Berkshire Delight. Our annual Hiking Week is a club tradition that began with yearly trips to the Berkshires in northern Massachusetts, and then branched out to other destinations. We've been to the Catskills, the Delaware Water Gap, Shenendoah and Acadia National Parks and elsewhere, and we decided that it was time to return to the Berkshires for our 2017 Hiking Week. Thirty-nine people joined us in Williamstown, MA in May of last year. We hiked to the summit of Mount Greylock, explored sections of the Appalachian Trail near Dalton and Cheshire, visited local trails and preserves including the Hopkins Memorial Forest, Field Farm, the Pine Cobble and Natural Bridge State Park, and ventured further afield to climb Mt. Equinox in Manchester, VT and check out the trails and sculptures at the Southern Vermont Art Center. There was good food, good hiking and good friendship, and now that we're back we're planning our 2018 trip - this time to the Adirondacks!
WTA Welcomes its New Members: Susan Andrews, Kim Asch, Michel Cornec, Joanne Davies, Elsa Delille, Karen Grottalio, Sheila Klatzky, Nalini Juthani, Virendra Juthani, Jim McEvoy, Adeline Natiello, Joan Nissen, Pat Richards, Eileen Sharaga, Alexandra Tory.
And Welcome Back: Lisa Marciano and Laura Newman.
Have a most enjoyable summer. See you on the trail!
Join WTA in completing the Westchester 100, a project inspired by the publication of the "Walkable Westchester" book written by WTA members Jane and Walt Daniels.
When the first edition of the book was published, we compiled a list of 100 local hiking areas and trails and have been sponsoring guided hikes to these locations since the fall of 2009. The book has been an invaluable resource for hiking in our home county, describing over 180 parks and about 600 miles of trail. The second edition, which came out in April of 2014, added another 26 places to walk or hike and 42 more miles of trail to its inventory. To incorporate the updates contained in the second edition, we revised our Westchester 100 List, which now includes several of the newly referenced locations.
To see our updated Westchester 100 list, please click here. We invite you to join us in exploring the many places to walk or hike that Westchester County has to offer.
Westchester Trails Association
It’s Worth Quoting. “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau
Spring Hiking Tips. Be aware of seasonal conditions - spring rain means muddy trails and swollen streams. Give your boots a good waterproof treatment, and consider wearing gaiters. To avoid eroding muddy trails, look for established routes in sunny areas, on rocky surfaces, or with well-drained soils. If you find yourself on a muddy stretch of trail, don’t walk off-trail to avoid it - that will only increase erosion. Use common sense when encountering a swollen stream. Poles or sticks will help with balance, and wet feet can easily be tended to with a fresh pair of socks, but fast running water can also be dangerous. If you don’t feel that you can safely cross a stream, turn back.