This is a hiking and social group for people who, like me, take life at a slow and steady pace. I love the outdoors, travel and hiking. Like the tortoise, I keep a steady pace and always get there in the end. Hikes will be mostly medium-length ( 4 - 6 miles) with elevation gains of under 1500 feet and a pace of book time +50%. Social events are sometimes attached to the hikes and sometimes stand-alones! This group is for ANY age. Older people who have slowed down, younger folks who are just starting out, people who are overweight and want to get moving, people who are recovering from an injury, people who occasionally like to stop and take pictures or smell the roses...anyone who wants to take things at a slower pace. Hikes and other events will take place all year round and in various locations!
While there are a few other rugged areas around Boston, none offers the length and variety of trails that the Middlesex Fells offers. The Reservoir Trail (orange blazes, 5.5 miles) basically goes around the reservoirs, though never along their shores. Much of it follows old carriage roads, and when it becomes a footpath it is neither steep nor does it go over rugged terrain. We'll make a loop and can shorten the hike if we get too tired or it's too hot or we just feel like it's time for a beer.
The Hikes (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-north/middlesex-fells-reservation.html)
Meet in the UPPER Sheepsfold Parking lot, near the dog park. There's a kiosk there with maps.
Hike goes on in foggy or cloudy weather. If it's raining or otherwise disgusting out, I will cancel.
Children welcome - please do not add as "guests" but mention them (and their ages) in the comments.
Leashed dogs only. Please do not bring your dog if you cannot keep it on the leash.
To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells: Interstate 93 South to exit 35. At stop sign, go left under highway. At next stop sign go right. At first set of lights turn right onto Route 28. Turn right into Sheepfold entrance.
Sheepfold parking lot: Gate 26
approximately 698 Fellsway West, Stoneham, MA 02180
Come spend a couple of nights at the Notch Hostel with me! We'll hike Lonesome Lake (one of my favorite hikes in the Whites) go out for dinner, sit on the porch and drink wine and...well, we can decide. A group of us went last year and it was great fun.
I'm staying in the Mahoosuc Room. This is on the 3rd floor - shared accommodations (with no bunk beds.) Other rooms are also available - including a dog-friendly room. The hostel has a full kitchen, nice living/dining area and a great vibe. Location is perfect. You can make reservations here: https://notchhostel.com/
I'll be at the hostel for two nights - arriving Thursday June 20 and leaving Saturday June 22. I'll be posting hikes separately.