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Our Outings Committee organizes general, non-technical events such as hiking, road and rail trail biking, cross-country skiing, and backpacking trips.

We have a very active list of hiking trips. Most of the year, at least two or three hikes are scheduled each week. Most hikes are on weekends, but we do have a tradition of Tuesday Hiking trips as well.

Check out the schedule! Also, read our page on joining a hiking trip. Sometimes, in the winter, our "hiking" trips suddenly become "snowshoeing" or "cross-country skiing" trips. Such is life in New England…

We're always looking for new trip leaders, especially those with new ideas for trails to hike. If you're interested, please contact our Outings Chair.

Outings Chair: Kathy Martin, reachable via hiking@amcberkshire.org

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Berkshire Bash 2019 - Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Berkshire Bash, the Berkshire Chapter's annual dinner meeting!

Hadley Farms Meeting House - 1 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

The $20 admission fee includes a three-course buffet dinner, a short business meeting with the election of our officers for the coming year, and a speaker. During the program we will present Club and Chapter highlights along with the annual "Appie of the Year" award--the Chapter's most prestigious volunteer service award. Meet the Chapter Executive Committee and trip leaders representing all our activities.

Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Berkshire Chapter Mourns Karen Daniels

Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels

The AMC Berkshire Chapter mourns the passing of Karen L. (Blackburn) Daniels. Karen was one of our finest hike leaders and a much loved member of our Tuesday hiking group, Karen passed away on Friday, August 23. We will miss Karen's kindness, her quiet leadership, her generous sharing of knowledge of the natural world and especially her friendship.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on September 4 at the Colonel Forestiere Funeral home in Agawam.

Follow this link for further details.

Leave No Trace Workshop at Stanley Park, Westfield MA

Do you enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about how to protect the outdoor places you love? Join us for a Leave No Trace Workshop, led by the Appalachian Mountain Club, focusing on fostering stewardship through our own practices in the outdoors. We will spend an hour hiking on the beautiful trails in Stanley Park, periodically stopping along the way to discuss the 7 principals of Leave No Trace. This is an interactive course, with users encouraged to bring fresh perspectives and questions for conversation surrounding sustainable habits in the outdoors.

Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Gathers for a Cool Celebration on a Hot Day

Through-hikers chow down
Adam Morris, MA DCR Beartown Park Supervisor, Deb Phillips and Christina Ward, AT Trail Day Co-Chairs
(Left to Right) Jim Pelletier, Past Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee and Adam Brown, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Trails Resource Manager, New England; with Cosmo Catalano, Chair of the MA Appalachian Trail Management Committee in background heroically grilling on a very hot day
A trio of our through-hiker guests
Through hikers
Through hiker

It was a very hot day, but that did not deter locals and through-hikers from gathering to celebrate Great Barrington’s connection with the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, July 20, at Beartown State Forest. The 7th Annual Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community Day included trail maintenance at Glen Brook and Hemlocks overnight sites in Mount Everett State Reservation and a guided wildflower walk around Benedict Pond led by Judy Schumer. A longer hike was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter- June 2019

Check out the latest issue of the Berkshire Appalachian Trail Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Recent Volunteer Days
  • Volunteer Spotlight
  • Cooridor Monitoring
  • Upcoming Events
  • Hours Report
  • Contact Us

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