First Day Hike Sanderson Brook Falls in Chester

By Western Mass Hilltown Hikers (other events)

Monday, January 1 2024 10:00 AM 1:00 PM EDT

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First Day Hike at Sanderson Brook Falls
January 1st @ 10:00 am
Parking at the Sanderson Brook Falls lot on Route 20 across from Bannish Lumber Chester, MA 01011
Hike Rating: Easy to moderate with some uneven footing, 2 miles in and back

Celebrate the New Year 2024 outdoors with us and join the nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Hikers across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. Last year nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year, hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country!The Chester Blandford State Forest includes remnants of small mining operations and the 60-foot cascade at Sanderson Brook Falls. The state forest was established in 1924 when local lumber companies sold the land to the state.

The trail is gravel and wide which gently climbs upward. We will cross three girder bridges and follow along Sanderson Brook then take the more narrow trail to the right which takes us to the bottom of the waterfall.

Dress for winter conditions, ice and snow.

Please Register per car load on Maps and bottled water provided. Always be prepared for rocks, roots and some mud. We will hike rain or shine. Friendly dogs are welcome. Suggestion donation is $10 per person, hike is volunteer lead.  More details are on .  Please email [email protected] or call/text 413-302-0312 if you have any questions.  We are a non-profit 501C(3) organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts. Tax ID #86-2532249

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Liability Waiver: As a condition of your
voluntary participation in this activity, you
acknowledge and agree to the following: this
activity involves inherent risks that can cause
property damage, injury, illness, disability,
and/or death to participants and/or others;
you assume all risk associated with this
activity; you are responsible for having the
necessary knowledge, skills, abilities,
clothing, and equipment to safely participate
in this activity; you know and will follow the
Hiker Responsibility Code described at;.the leader(s) of this
activity are volunteers; and you for yourself,
your heirs, executors, and administrators
release, hold harmless, and indemnify the
leader(s) and all members of this group from
any and all claims for property damage,
injury, illness, disability, and/or death -
including those caused by negligence and/or
other reasons.



Mailing Address

PO Box 3 Chester, MA 01011