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Evan Chartier
Weekend Hikes in Mass? on 05/15/2013 23:25:45 MDT Print View

Hey there! Spending the summer in Boston, originally from Chicago. Looking for some good overnight/weekend hikes near the Boston area, especially ones that are accessible by train or bus, but also ones which are not. So far I have found only the Harold Parker State Forest- Can I camp anywhere in the forest?

Any ideas would be great! Thanks!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Weekend Hikes in Mass? on 05/16/2013 08:25:34 MDT Print View


The Appalachian Trail goes through Massachusetts. Not sure how far from Boston or transportation logistics. I was on a section near Springfield last month, very nice territory.

Greg Pehrson
(GregPehrson) - MLife

Locale: playa del caballo blanco
Re: Re: Weekend Hikes in Mass? on 05/16/2013 08:39:17 MDT Print View

Evan, welcome to MA!

There is a an Appalachian Mountain Club group that hikes every Thursday evening in Blue Hills in Milton, just south of Dorchester and accessible by public transit (train then bus, or train and bike). There's over 200 miles of (official) trails to explore in Blue Hills, and this group hikes them all. They're easy 2-hour hikes but the best part is connecting to a community of hikers in the area (a number of whom have done thru-hikes or are planning them) with great info and a desire to do trips. Most are traditional backpackers and bring traditional equipment on these short hikes for conditioning, but I've met several ULers...including a guy who makes his own incredible backpacks and a gray haired guy who hikes with an umbrella who goes by the name "Ray".... :)
PM me and I can put you in touch with them if you're interested.


Evan Chartier
Mass Hikes on 05/16/2013 08:49:08 MDT Print View

Nick: Thank you for the info- I am looking into how I can get over to the AT this summer for a few days. Hopefully I can make it happen even though its a few hours away by bus/train because it sounds like a great opportunity for a multi day hike.

Greg: I will most certainly PM you about that! Thank you