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Hiking Committee

The Hiking (formerly Outings) Committee organizes general, non-technical events such as hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and backpacking trips. We have a very long list of hiking trips. Most hikes occur on weekends, but we do have a tradition of Tuesday hiking trips as well. Check out our schedule!

Thanks to the leaders for leading this hike - what beautiful snow-covered scenery and that view of Quabbin was amazing! – Nancy

Thanks to the leaders for leading this hike - what beautiful snow-covered scenery and that view of Quabbin was amazing! – Nancy

Sometimes, in the winter, our "hiking" trips suddenly become "snowshoeing" or "cross-country skiing" trips. Such is life in New England!
We're always looking for trip leaders, especially those with new ideas for trails to hike. If you're interested, please contact our Hiking Chair.

Joining a Hike

Please read the AMC Trip Policy (PDF) before joining a trip.
Be sure to bring lunch and liquids, bug repellant and sunscreen, and clothing and footwear appropriate to the conditions. When car-pooling, please offer a contribution to the driver for fuel costs.
To find out more about a scheduled hike or to sign up, contact the leader, coordinator, or other person listed for that trip.

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Hoosac Range Trail

Location: North Adams, MA
Date: 25‑Jun‑2024
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Join us for a lesser known hike in the Northern Berkshires. We'll visit Sunset Rock and Spruce Hill which both offer open views of Greylock and surrounding mountains. This will be out and back with a total of approximately 6 miles with 850 ft. of elevation gain. Terrain is overall moderately challenging/ intermediate with a few steeper spots.
Bring snacks/lunch/water. Poles if you use them.

Holyoke's Historic Canals & Dam

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 25‑Jun‑2024
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Join the park interpreter for a 2-hour walk along Holyoke's canal system. We explore history, engineering prowess, mill operation and the power of water as we walk along parts of the first and second level canals of this fascinating planned industrial city. Distance: 2.0 miles.
Meet at the Visitor Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Nice & Easy Canal Walk

Location: Holyoke Heritage State Park, MA
Date: 26‑Jun‑2024
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Come join the park interpreter for a leisurely walk along the canals of Holyoke. Each week's walk features a different route and informal interpretation on topics such as canal trivia, fish, waterfowl, invasive plants, or notable trees.
This walk is geared especially for seniors but welcomes LGBTQIA+ community, families and everyone. Meet at the Visitor Center of Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather. Severe weather cancels.

Mittineague Park by the Westfield River

Location: West Springfield, MA
Date: 02‑Jul‑2024
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Come join us for a beautiful hike at Mittineague Park in West Springfield. Until our new Leader- in-Training introduced me to the park I had no idea of all its wonderful trails as well as the adjacent town owned forest trails! If we are lucky, we will see the resident bald eagle! The hike takes us over paved surfaces to begin, through pine woodlands and finally on a wonderful trail along the Westfield River. We get so close to the river, we can dip our toes in! The trails has a few ups and downs but is mostly flat with an overall elevation change of 300 feet. The hike is approximately 4 miles long.
It is suggested that you wear long pants for the hike as we will be walking through some weeds, tall grass and brush near the river part of the hike. If you feel more comfortable in short pants, that is fine, just be aware your legs may get scratched. Wear closed-toed shoes to protect your feet from sticks and muddy areas. Bring water, a snack and /or lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. If you use poles, bring them.
As an option, if the timing works, we will have a snack on the hike and then return to the main part of the park, with its bathroom and shaded picnic tables, for lunch. The picnic tables are next to the community gardens so we can check out what is growing.

Harvey Mountain State Forest

Location: Austerlitz, NY
Date: 09‑Jul‑2024
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Just over the border from West Stockbridge, MA we will hike to the summit of Harvey Mt. It is a steady climb of about 3.2 mi to the summit where you will enjoy views south (southern Taconic range), west and north.
Just over the border from West Stockbridge, MA we will hike to the summit of Harvey Mt. It is a steady climb of about 3.2 mi to the summit where you will enjoy views south (southern Taconic range), west and north. There's even a wooden bench at the summit where we can enjoy our lunch. As an added bonus, the mountain is blanketed in low blueberry bushes (maybe they'll be ripe). We will continue on the loop downhill and back to our cars enjoying the lush woods along the way. Total hike is around 6 miles with ~1000' elevation gain.

Berkshire Hikes: Alford Springs

Location: Stockbridge, MA
Date: 13‑Jul‑2024
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Intermediate 7-8 mile hike at BRNC property Alford Springs in West Stockbridge. Mostly moderate terrain with some steeper sections.
BRNC Alford Springs description: the reserve, named for feeder streams of Alford Brook and the Green River, offers vistas of Greylock and Tom Ball mountains and Alford Valley.

Ashfield and the DAR

Location: Ashfield, NY
Date: 16‑Jul‑2024 ➢ 09‑Jul‑2024
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Relatively easy 4 mile hike. We will start outside of the DAR and hike into it and around it. There is a nice beaver dam to observe. Proper footwear and clothing is required. And of course, bring plenty of water. When the hike ends, there is opportunity for you to continue hiking on your own on a nice trail if you want more.

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check activities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.

ExCom Opportunities

Click or tap on the Volunteer links to learn more, check availability, and/or sign up for opportunities.

Hiking Chair

Date: ongoing
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The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. A love of the outdoors and excellent organizational skills are a key fit for this position.
The volunteer role of the Hiking Chair is to support leaders in offering a variety of hikes to AMC members and other participants, with a safe, fun, inclusive, and welcoming approach. The one-year term starts November 1. The Hiking Chair works with trip leaders to:
  • Schedule hikes
  • Encourage interested hikers to become leaders
  • Assist interested people in signing up for Leadership Training
  • Participates in Leadership Training
  • Assist Leaders-in-Training to find mentors for co-leads
  • Encourage leaders to lead hikes of varying levels of difficulty year-round
  • Assist new or existing leaders with posting hikes on the AMC website as needed
  • Answer leader's questions regarding AMC or Western MA chapter policies, referring to pertinent documents online at amc-wma.org, and
  • Hold informational and social gatherings with leaders from time to time, as necessary.
The Hiking Chair serves on the Western MA Chapter Executive Committee and:
  • Attends monthly Executive Committee meetings
  • Submits monthly reports to the Executive Committee, and
  • Sets up an annual budget for hiking and stays within the budget.
The Hiking Chair may also:
  • Enlist other AMC members to serve on the Hiking Committee to assist with its activities
  • Serve as a resource for the Tuesday Hiking group, which has their own coordinators and emailers to promote and publicize hikes, and
  • Organize hiker training programs (such as winter hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, etc.).
AMC's 12 chapters, run by volunteer Executive Committees, support the organization's mission on the ground by leading trips, offering outdoor skills and leadership training courses, and creating opportunities for conservation action and stewardship at the local level. These dedicated volunteers help activate their communities, often launching people on a path toward greater engagement with AMC's mission of protecting and enjoying the outdoors.
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