This summer, I'm going to be leading some guided section hikes along the Walking City Trail. I'm thrilled to share the guided hike dates and the event signup page for the first of these hikes!
Sun 7/10 - Walking City Trail Section 1 Hike
Sat 7/23 - Walking City Trail Section 2 Hike
Sat 8/13 - Walking City Trail Section 3 Hike
Sat 8/27 - Walking City Trail Section 4 Hike
In the spirit of hiking, these guided hikes will be happening rain or shine! (Unless, you know, we're dealing with hurricanes or deadly heat waves.) We'll meet on a Saturday morning at the trailhead of the section we're going to hike, we'll commence the hike with plenty of stops for food, bathrooms, and checking out local oddities, and we'll finish hiking in the early afternoon.
Spots on each guided hike are offered through Eventbrite via a pay-what-you-want donation model. All of the proceeds will support the operating costs behind the trail website, as well as upcoming trail improvement projects such as a place-by-place guide to the green spaces visited along the Walking City Trail, a new section on bike access points, and more.
Here's the signup page for the Section 1 hike on Saturday July 10th!
Section 1 of the Walking City Trail is the longest and most rustic section of the Walking City Trail, so if lesser-known woodlands and waterways near Boston's southern border call out to you, do not miss this guided section hike! We'll rendezvous at the Capen Street MBTA trolley station before clomping into the nearby Neponset River Reservation forest on a hidden path to reach the Harvest River Bridge, where the Walking City Trail begins. The hike will be 7.6 miles long and our destination will be Adams Park in Roslindale Village, where plenty of restaurants await.
Nab your spot now, and watch your email for updates before the hike. I'll see you out there.
It's been one week since the Walking City Trail website launched and already, I've started receiving emails and texts from folks who've hiked sections of the trail or even knocked off the whole thing!
The first person to report finishing the entire trail in one go is a hiker by the name of Brett who sent me a message via the trail website over the weekend. Similar reports have rolled in from Twitter.
The trail has also been featured in two additional reported stories. First, Grecia White met up with me for an hike along Section 3 of the Walking City Trail and penned this story for streetsblogMASS.
I also linked up with Will Katcher along Section 4 of the trail, right outside the Massachusetts state house, and his trail story for MassLive just went online, expanding press coverage beyond Boston.
Thank you, Grecia and Will, and thanks to all the local journalists and producers who've helped put the Walking City Trail on the map for Boston area residents and visitors! The city hikers are coming.
This photo wasn't actually taken along the Walking City Trail proper. What you see above is the very short dirt path that connects from the MBTA's Capen Street trolley stop to the Harvest River Bridge, where the Walking City Trail officially begins. All of this is explained in the Section 1 trail directions, which some of you have probably downloaded today as the Walking City Trail website officially launches!
I've been running on mediocre sleep and a lot of hastily scrapped-together meals for the last few days, finishing the website while also juggling my freelance writing duties. But I'm excited to share two early pieces of Walking City Trail press.
The first is an interview that I did with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan of WGBH's Boston Public Radio, aka "Jim and Margery." CLICK HERE to listen to our conversation and read the recap.
The second piece of press is an essay about the Walking City Trail's origins that I wrote for WBUR. Last week, editor Cloe Axelson and photographer Robin Lubbock joined me for a climb up Parker Hill along Section 3 of the trail, and let's just say there's more coming from WBUR next week. A lot more. But for now, you can CLICK HERE to read my essay about how the trail began.
Next week, I'll be sending out the first Walking City Trail newsletter, which will include these press highlights AND some dates for guided trails section hikes that I'll be hosting on weekends this July and August. You can sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the home page.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go have a beer. And yes, I know it's 12:30pm on a Thursday.