Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RLBH April 20, 2017, Great Dome

AMC SEM POST-HIKE TRIP REPORT
TRIP DATE:         April 20, 2017   
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation   
WAS TRIP CANCELLED? (y/n):  No
MEETING TIME:     5:45 pm for a 6PM start   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):  33
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    1 hour, 55 minutes
LENGTH IN MILES:     4.56
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):     300
DIFFICULTY:        C                          (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Joe Keogh
CO-LEADER NAME(S): Walt Granda, Ritchie Monarch
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    Shea Rink Parking, Quincy
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:    no         TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: minutes
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?      No
IF YES TO ABOVE, DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: 50’s with a light breeze
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Nice evening hike, everyone moved along at a good rate. Overcast.
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Thursday Morning Hike - 4-13-2017 - Powisset Farm, Dover, MA


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE:     4-13-2017  
                            
TRIP LOCATION:         Powisset Farm, Dover, MA  
MEETING TIME: 10:00 AM 
               
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):         25    
   
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    3 hrs.
LENGTH IN MILES:  5.5 Miles   
       
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 150 ft.
DIFFICULTY:    C                               (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):      Hans Luwald
CO-LEADER NAME(S):            Debbie Lepore
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: 37 Powisset St. Dover, MA
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:     N                    TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS:
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?  N    
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE:
65 degrees, partly sunny
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
Somewhat rolling terrain with good trails through woods and fields.
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Monday, April 17, 2017

RLBH April 13, 2017 Donovan School

AMC SEM POST-HIKE TRIP REPORT
TRIP DATE:         April 13, 2017   
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation   
WAS TRIP CANCELLED? (y/n):  No
MEETING TIME:     5:45 PM for a 6 PM start   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):  33
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    1 hour, 57 minutes
LENGTH IN MILES:     3.64
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):     70
DIFFICULTY:        C                          (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Joe Keogh
CO-LEADER NAME(S): Walt Granda, Ritchie Monarch, Maureen Kelly
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    Donovan school, Reed st. Randolph
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:    no         TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: minutes
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?      No
IF YES TO ABOVE, DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: 50’s with a light breeze
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) First hike for the 2017 Season
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Thursday Morning Hike - 3-30-2017 - Bird St. Conservation, Stoughton


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE:     3-30-2017 
                             
TRIP LOCATION:         Bird St. Conservation Land, Stoughton, MA     
   
MEETING TIME: 10:00 AM      
          
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):         32     
  
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3 hrs.    
LENGTH IN MILES:     4.5 Hrs.
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 160 ft.
DIFFICULTY:   D                                (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):      Hans Luwald
CO-LEADER NAME(S):            Rachel Thibeault
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: West St. Stoughton, MA, dirt parking lot.
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:   N                      TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS:
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?  N    
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Excellent
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)

IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cape Hike 3-23-2017 - Four Ponds and Bourne Town Forest


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 3/23/2017  
                                            
TRIP LOCATION: Four Ponds and Bourne Town Forest, Bourne, MA        
       
MEETING TIME: 9:45 am 
                  
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):         17   
    
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 2

LENGTH IN MILES: 4.8    
      
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 

DIFFICULTY: C                                  (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Deborah Hayden and Robin McIntyre   
       
CO-LEADER NAME(S):    
       
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Parking lot of Weary Traveler's Club   
    
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?: no                        TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS:
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST? no   
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED: We hiked mountain bike trails and fire roads in the Bourne Town Forest and wooded pathways in the Four Ponds Bourne Conservation Area.  The trails were clear of snow/ice but many roots were encountered. There were several short bridges which were clear and no one had problems negotiating them. Debbie and Robin traded leader/sweep role during the hike.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Mid 20s to start with 34 degrees to finish, brisk NW wind 20 mph, sunny and blue skis.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Due to the wind chill, hikers walked along briskly and stayed together.  The wind was less problematic in the woods. We had beautiful views of the ponds with swans and ducks and emerging vegetation.  We shared some of the local history of the area.  No problems were encountered. 
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents. None

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thursday Morning Hike 3-09-2017 - Striar Conservancy and Taunton River WMA

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE: 03-09-2017

TRIP LOCATION: STRIAR CONSERVANCY, HALIFAX & TAUNTON RIVER WMA,
MIDDLEBORO, MA

MEETING TIME: 10:00 AM

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 19

TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 4

LENGTH IN MILES: 6.5

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): N/A

DIFFICULTY: D (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)

LEADER NAME(S): RICHARD CARNES
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A

TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Striar Conservancy Trail Head
parking off of Thompson Street (Rte 105) Halifax and Taunton R. WMA trailhead parking along
River Street in Middleboro. Group met at Oak Point Club House 200 Oak Point Drive in
Middleboro to car pool out to trail heads due to limited parking at both sites. (Less than 6
vehicles at each)

CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?: YES TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: 20 minutes

WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST? NO

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS
ENCOUNTERED:
Hiked trails in the Striar Conservancy in Halifax, which are out & back thru mostly dry areas
with several boardwalks near the Winnetuxet River. Side trails through Holly, Cedar, Pine and
Oak forests with many smaller ponds. Car pooled to River Street and hiked dry, out and back
trails in the Taunton R. WMA in Middleboro, next to the Taunton R. Again with several small
bridges to cross side brooks and creeks.

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny with temps in the 50's, 30 - 40 MPH winds.
Group was sheltered from the wind by the trees as most of the trails were wooded in both areas.

OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Lunch stop taken in cars at Striar
Conservancy due to high winds before driving to Middleboro. This hike crossed a recently
removed dam site to allow water to flow out of a bog reservoir no longer in use. Five hikers
opted out of the second area due to their own time restraints. Views of the Winnetuxet River and
water shed as well as along the Taunton River .

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Morning Hike - 3-02-2017 - Burrage Pond WMA

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE: 03-02-2017

TRIP LOCATION: BURRAGE POND WILD LIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
HANSON/HALIFAX, MA

MEETING TIME: 10:00 AM

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 13

TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3.5

LENGTH IN MILES: 6.1

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): N/A

DIFFICULTY: D (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)

LEADER NAME(S): RICHARD CARNES
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A

TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: 15 Hawks Ave. Hanson, Ma off of
Pleasant Street. Rough dirt road to trail head kiosk. Parking for 30 plus vehicles.

CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?: NO TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: N/A

WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST? NO

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS
ENCOUNTERED:
Hiked trails in the Burrage Pond WMA which are primarily dry, flat, sandy bog roads around
abandoned cranberry bogs. Side trails through Holly, Cedar, Pine and Oak forests with many
smaller ponds.

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny with temps in the upper 40's, 40 - 45 MPH
winds. Return hike to cars was extremely harsh due to strong head wind. (This is typically an
open windy area)

OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Lunch stop in sheltered area near Burrage
Pond. Many large Holly trees in bloom with red berries glowing in the mid-day winter sun.
Many migratory water fowl spotted in surrounding ponds. This was a large group of well
behaved adults enjoying a fine winter hike. Three hikers exited the group early and safely via
dirt roads to parking area due to extremely windy conditions.