Activities for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee
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This page lists trips sponsored by the Hiking/Backpacking Committee. To see all trips sponsored by the Boston Chapter, see our search page. To find trips sponsored by other chapters, use the club-wide trip search page.
Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.
Join us on our ascent of Mt. Adams (5,774') via the rugged Star Lake Trail. Expect steep and challenging conditions on Star Lake Trail. This hike will focus on the unhurried exploration of the above treeline terrain and krummholz and will be limited to 10 experienced hikers.
Let's roam to the Dome! Join us for a day hike over Carter Dome and Mt Hight, while enjoying the views of the picturesque Presidential Range and the Wild River Wilderness. This 9.8 mile loop hike will take us over the summit of Carter Dome (4832 ft; NH48) and Mt Hight (4675 ft; 52WAV) via the Nineteen Mile Brook trail and the Appalachian Trail, with a break at the AMC Carter Notch hut along the way. The elevation gain is 3609 ft. Participants should pack full 3-season gear and have some recent experience with hikes of similar length and elevation gain.
Join the leaders for an aggressively-paced hike of the Middlesex Fells. We'll meet at the eastern edge of the Cross Fells Trail (Gate 58) by 5:50 pm to start hiking promptly at 6.00 pm. Each week of this 'Show and Go' hike series, we'll tackle variations of the Rock Circuit and surrounding trails in the eastern section of the Fells. We'll hike until dark (bring a headlamp) at a fast pace to get our heart rates up. Sorry, but no dogs or children are allowed on this hike.
Join us for a weekend of hiking in Vermont at lovely Lake Elmore. Car camp at state park complete with modern amenities and hot showers, near Stowe, Vermont. The first day we will hike Mt. Mansfield or similar (10-12 miles round trip.); the 2nd day we will do a shorter 7-8 mile hike. Expect rugged and steep terrain. Enjoy a roaring evening campfire, swimming in Lake Elmore, picnic opportunities, and woodsy campsites next to a babbling brook. Limited to 6 experienced hiker campers.
Join us for a weekend at the Harvard Cabin near Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains. Plan to arrive Friday evening (before 11 pm). Stay at a rustic cabin and share the preparation of Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, Saturday happy hour and Saturday dinner. The fee covers Friday and Saturday night lodging, 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday morning), happy hour and dinner (Saturday evening). Trail lunches and happy hour beverages are not included. We plan to hike one of the 15 nearby 4k peaks on Saturday.
If you like rocky scrambles, this is the hike for you! We'll start from the Appalachia trailhead off Rt 2 and take the Airline trail to the Short Line to the King Ravine trail. We'll pass the Mossy Falls and enter King Ravine. Along the floor of King Ravine is a boulder field, underneath which runs the Subway trail. Yes, underneath! We might see a bit of snow in one of the gaps in the rock. Next is the King Ravine headwall and then the last mile to the summit of Mt Adams - at 5,774', the second highest peak in the White Mountains.
Join us for a hike to the summit of Mt Lincoln (5,089') where we will raise a flag in remembrance of those killed on September 11, 2001 (911). Flags will be raised on the summits of all 48 four thousand footers and our plan is to stay on the summit of Mt Lincoln from 12.00 noon-2.00 pm. Participants should be ready for an early start from the trailhead and will be expected to help carry the pole and the flags to and from the summit. We will hike the Falling Waters Trail to Little Haystack and then the Franconia Ridge Trail over to Mt Lincoln.
Join us for a classic loop over the west side of Mt Washington using the Ammomoosuc Ravine Trail, Crawford Path, Gulfside Trail and Jewell Trail. Including the summits of Mt Monroe (5,384') and Mt Washington (6,288'), this day hike is 10.4 miles with 4,200 ft of elevation gain. This will be a long day with potential exposure to weather so previous experience of hiking above treeline is desirable.
Join us on a hike via the Ethan Pond Trail 5.1 miles to Thoreau Falls. We will spend time at the Falls and then head out by continuing on the Ethan Pond Trail to the Zealand Trail. We will then take the Zealand Trail for 2.5 miles back to Zealand Road. This hike is 9.7 miles with 1,500 feet of elevation gain.
Join us for a fall backpack to the top of Mt. Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts! We will take a 12.5 plus mile loop past stands of old growth forest, waterfalls, and along the ridgeline of the Greylock massif. We will enjoy the summit views from atop the War Memorial and camp at an established site. Each participant will be responsible for their own meals (2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner, and trail snacks) but leaders will bring dessert!
Join us for a classic above treeline Fall hike over the Franconia Ridge across Mts. Lafayette, Lincoln and Little Haystack. The hike is about 9 miles with approximately 3,700 feet of elevation gain and includes several miles of very exposed above treeline hiking. If it's not an above treeline day, we'll choose an alternate destination. Graduates of the Spring Hiking Program (SHP) are welcome.
Casey leads trips year around for the hiking/backpacking committee of the AMC Boston Chapter. He is heavily engaged in the H/B leadership and training programs such as Spring/Fall Leadership Training as well as our educational programs in the Spring and Winter Hiking Programs. Like other hikers that hike before sun up and after sundown and do 20+ miles, Casey likes to do the same only keep it under 10 miles :) He's an experienced hiker, but not a speed daemon.
Located in Evan's Notch, the Baldface Loop is one of the best hikes New Hampshire has to offer. The hike will take us over 4 miles of open and semi-open ledges providing long stretches of unobstructed views (and equal great exposure to storms). We'll summit South Baldface and North Baldface peak clockwise, hiking up South Baldface first. This means we will hike the steepest section on the way up rather than on the way down. Expect to see great views of the taller White Mountain peaks. From the ridge, you can see the Carter Ridge and the Wild River Wilderness.
Love hiking and backpacking in any capacity, any season. I've tackled long distance hiking trips including the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. I am an organizer for the RI hiking club and am excited to be leading hikes for Boston AMC. Now focused more on sharing my love for the outdoors, I lead both slower paced day and overnight trips for people beginning to crave getting outdoors, as well as advanced events.
Come along for a fall day hike to Mount Garfield (4,500 ft; NH48)! This 10-mile trip offers amazing panoramic views of the surrounding Franconia Ridge and Franconia and Lincoln Brooks valleys. Starting on the Garfield Trail, we will ascend gradually 4.8 miles to the Garfield Ridge Trail for the final 0.2-mile steep and rocky pitch to the summit. After taking in the scenery, we will descend via the same trails. The elevation gain for this hike is approximately 3,000 ft.
Weekend Map and Compass course held at the Harvard Outing Club Cabin in Pinkham Notch. If you've always wanted to truly learn how to use a compass, this is the course for you. We'll cover maps, compass, navigation and intentional bushwhacking, and will then apply these skills to hike two actual trail-less mountains. The second (Sunday) hike is optional and entails a full day of bushwhacking - possibly finishing as late as 7:00 pm on Sunday evening. Participation is strongly encouraged because you'll get to apply the skills you've learned.
Joe is one of the Boston Chapter's most experienced and active trip leaders - his summit visits number in the quadruple digits. Included among the many outings he leads each year for the Chapter's Hiking/Backpacking Committee are the single-day Presidential Range traverse on the summer solstice, and the Map & Compass course in the fall.