What we're about

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.

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 thoroughly, 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.

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.

How to pay your dues.
From your profile unique to this group in the left column, you can click on the "$25.00/year" link below the "Member Dues" to securely pay your dues online. You should have received an email from Meetup with instructions.

Alternatively, you can mail a check to PO Box 461, Danielson, CT 06239. We can manually update your dues expiration on Meetup once we receive payment. Please be aware that if we do not receive your check in time, Meetup may automatically remove you from the group for nonpayment. Simply rejoin and we will update you expiration manually.

Upcoming events (3)

Eel River Preserve Hike

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Join me for an easy 3-4 mile hike at Eel River Preserve in Plymouth, MA. After our hike we can head up the road to have lunch. The Eel River Preserve is a restoration project of an old cranberry bog at the headwaters of the Eel River. The terrain is mostly flat and the hike is primarily on old bog roads

  • We will meet at the parking area for the preserve at the corner of Long Pond Road and Boot Pond Road in Plymouth. Take Route 3 south to Exit 13, formerly exit 5. Head south past Home Depot about 1.5 miles to the preserve’s parking area on your right.

Walden Woods


Easy pace 3 mile walk along flat dirt roads, across grassy meadows, and through a hemlock forest. We will closely pass Codman farm, and visit llamas, goats and pigs. At another stop, there may be farm horses, grazing in the field. Then, we will follow a wooded trail, to a beautiful, secluded pond. There is a Donelan’s Market next to the parking lot, where we meet. They have a few outdoor tables and chairs. After the walk, if you would like, please join us for a snack from Donelan’s (deli counter, bakery rolls, fruit and vegetables). 10:30am: Meeting time (soft, mellow music). 11:00am: Walk begins. Meet at Lincoln Train Station commuter parking lot (drive to back of the lot, you will see us - parking is free on weekends). Directions: From Route 2, take Route 126 South for 2 miles. Turn left on Codman Road, follow to end. Turn left, see Train Station on left.

Rain date: Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Save the date! Spring Activities Day

Halibut Point State Park

Details to be posted later

Past events (39)

Turkey Tromp #42

Baffin Nature Sanctuary

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