A hike into the Sawmill Hills
Hiking/Walk DATE: 01/26/2014 - 01/26/2014
Trip/Event Location: Florence, MA
Trip Leader(s): johnwesternmass
Max # People: 15
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Moderate
We will be hiking into the Sawmill Hills. Depending on the ground cover (snow?), it is an easy to moderate hike of about 2 hours. The first part of the hike is up hill and then it...
We will meet in the rear parking lot of the Art's and Industries building in Florence. Take 91 North to Northampton Exit. Make a left onto Pleasant Street, towards Northampton. Make a left onto Rt. 9, Main Street, Northampton. Go up past Smith College, keep going past the Cooley Dickinson Hospital and into Florence Center. At Maple Street (Bird's Variety on left; Pizza Factory on Right) Make a left onto Maple and go to the bottom of the hill, making a right onto Nonotuck. Go to the end of Nonotuck, The Arts and Industries Building will be right in front of you. Make a left onto Pine Street, go over the bridge and make a right onto Spring Street. Make the first right into the Elks lodge parking lot and then make a right into the lower parking lot behind the Arts and Industries Building. We'll car pool up the street to Avis Circle since there isn't much parking at the trailhead on Avis Circle.
A group of hearty men showed up in 15 degree temperature to take a wonderful hike up into the Sawmill Hills of Florence. A couple of vernal pools and porcupine habitat were highlights of the hike. Chicken vegetable soup and delicious Hungry Ghost bread were rewards for a hike well done!
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