Trails Club Walks, Frequently
I need to be a member to come on a walk?
answer: No! The Club leads these walks as a service to the community,
to introduce folks to the trails we have in town. Everyone is welcome
to come along. This is somewhat complicated to answer because the
Trails Club doesn’t really have members per se. The closest
thing we have to “members” is a small group of
folks who organize/lead the Club’s activities (walks,
long/tough are the walks? Do I need to be an experienced hiker?
- We purposefully call them walks, not hikes. If you can walk, you can walk with us. Typically,
they're about 2 miles long and last 1.5-2 hours. We take our
time, stop to talk about the land or trail, and make sure no one gets
left behind. The walks are usually mildly to moderately strenuous. If
the route is expected to be tougher, we’ll mention that in
are the walks?
- The majority of our walks are on
trails within Hopkinton. There are more than 30
trail systems in Hopkinton
(and new ones added regularly), and we love to show them off. We want
to help people get to know about the wealth of paths and open spaces we
have in town.
happens if the weather is bad?
the weather is REALLY bad (thunderstorms, blizzards, tornados),
we’ll still go on the walks. We figure people can handle a
little foul weather. If we do need to cancel or postpone a walk,
we’ll post notices (webpage, Facebook, Twitter) and will send
out an email. If there's no notice, the walk is on!
do I find out about upcoming walks?
- The Events page on the website always has the most current info, and we also create Events
on our Facebook page for each activity. If you'd rather have the information pushed to you, subscribe
to our email list. We generally send out one email
each month with info about upcoming activities.
I suggest a walk?
us an email with your suggestion or talk to us during one of
our events. If you’d like, you could even help lead the walk!
do I need to wear/bring for a walk?
comfortable footwear is the primary need. You can get away with
sneakers on most trails, but trail runners or light hiking boots are
also good. The trails can be a mix of dirt, rock, mud, and running
water. Many participants bring hiking poles as well, to help with
stability and balance. And of course, dress for the weather, whether it
be snow, rain, or heat.
I bring my dog/kids?
We’ve had walks with as many dogs as people. Dogs must be
leashed, and bring bags to clean up any messes. If a walk is held
someplace where dogs aren’t allowed (the Waseeka Audubon
sanctuary, for example), that will be noted in the event description.
As for kids, also yes. We love the perspective they bring to our walks.