluck dinner at Beartown State Forest. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will join the rest of us. Afterward, listen to the Berkshire Ukulele Band, swim, and sit by the campfire. To see a complete list of AMC’s activities, please visit our website at Outdoors.org and go to the “Get Outdoors” tab. Note that all of AMC’s activities are open to members and non-members.