Tuesday, January 16, 2018

WLBH Jan 16, 2016 Chickatawbut

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 1-16-2018
TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills
MEETING TIME: 10:00 am
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 15
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3 hrs 20 mins
LENGTH IN MILES: 4.09 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 353 feet
DIFFICULTY: C (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Cathy MacCurtain, Paul Brookes, Len Ulbright
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Parking lot at corner of RT28 and Chickatawbut Rd
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:
All the trails were clear of snow and we did not hike with microspikes as most of the trail was dry ground.  There were, however, occasional patches of ice that we would call out to the group.  Ken Cohen slipped on one patch and fell hard on his left shoulder, he did not hit his head and there were no other injuries. I offered to walk him out, but he wanted to continue the hike.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: cloudy, dry, clear, low 30’s
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

WLBH Jan 9, 2018 Field Path

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 1-9-2018
TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills
MEETING TIME: 10:00 am
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 21
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3 hrs 18 mins
LENGTH IN MILES: 3.99 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 295 feet
DIFFICULTY: B (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Pat Achorn, Len Ulbright, Dexter Robinson
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Street parking at end of Royal St.
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:
About 12” of lovely soft snow. Some of the group used snow-shoes and rotated through who was breaking snow (caterpillar). The day was beautiful, sunny, not too cold and everyone had a good time. This section of the reservation is less travelled and more isolated which made for nice snow. Our lunch stop was at a frozen pond off a private road.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, dry, clear, low 30’s
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

WLBH, Great Cedar Swamp, Jan 2, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 1-2-2018
TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills
MEETING TIME: 10:00 am
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 18
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3 hrs mins
LENGTH IN MILES: 5.4 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 317 feet
DIFFICULTY: C (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Len Ulbright, Dexter Robinson
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: RT 28 pull-offs
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 around Great Cedar Swamp. We planned to not stop for lunch due to concern for people getting cold when not walking. Instead we let the group know to graze snacks as we hiked the trail. This worked well, helped folks stay warm and a couple of people mentioned that they would prefer this approach even when not as cold.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, 15oF with no wind
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

WLBH Dec 26, 2017 Tucker Hill

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 12-26- 2017
TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills
MEETING TIME: 10:00 am
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 25
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3 hrs 36 mins
LENGTH IN MILES: 5.4 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 300 feet
DIFFICULTY: C (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S): Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Len Ulbright, Peggy Qvicklund
CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Houghtons Pond
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 Houghton’s Pond to the pebble stone conglomerate on old RT28, then started ascent to
the top of Tucker Hill where we had lunch. Returned via Athol Path. Some patches icy and
covered with 1in of fluffy snow. Most of group chose to wear microspikes. Everyone seemed
to be enjoying themselves and having a good time.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, mid 20’s, mid-teens with Windchill
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other

Friday, November 17, 2017

Introduction to Hiking #4 Blue Hills


 AMC SEM Hike Reports 




AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE: 11/4/17

TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills – Shea Rink

MEETING TIME: 8:15am

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 8

TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 3.25

LENGTH IN MILES: 4.1

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 885 ft

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

LEADER NAME(S): Pat Achorn
CO-LEADER NAME(S): Wendy Fox

TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Houghton’s Pond

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: Red dot and skyline trails; roots, rocks, ruts.  Leaf cover and rock face decents

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: sunny and cool

Friday, November 3, 2017

Introduction to Hiking #3 - Blue Hills 10-21-17

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE: 10/21/2017

TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills Reservation

MEETING TIME: 8:15am

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 9

TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 2 1/2

LENGTH IN MILES: 3.5

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 1046

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

LEADER NAME(S): Pat Achorn

CO-LEADER NAME(S): Wendy Fox

TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: parking lot north of Trail Side Museum

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: Wolcott
Path to Hemingway Hill and back Border Path; roots, rocks and ruts

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blue Hills Skyline Hike 10-12-17

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE:     October 12, 2017
                                   
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills, Milton, MA    
           
MEETING TIME:    10:00 am
                
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):      13 
             
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):   3 hrs

LENGTH IN MILES:  4.25 mi.
  
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): ?

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

LEADER NAME(S):   Ken Cohen
  
CO-LEADER NAME(S):   Walt Granda
        
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Across from Park Headquarters

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: Skyline Loop - North Skyline from Headquarters to Eliot Tower. Return via South Skyline.

WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Perfect!

OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) Visited weather observatory under blue skies and cool temps.

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