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Family Friendly /All Ages Winter Walk /Hike, Snowshoe or X -C Ski

  • 06 Feb 2011
  • 11:00 AM
  • Middlesex Fells (depending on weather/conditions)
Family Friendly/All Ages Winter Walk/Hike, Snowshoe or X-C Ski
RSVP to Leader: Jackie, boston@womenoutdoors.org
Distance/Time to complete (est.):approx 3-5mis; 2-4hrs
Level of difficulty: easy/ moderate
Requirements: layers, hiking boots, water, lunch/snack, rain gear, and/or snow gear (TBD: snowshoes, x-c skis, Yak Traks, Micro Spikes, etc.); No pets.
Directions: Trailhead/meeting place TBD.
About The Fells: http://www.fells.org/fells.html <http://www.fells.org/fells.html>
We will enjoy the Fells in winter along some of its many trails. The Fells has a long and varied cultural history. Native Americans hunted here for thousands of years before the colonial period when trees were harvested, animals were allowed to graze, and town lots
created. Timber used by General Washington in the fortification of Dorchester Heights is believed to have been harvested from the Fells. In the 1800's, Spot Pond provided ice for worldwide export. Extensive rubber manufacturing existed at the end of the 19th century
in an area called Haywardville. The impact of 20th century man can also be seen throughout the Fells in the works of landscape architects Charles Eliot and George Olmstead as well as the CCC and the Work Progress Administration. Route 93 and many other roads as well as several drinking water projects have impacted the landscape. However, when you walk the many quiet hiking trails and old forest roads that wind through the
reservation, you may forget that you are only a few miles from Boston.

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