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We #hikethehilltowns and cover Westfield to the New York State Border. Once a month we host a publicly advertised "Group Hike" to a Hilltown destination that has good parking and a trail that is easy to moderate, with an available map, in general good for just about all levels. These are planned months in advance. Usually there will be a special guest or a theme/cause involving a trail creator, history of the place, etc. There are usually 30 to 50 hikers at the "group hikes".

"Flash hikes" are above and beyond our regular once monthly group hikes. Group is typically up to 12 hikers. Short notice hikes in the Western Mass Hilltowns for experienced hikers, new places, adventures, historic hunts, mountains, old roads. GAIA gps app highly recommended. This is for adult hikers who have the gear, packs, poles, adventures in the hilltowns are anything goes including unusual weather, lots of rocks and elevation. Flash hikes are held usually on Fridays, Holidays. Saturdays and Sundays and are short notice. Destinations include remote trail heads, mapless trails, historic hikes, scouting trips. If you are interested in flash hiking the events are announced using Facebook Messenger, please email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com if interested.

Dogs are always welcome at all of our hikes. We only ask that hikers are responsible for their dogs. No poop on trails, use a leash when needed.
We hike year-round. Rain and snow. We never cancel unless its some catastrophe.

We do boundary stone hikes, General Knox Trail hikes, old railroad hikes, Indian Footpath hikes...you name it we hike there.

For info and questions email westernmasshilltownhikers@aol.com. www.westernmasshilltownhikers.com and www.hilltownhikers.com. Our hikes are usually 2 to 4 hours. Water and Maps provided.
Find Western Mass Hilltown Hikers on Facebook, Facebook Groups, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. Hashtag #westernmasshilltownhikers #hikethehilltowns

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The Rivulet Group Hike

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Join us at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead to hike the Rivulet Trail and Pine Loop, a certified Old Growth Forest. Be enamored at the giant old growth trees including a 102.4 foot black cherry, the second tallest of it’s species known on Massachusetts. This is an old growth mature forest dominated by beech, maple and hemlock trees over pine and birch. Most trees here are at maximum heights possible during their life span. This forest was saved and preserved by the poet William Cullen Bryant . The Rivulet loop is just one mile, however hours are spent looking at the amazing trees in this forest as Rivulet Brook winds its way through. Part two (additional 3 miles total) of the hike will be a walk through the Sugar Bush Trail, with a short flat hike to the old Sugar House ruins and then out to old Trow Road, a dirt road lined with more ancient maples and on to Bryant Cemetery. visit www.hilltownhikers.com for more info and registration.

Hike rating is easy, great for everyone!

Register at https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated!
***REGISTRATION IS PER CAR LOAD*** 1 ticket = as many as you can fit in your vehicle

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Be prepared for water, rocks, roots and mud on the trail. Maps and bottled water will be provided. We hike rain or shine. Friendly dogs are welcome! Please Register (per carload) on https://westernmasshilltownhikers.ticketleap.com hike is free, donations are appreciated!
Tees, hoodies, hats, window stickers, artwork, and puzzles will be for sale at the hike, the complete free catalog of printed hiking maps will be there too. See all our events, maps, blog and photos at www.hilltownhikers.com For more hike information email: [masked] or call/text[masked]. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Meetup, YouTube, TikTok, Pinterest and Twitter. Search our hashtags #westernmasshilltownhikers and #hikethehilltowns
Donate here: paypal.me/hilltownhikers Venmo: @hilltownhikers or on the donate link on the website.
Please keep our beautiful places clean and carry in and carry out.
We head up the trail at 10:00 am sharp! See you all there!

Past events (32)

Middlefield State Forest History Hike

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