What we’re about
The Wilbraham Hiking Club Meetup now has a new name: The Valley Hikers. The Valley Hikers is an independent hiking group and it is still on hiatus. We look forward to hiking with you soon.
The Valley Hikers Meetup is a group for anyone interested in hiking. We do a variety of trails from very easy to difficult, predominately within 45 minutes of the greater Springfield, MA area. All skills levels are welcome. Hikes occur year-round, and throughout each week, except for around the time of some holidays. This is a great way to get in shape, or stay in shape, and a way to meet nice people.
No dogs (except for service dogs on leash) can hike with the Valley Hikers.
Things to keep in mind for ALL hikes
Always bring water.
Hiking boots are best for unpaved trails.
Bring one or two poles if needed for stability or joint issues.
Trail snacks usually include fruit, granola, nuts, or cheese.
If anyone gets a blister, hike leaders usually have first-aid supplies.
A small backpack is helpful.
Pack an extra pair of wool socks.
Bring insect repellent or mesh headgear during bug season.
"NERD UP": tuck pants into socks to try to avoid ticks.
For reasons related to health and to forest safety, all hikes are smoke-free.
A note about conduct
We are a group of like-minded people who enjoy getting together to hike and be outdoors. Although members often
develop friendships (and sometimes relationships) outside of the group, Meetup.com and the Valley Hikers are not
designed primarily to encourage dating or unwanted romantic attention.
It's very important that all members of the club feel welcome on all of our hikes. So please: respect the boundaries of
your fellow hikers. It's appropriate to contact someone through the meetup site, or through email or phone information
that the member has given you, but encroaching beyond a person's comfort level is inappropriate. People who cross the
line after being warned will be excluded from future hikes.