2016 Season

Our walks celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Berkshire/Taconic landscape. The walks are offered from spring through fall, and we explore the diversity of our natural communities through the seasons. This is our 10th season! We welcome everyone!

jugendSun 5/8 – Bartholomew’s Cobble, Ashley Falls.

Sun 6/26 – Olivia’s Overlook Trails a la Gillespie, Stockbridge.

Sun 7/24 – 7th Annual Appalachian Trail à la Downing (a treasured UUMSB tradition!), Monterey. Start at Dianna and Dennis’ place, hike the AT, come back for a BYO Everything (except for the grill) Barbecue / Pot Luck. Or just come for the barbecue somewhere around 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Sun 8/28 – Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham. Beautiful pastures, then woods and eventually the summit of Tyringham Cobble, with great views of the town and valley below. (Note: we’ll start at Trustees parking lot, not the AT).
Sun 9/25 – Hurlburt’s Hill & (depending on interest) other trails in Bartholomew’s Cobble, a TTOR reservation, Ashley Falls. The view from Hurlburt’s Hill is spectacular; the walk an easy to moderate thirty to forty-five minutes. Then, if anyone is interested, we can explore some of the other trails along the Housatonic. TTOR has a $5 fee for adults, $1 for children 6-12, free for TTOR members.

Sun 10/23 – Berkshire Hatchery Trails, New Marlborough. This is our first hike here! Suggested by Chuck Pierce and John Farrell. Learn more hatchery trail system.

Sun 11/13 – Basin Pond Trail, Lee. The woods after leaf-fall. A walk through upland hardwoods and hemlock forest, boulder slopes, a lunch stop at an observation platform with beautiful view of the beaver pond and wetlands. This is our traditional place to end our walk season.

Meet: We leave after our 10:30 a.m. Sunday service from the church parking lot, at about 11:45 a.m. Maps & directions to the trailhead will be provided. Meeting time at trailhead depends on hike, from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Bring: Trail lunch or snacks, water, good shoes, enough layers for early and late season. Note: you should eat enough before leaving church to carry you into the first hour of the walk. Sometimes we eat at the trailhead, and will have a break halfway through for lunch or snacks.

Other: Walks are easy to moderate (if you are used to walking in trails with typical uneven footing), about 2-3 miles, 2-3½ hours. PLEASE NOTE: Ending times are hard to pinpoint.

Leader: Jose Garcia, 518-392-2163, jmgarcia01@gmail.com