GMC Worcester – Outings

  • Hike God’s Acre and Tetasset Ridge in Worcester

      10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Tetasset Ridge Trailhead, Esper Ave, Worcester, MA

    Saturday,November 19, 2022. Hike God’s Acre and TetassetRidge in Worcester. This is a Greater Worcester Land Trust (GWLT) hike led byRebecca Bergman and Mike Peckar, Board Members of the GWLT. This is a moderateloop hike. The hike starts at 10:00 AM. Meet at Tetasset Ridge Esper Ave.Trailhead on Esper Avenue in Worcester. 

    Tetaset Ridge includes the propertyknown as “God’s Acre,” which offers a vast scenic vista across Worcester. Toreach the overlook you’ll pass through a corridor of paper birches and mountainlaurel. At the base of this steep hill is Deed Rock, where you can find SolomonParson’s deed of the land to God in 1840. Tetasset Ridge also connects theFowler Brook Gorge, which features a stream-cut ravine.

  • Tully Mountain Hike - Orange MA

      9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    The Country Store, 2 N Main St, Petersham, MA 01366, USA

    Saturday,November 26, 2022. Hike Tully Mountain in Orange,MA. The hike follows the Mountain Road Route Trail, which is approximately 1.6miles as a loop and should be considered as moderate to difficult. The loopoffers a steep ascent (0.5 miles) or a gradual ascent (1.25 miles). 

    The summitis a beautiful eastern facing rocky outcrop. From here you can get abreathtaking view of Mount Monadnock, 16 miles north, and to the southeast, 22miles away, lies Mt. Wachusett. We will meet for the hike at 9:30 AM at theCountry Store in Petersham, and from Petersham drive to the mountain. 

    Toregister for the hike call Gary Brigham at 508-471-7867 or email him at gbrighammt@aol.com. You may also callMargos Stone at 508-826-6842 or email him at mstone12242@charter.net to register.Remember to wear orange as it is hunting season.

  • Assabet River Paddle from Northboro to Hudson


    Saturday,December 3. 2022. Paddle the Assabet River fromNorthboro to Hudson. Beginning near the Northborough-Marlborough boundary andending behind the fire station in Hudson, this run is about 5 river miles. Wewill expect to be back to the Holden/Worcester area about 4:00 PM. The rivertwists and turns through a scenic valley where one may see ducks, red tailedhawks, deer, etc. There are signs of beaver activity along the way. There are severalplaces where paddlers need to maneuver around fallen trees or other minorobstacles. Sometimes, depending on the weather, we may encounter ice in theplaces where there is little current. We generally carry on with the tripunless there is bitter cold weather, winds above 20 miles per hour, or a heavyall day rain or snow.   

    Lunch is on asmall island part way down the river. Participants are asked to bring theirlunch and water bottle, rain gear, and a change of clothes in a waterproofcontainer in case of a capsize. Everyone will be expected to wear a pfd (lifevest). Participants are required to sign the Appalachian Mountain Club’s“Waiver of Liability” before beginning participation in any AMC activities.

    Youdo not have to be a member of the AMC to participate on this trip. Call leaderDavid Miller at 508-853-8964 or email him at sentierdeau@gmail.comto register for the trip.
    A few loaner boats are available at a nominal charge. Inform the leader of yourneed to borrow, and after being accepted for the event contact AMCPaddle@gmail.com
    (cc’ing the leader) with your request.


    Covid 19 Information: As of December 1, 2021 AMC requires volunteers bevaccinated or receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the start of theevent. AMC relies on the honor system for compliance. Participants may berequired to wear masks, provide proof of vaccination, or in the alternative acurrent (within 72 hours) negative PCR test as a condition of attending thisevent. For your personal safety, you should expect to be in the presence ofvaccinated and unvaccinated people in the AMC settings and should make choicesabout participating accordingly.

  • Hike Kettle Brook - Worcester (GWLT)

      12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    230 Stafford St. Worcester MA

    Saturday, December 17, 2022. Hike Kettle Brookin Worcester. Kettle Brook is a property of the Greater Worcester Land Trust (GWLT).The hike will be led by Mike Peckar , who is a Board Member of the GWLT andalso a GMC Worcester Section Director. The hike will meet at noon at the WorcesterAcademy playing fields parking lot at 230 Stafford Street in Worcester. Thiswill be a moderate linear hike. Kettle Brook runs through woods bordering WorcesterAcademy’s athletic fields. There is a dramatic rocky gorge and the remnants ofa stone dam along the brook.

     

  • Hike Midstate Trail from Sibley Farm - Spencer

      9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Sibley Farm, 131 Greenville St., Spencer, MA

    Saturday, December 31, 2022. Hike the MidstateTrail from Sibley Farm in Spencer to Route 9 in Spencer. This is a moderate 3-mile linear hike. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the Sibley Farm, which is locatedat 131 Greenville Street in Spencer. We will shuttle cars to Route 9 in Spenceropposite the Spencer Inn to begin our hike. Face masks will be required to beworn during the shuttle. 
     
    Sibley Farm and its fields, forests and wetlands weresaved from development in 2012. Volunteers have worked hard to restore the landand the trail system can now be used for hiking, horseback riding andsnowmobiling. The Midstate Trail goes through Mass Audubon lands so dogs arenot allowed on this section of the trail. To register for the hike, or for moreinformation, call Margos Stone at 508-826-6842, or email him at mstone12242@charter.net. Remember to wear orangebecause it is still hunting season.