Friday, April 13, 2018

RLBH, April 12, 2018, Houghton's Pond

AMC SEM POST-HIKE TRIP REPORT
TRIP DATE:         April 12, 2018
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation   
WAS TRIP CANCELLED: Yes
MEETING TIME:  5:45 PM
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 33
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS)  1hr 16 min
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 0   
DIFFICULTY:        C        (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S)Joe Keogh,
CO-LEADER NAME(S):Barry Young, Maureen Kelly, Bill Cannon, Bob Vogel
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:RT Houghton’s Pond Recreation Area
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:    no TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS:
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?      No
IF YES TO ABOVE, DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Overcast, slight drizzle, damp and breezy.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.) First hike of the 13th season of RLBH
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

WLBH, West Street Triangle, March 20, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 03-20-2018               
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation – West Street
MEETING TIME:     10 am   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):    19
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    1 hour 30 mins
LENGTH IN MILES:     1.97 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 20 feet
DIFFICULTY:            D (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):     Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Len Ulbright
CO-LEADER NAME(S):   
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    West st. parking lot
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:
This was the last hike of the series, a short half hike followed by an end of series luncheon at the Hillside pub.  At the luncheon Bob Jabaily was presented with his white-lining patch (he completed all the trails during this single season).  Also, a prize created by Cathy was awarded to Pam Johnson as wearing the best St. Paddys day outfit. Nichole joined us for the last hike bravely showing she had not been put off by her fall earlier in the season.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, low 30’s.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

WLBH March 12, 2018, Green Dot Trail

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 03-12-2018               
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation – Shea Ice Rink
MEETING TIME:     10 am   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):    6
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    3 hours 15 mins
LENGTH IN MILES:     5.26 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 70 feet
DIFFICULTY:            D (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):     Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain
CO-LEADER NAME(S):   
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    Shea Memorial Rink, Quincy
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:
On Sunday night we moved the hike from Tuesday to Monday due to the Nor'easter arriving later in the day.  Most people could not make the new day but appreciated us not simply cancelling the hike. We hiked the green dot trail that is accessible from Shea Ice Rink.  
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny turning cloudy, low 30’s.
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WLBH, Hancock Hill, February 20, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 02-20-2018               
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation –Hancock Hill
MEETING TIME:     10 am   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):    22
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    3 hours 15 mins
LENGTH IN MILES:     3.8 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 339 feet
DIFFICULTY:            B                      (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):     Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Pat Achorn, Len Ulbright
CO-LEADER NAME(S):   
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    Unquity Rd, parking pull-off
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:
We hiked to the top of Hancock hill, then headed over to Hemenway Hill via Breakneck and Hill path where we had lunch on the rocks looking out to Great Blue.  After lunch we came down Hemenway to the green dot trail and then over to the Jefferies path where we descended to our cars.  
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Clear, Sunny, dry, 60oF!
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

WLBH, Little Blue Hill, February 13, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 02-13-2018               
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills Reservation – Little Blue Hill
MEETING TIME:     10 am   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):    18
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    3 hours 11 mins
LENGTH IN MILES:     4.8 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 270 feet
DIFFICULTY:            D                       (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):     Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Pat Achorn
CO-LEADER NAME(S):   
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    RT 138 Park N Ride in Canton
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:
A lovely hike in Little Blue Hill on a cloudless sky.  The trails were ice-free, and the ground was starting to soften after the freeze of prior weeks.  We partook in a long lunch on a grassy bank at the end of Royal Street, enjoying the feel of the sun on our backs.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Sunny, dry, mid 20’s
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.

Monday, February 12, 2018

WLBH, Ponkapoag Pond, Feb 6, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report

TRIP DATE: 2-6-2018 

TRIP LOCATION: Blue Hills 

MEETING TIME: 10:00 am 

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS): 26

TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS): 2 hrs 20 mins

LENGTH IN MILES: 3.45 miles

TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET): 150 feet

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

LEADER NAME(S): Cathy MacCurtain, Paul Brookes, Pat Achorn

CO-LEADER NAME(S): N/A

TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION: Parking at the end of the RT93 exit 3 ramp

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:
We hiked trails in the northern part of Ponkapog pond including the boardwalk that goes over the floating vegetation bog on the pond. The boardwalk was frozen and stunningly beautiful. The group took many pictures which were shared:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

WLBH Unquity Rd, January 30, 2018

AMC SEM Post-Hike Trip Report
TRIP DATE: 1-30-2018               
TRIP LOCATION:    Blue Hills   
MEETING TIME:     10:00 am   
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING LEADERS):    6
TOTAL HIKING TIME (IN HOURS):    3 hrs  27 mins
LENGTH IN MILES:     5.47 miles
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN (IN FEET):     418 feet
DIFFICULTY:            B                       (A=very strenuous; B=strenuous; C=average; D=easy)
LEADER NAME(S):     Paul Brookes, Cathy MacCurtain, Len Ulbright
CO-LEADER NAME(S):    N/A
TRAILHEAD PARKING LOCATION & DESCRIPTION:    Spotted cars at intersection 1217 across from the field and at the northern end of Unquity Rd.
CAR SPOTTING REQUIRED?:        Yes                 TIME REQUIRED TO SPOT CARS: 10 mins
WAS TRIP WITHIN WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST?      No
BRIEFLY DESCRIBE SPECIFIC TRAILS HIKED AND TRAIL CONDITIONS ENCOUNTERED:
5 inches of fresh snow, enough to hide the rocks but not cover them which made for slow going, still it was no problem, we all had a good time and enjoyed hiking in virgin snow.
WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR HIKE: Overcast, mid 20’s    
OTHER COMMENTS (problems, views, terrain, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Contact Hike Committee Chair ASAP with any medical emergencies or other serious incidents.