Monday, March 11, 2019


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report


TRIP DATE:      February 28, 2019                              
TRIP LOCATION:          Blue Hills: Ponkapog Pond      
MEETING TIME:          9:45 am           
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):9
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       2.75 hours
LENGTH IN MILES:       Approximately 5.08 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    Minimal
DIFFICULTY:          B-C                        (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Ken Cohen
CO-LEADER NAME(S):NA
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:     Golf course parking lot
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: Maple Ave, Green dot trail, Ponkapog trail
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Clouds to sun
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) 


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report


TRIP DATE:      January 17, 2019                                
TRIP LOCATION:          Borderland State Park, Easton           
MEETING TIME:          10:00 am         
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):34
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       3.0 hours
LENGTH IN MILES:       Approximately 5 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    Minimal
DIFFICULTY:          D                        (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Rachael Thibeault
CO-LEADER NAME(S):NA
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:     Park parking lot
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: Hike was over easy flat trails that are well maintained by the DCR.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, clear day—Overcast with soft drizzle/rain
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) 16 people did a tour of the Ames mansion which is located on the property.

Friday, February 15, 2019


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE:      February 7, 2019                                
TRIP LOCATION:          Bradley Lessa Park, Stoughton           
MEETING TIME:          10:00 am         
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):14
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       3.0 hours
LENGTH IN MILES:       Approximately 6.5 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    Minimal
DIFFICULTY:          C                        (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Rachael Thibeault
CO-LEADER NAME(S):NA
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:     Park parking lot
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: Wet, muddy trails. Small stream crossings.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, clear day—Overcast with soft drizzle/rain
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report  Whiteline 2-12-19 Red Dot/Big Blue Loop from Trailside Museum

TRIP DATE:      February 12, 2019
TRIP LOCATION: MEETING TIME: 9:45am for 10:00am startBlue Hills, Ski slope parking closest to trailside museum at start/end of red dot trails. 1904Canton Ave., Milton.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):            28
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       3.5
LENGTH IN MILES:       4.2
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    951
DIFFICULTY:            B                       (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Claire MacDonald 
CO-LEADER NAME(S):Craig MacDonald, Cathy MacCurtain, Paul Brookes, Pam Johnson
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Close to Trailside Museum, ski slope parking
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: Ski-slope side of Trailside Museum, up red dot to Skyline, i/o between red dots on Skyline, to Weather Station, to 1030, back to 1066, down to 1083, up/down Brookwood Trail to 1062, R at Accord Path to 1003, down to 1001 and back and up to 1003, up Skyline to Eliot Circle, L at 1030 to 1055, L back down red dot to just below (West) Summit Rd., i/o of small path between 2 red dot trails (also did i/o small trail between red dots on way up to east of road but not on map) and back down to parking. Mostly dry ground with patchy ice, not requiring microspikes. 
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: 
Cold/damp 20's to low 30's. Overcast with snow expected. Started light snow as we descended last red dot trail, heavier by the time we reached parking lot.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) None
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.   No incidents despite rugged terrain.

Sunday, February 10, 2019



AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE:  1/29/2019                                   
TRIP LOCATION:  White Line - Blue Hills                     
MEETING TIME: 9:45am for a 10:00am start            
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):28        
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3.5 
LENGTH IN MILES: 6.1
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):  300
DIFFICULTY:  C                                   (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Craig MacDonald  
CO-LEADER NAME(S):Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Pam Johnson
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:  180 Wood Rd, Braintree, MA    
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?: No                        TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: na
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?  No       
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED: Wood Path, Wampatuck Path, Skyline, Squamaug Path, Curve Path, Laurel Path, and return by several interconnecting un-named trails.  Mostly frozen/thawing ground with little ice or mud made hiking enjoyable.

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: low 30s and overcast
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Toward end of the hike, three hikers became separated from the group because of a miscommunication about an in-and-out trail.  Their absence was reported by the sweep and they were directly located and led to the trailhead.


AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE:      February 2, 2019                                
TRIP LOCATION:          Wompatuck State Park           
MEETING TIME:          9:45 am           
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):7 (plus 3 dogs)
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       2.5 hours
LENGTH IN MILES:       Approximately 5.75 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    Minimal
DIFFICULTY:          C                        (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Sue Svelnis
CO-LEADER NAME(S):NA
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:     Park Headquarters parking lot
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: Wooded trail west of Union Street to Prospect Street
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, clear day—25-30 degrees
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) 

Thursday, January 24, 2019




AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE:      January 22, 2019                                
TRIP LOCATION:          Blue Hills- Chickatawbut Overlook Lower Trails         
MEETING TIME: 9:45am for a 10:00am start            
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):            23
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):       3.5 hours
LENGTH IN MILES:       5.4
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):    
DIFFICULTY:         C                          (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):       Claire MacDonald
CO-LEADER NAME(S):Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Craig MacDonald, Pam Johnson, 
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:     Chickatawbut Overlook Parking, both sides of street. 
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:
Took trails North of street, including Headquarters Path, part of Sawcut Notch Path to 4042 then back to green dot and in and out the lower trails, finishing across the street at 4052 to yellow dot to Tower and back to parking lot.  Trails were crusty snow with icy spots, low hills.  Leader required microspikes and all participants were compliant. Stopped briefly for lunch.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Bright, sunny but cold, 10-25 degrees but no wind.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
Leader chose hike, pre-hiked, altered for conditions, sent out notices, updates and map of area hiked for all attendees. Assisted by Paul Brookes where map inaccurate/confusing.
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.      No incidents.