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Our trips page lists a variety of events, including hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, skiing, and many other outdoor-related activities club members are leading. Chiltern events are open to members and non-members alike, and activities range anywhere from an easy garden walk to a strenuous backpacking trip in the White Mountains.  We welcome people of all abilities and backgrounds, so there's no need to feel intimidated if you're new to an activity.

Chiltern is an all-volunteer group that strives to create a relaxed environment for people to experience the outdoors together and bond as a community.
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The purpose of this group is to create a safe space where queer folks can get outside, make friends, and have fun exploring what beautiful New England has to offer! If you identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, questioning, or anything in between, please join us!

People of all skill levels are encouraged to join. We encourage all members to plan their own hikes, overnight trips, and other fun events and suggest them to the group. Please feel free to ask me if you need any help in planning or posting an event of your own.

You must read the trail descriptions and pass requirements toughly, understanding that they may not be complete. Please bring a little cash for a daily stamp for your car if need be. Please also bring enough water, snacks and warm clothing for yourself.

We do our best to create a safe and warm environment - free from transphobia, racism, sexism, or any other inappropriate behavior. Lets make this a nice, and inclusive space for us all!

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Chiltern Mountain Club (CMC) was founded in 1978 by Sturgis Haskins.  At the time he lived in Boston.  He posted an ad in a local paper asking follow gay men and lesbians to join him for a hike up Mt. Wachusett in central Massachusetts.  Since then, the club grew into New England's largest and only gay and lesbian outdoor recreation club.

Upcoming events (4+)

Charles River Link Hike - Part 3

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Charles River Link Part 3 – Pegan Hill to Dover-Sherborn School 4.8 miles
Sat. May 21, 2022
This is the third section of our hike along the 16-mile Charles River Link from Newton to Medfield, Mass. The third second section will be a 4.8-mile hike visiting Pegan Hill Sanctuary, Mumford Wildlife Forest, Weatherbury Farm, Peters Reservation and Chase Woodlands. Bring a lunch and drink to have a picnic on the walk.
We will meet at 10 AM at the Dover-Sherborn Regional School at 9 Junction Street in Dover, Mass. Since this is a continuous trail, we will leave some cars here and drive a few cars back to the starting point at Pegan Hill.
GPS Dover-Sherborn Regional School, 9 Junction Street in Dover, Mass.
Steve [masked]

Weekday Waltham & Belmont Conservation Lands Hike

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Weekday Waltham & Belmont Conservation Lands Hike
Thursday, May 26, 2022
My second weekday moderate loop hike will be in Waltham and Belmont, a walk through the Beaver Brook Historic Reservation, and its Duck Pond and Mill Pond Reservation in Waltham, then we will use the Town of Belmont Conservation Lands to complete the circuit and arrive back at start. Bring a lunch and drink to have a picnic on the walk.
We will meet at 10 AM at the Beaver Brook Historic Reservation picnic area parking lot at 531 Waverley Oaks Road in Belmont. If, coming by the MBTA, take the No. 73 bus at Harvard Station (upper bus station) which leaves Harvard every 16 minutes. Get off at the final stop at Church Street. Continue walking on Tropelo Road to Waverly Oaks Road, turn right and continue to the picnic area parking lot, a total of a little over a half a mile from the bus stop.
Steve Pinkham[masked]
GPS 531 Waverly Oaks Road, Belmont, Mass.

30th Anniversary Monhegan Island Weekend Hikes

The Monhegan House

Thirty years ago, Paul Bachand led the first Monhegan Island Chiltern hiking weekend, departing from Port Clyde, Maine, aboard the Laura B. on Saturday, May 22nd, with lodging at Monhegan House. We enjoyed it so much that we kept going back. After a couple of years, the event was moved to Labour Day weekend.

Consider joining us to celebrate this 30th anniversary with 3 days of hikes starting on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 28th. Each hike will consist of a few miles and a few hours (folks tend to like to stop and admire the scenery along the way) each. Difficulty varies but the routes are mostly moderate through woods and on rocky trails with ocean views and lots of ups and downs. You should be in fairly good shape and rugged footwear is recommended. There are no medical facilities on the island.

Arrange your boat transportation, to be on the island and ready for the first hike at 12:00 on Saturday, and lodging. (Monhegan Boat Line operates from Port Clyde. Lodging options include Monhegan House, Shining Sails, Tribler Cottage, Island Inn and Trailing Yew in addition to others and cottages for rent.) Check the web site, https://monheganwelcome.com/, for more details. Registration is limited, open until May 19th and should include your electronic mail address and telephone number so I can let you know more details and if changes need to be made. Your host, Steven Wilkinson can be reached, via electronic mail to [masked], prior to May 20th.

Charles River Link Part 4 – Dover-Sherborn School to Bay Circuit Trail

This is the fourth and final section of our hike along the 16-mile Charles River Link from Newton to Medfield, Mass. The fourth second section will be a 4.4-mile hike visiting Medfield State Forest, Rocky Narrows, Medfield Charles River Gateway and Medfield State Hospital. Here the Charles River Link ends at the Bay Circuit Trail. We will drive a short distance to the nearby Medfield State Forest and hike down to the Charles River to end our trek. Bring a lunch and drink to have a picnic on the walk.
We will meet at 10 AM in Medfield, at the parking lot on Hospital Road just before the railroad tracks (room for 8 cars). Since this is a continuous trail, we will leave some cars here and drive a few cars back to the starting point at Dover-Sherborn Regional School.
Steve Pinkham [masked]
GPS Medfield State Hospital Parking Lot, Hospital Road, Medfield, Mass.

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Weekday Fresh Pond Circuit Hike, Cambridge, Mass.

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