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 (1)

Horseneck Beach Day Trip - 2023

Horseneck Beach Main Parking

Our annual trip to the one beach around here with non-freezing water returns!

As always, we scheduled this trip to coincide with the Cambridge Men’s Group. Chiltern may have a canopy tent for shelter from the sun. (Other groups -- like the Non-Scene Friends (LGBTQ+) -- are also invited. Feel free to invite any other LGBTQ+ groups!)

Typically, about 35-45 people come to the CMC's annual beach day. Members and guests come from CT, MA, NH, RI, & VT. While the event starts about 10am, people show up slowly all morning long, so join us anytime.

Followed by (optional) dinner at The Back Eddy. When you RSVP, please let us know whether you will be staying for dinner at the Back Eddy Restaurant. (We'll double-check with you when it gets close.)

GETTING THERE: Everyone is responsible for arranging their own transportation. If you need a lift, or can offer one, leave a message on this Meetup page's "Comments" section.

Directions: http://bit.ly/3zpdUl9

What to bring?
Most importantly, sunscreen, plenty of water, and of course your bathing suit. If you're able, please bring snacks and liquid refreshments (non-alcoholic, of course) to share.


The parking fee is $13 per car for MA residents and $40 per car for non-residents. Or purchase an annual pass for $60, or a Lifetime Senior Pass (62+) for only $10, but you have to get it ahead of time: https://www.mass.gov/locations/horseneck-beach-state-reservation .

What to bring?

Most importantly, sunscreen, plenty of water, and of course your bathing suit. If you're able, please bring snacks and liquid refreshments (non-alcoholic, of course) to share.

How to find us on Horseneck Beach?

See the map in the event listing.

Info & Traveling:

Click here (https://www.mass.gov/locations/horseneck-beach-state-reservation) for complete details about the beach and reservation.


Many people today have GPS devices or use online maps and directions service, so I'll spare the detailed directions. Briefly, to get to Horseneck Beach State Reservation, make your way south via I-95, I-495 or Route 24 to I-195 near Fall River, MA. From I-195 take exit 10 for Route 88 south and that’ll bring right to the reservation!

Please do NOT wait to call Saturday morning. Please plan if you need more information. There is often no cell service on the beach.

Contact Josiah if you have any questions. You can reach him by cell/text,[masked] or [masked].

RAIN DATE: Sunday, August 20th.