What we're about

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!

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Sibley and Burncoat Wildlife Sanctuary

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MEET AT: Sibley Farm Trailhead
130 Greenville Street
Spencer, MA
HIKE DESCRIPTION: This is a 6 mile looped hike in a very pretty area. Estimated time is 3.5 hours. We’ll head out to Burncoat Pond on a combination of Audubon trails. This general area is a passive recreation and wildlife habitat. Burncoat Pond trails include an overlook. Sibley Farm on the west side of the sanctuary is over 300 acres managed by Greater Worcester Land Trust. We will hike at a tortoise pace, some moderate hills, total elevation gain is 400 feet. Attendees should be sure of their ability to be out on trail for up to 4 hours.
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Mid-State & Mass Audubon trails well marked.
Sibley is a combination of trail and meadow.
DETAILS: Hike leaves on time so please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get parked and gather your gear. We do not guarantee end times.
GEAR:
Water, Sturdy shoes or hiking boots, hiking poles if you use them. Bring lunch or a snack, bug spray, sunscreen.
No dogs.

Disclaimer
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following:
this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others;
you assume all risk associated with this activity;
you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity;
you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code
the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and
you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Mt. Wachusett from Administration Road gate

Needs a location

A nice loop hike up Wachusett Mountain. Some sustained climbing (this is a mountain) but nothing too steep and we will proceed at our usual tortoise pace.

Distance: about 3.5 miles
Gain: About 650 feet
Tortoise time: About 3.5 hours
No dogs.

We will meet at the gate near Machias Pool at the end of Westminster Road on the south side of the mountain. (Not at the visitor center on the east side). We'll hike up Administration Road (unused gravel road) to Jack Frost to Lower Link Trail to Harrington Trail. Then we will take Upper Link Trail over to Mountain House which goes to the Summit (This way we avoid the steepest part of Harrington). After hanging out at the summit and enjoying the view, we'll head down the Mountain House Trail, pick up the Jack Frost and High Meadow Trail which spills into Echo Lake trail and back to our cars.

Please be prepared for a walk which may feel strenuous at times! You will need hiking boots or walking shoes with very good tread. Bring water and lunch or some snacks! Bug spray, sun screen, and a hat recommended. I always use hiking poles.

Hike will go on if cloudy or overcast - steady rain or otherwise horrible weather cancels.

TRAIL MAP HERE:
https://www.mass.gov/doc/wachusett-mountain-state-reservation-trail-map/download

NOTE: We are NOT leaving from the main entrance on Mountain Road. Please read the directions carefully! Westminster Road intersects with Mountain Road about 2.5 miles south of the main entrance. If you look at the map, you will see where we are meeting at the Administration Road gate off of Westminster Road.

Disclaimer:
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following:
this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others;
you assume all risk associated with this activity;
you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity;
you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code
the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and
you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

Ashland State Park

Needs a location

This is a loop hike around the Ashland Reservoir. According to AllTrails, it is 4.6 miles long. Please wear appropriate footwear for the trails- there are a lot of tree roots to dodge and slippery pine needles,

Park at the lot next to the Ashland Community Center, with address 162 West Union Street, Ashland. We will meet by the gate/fence and walk down together. Please be on time as we will step off promptly at 4:05pm.

Disclaimer
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following:
• this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others;
• you assume all risk associated with this activity;
• you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity;
• you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code
• the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and
• you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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Ashland State Park

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