Trip report

Arnold Arboretum In January!

Hiking/Walk DATE: 01/07/2017 - 01/07/2017

Trip/Event Location: Jamaica Plain/Boston, MA

Trip Leader(s): HikerBlue

Max # People: 150

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

This is a great winter hike to start the new year!  It’s great for health and meeting old friends and making new ones.  Get limbered up after the holidays and step off on your new year

Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:


Driving: Easy!  Google Maps “125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130” and it will get you there by driving or public transportation.  Parking (free) is along the main road (the Arbor Way) at the entrance to the park. 

Via the MBTA Orange LIne: It’s only a 10-minute walk from Forest Hill Station on the Orange Line.  Use the address above.  It's West (L) on Hyde Park Ave. in front of the station to North (R) on Arbor Way.  The arboretum is then on the left.

Trip Report/Photos
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We seven men had a great time at the Arnold on Sunday 1/8/17!  We stepped off from the Admin building at 1:15 into pristine, gorgeous winter wonderland.  Dry light snow conditions - fresh at about 1' deep.  It was only 20 degrees but there was no wind and we were all well dressed and shod.  We could jump and roll in the snow and stay dry because it was cold. 

We hiked up the west edge of the arboretum, explored the conifer section and learned about the ways of most easily identifying the conifers and telling one from the other.  Courier and Ives beautiful.

As we acended Peter's Hill to the summit (: - )  all of 240') the sun was behind us and we had glorious views to the City skyline with the Fenway area on our left.  We decided to back off the intensity a bit and pick up the pace going back so we walked on the hard-packed snow on the central arboretum service road which snakes through the entire 400+ acres of the park.  Good grip.  No ice.

We all made the 2nd summit ( all of 200') - Bussey Hill - above the lilac section of the arboretum.  It was about two feet deep going up the steeper south slope through some trees so it was the toughest part of the hike.  Then we rolled and slid and played going down the north slope to the lilac path and did a brisk walk back to the Hunnewell building together.

The ladies in the admin liked us so much they had hot chocolate and homemade cookies waiting.  Perfect!

Ed Sterling had made a suggestion we get beer and dinner at Galway House in Jamaica Plain - just  6 blocks from the admin building.  We had beer and great meals for a reasonable price - the service was excellent, too!

All seven of us survived the entire hike with no fatalites or injuries.  It was about 3 1/2 miles in 3 1/2 hours - a blistering pace - but it was great fun and we all enjoyed it.  We all double summited. Two in the bag for '17!

Arndold Expedition #1 Artica - Photo Library Link - download any or all the pics as you wish.  You can also save this link to your phone or any device for access at any time.  Please send me any photos you would like added to the library.  You can share this link with anyone. 

Thanks to everyone for keeping such a great spirit in spite of the punishing and unreasonable conditions.  We were only safe because we stuck together - abiding to the 1st rule of Mike's Hikes.  : - )

Mountain Master Mike

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What Members Are Saying About This Trip/Event

  • Seven handsome men, a fun and energetic hike, some rolling and cavorting in the fresh powder snow, and a fabulous hot meal to cap it all off. For what more could you wish on a clear, cold winter's day (don't answer that unless you're prepared t offer it). - VideoCowboy

Members That Participated


Outdoor Fitness Level: Strenuous

Braintree, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Cambridge, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate

Boston, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Nashua, NH

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Cambridge, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Arlington, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate

Florence, MA

United States

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Littleton, NH

United States
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