Eric Oest

Hike50 Participant

Date completed: 10/04/2021

Miles: I hiked on sections 7-9 throughout the year.

Base: Palmer, MA

Trail Story: 

I went from “dadbod” to “radbod” by completing 50 miles on NET.

Debra Sayles

Hike50 Participant

Date completed: 09/21/2021

Miles: I hike, I love Farley ledges and Seven Sisters. This is not hard to do!! I did try Section 18 this year. That was new.

Section 17, 18, Long Mt Norwattuck, Seven Sisters, Hermits caves, Mt Grace and little Grace. I doubt I am done for the year. At 64 points that I have remembered to track, but still will find more paces to go.

Base: Worcester, MA

Advice for NET Hikers: Start with some recommended trails and branch out from there. 

Trail Story: 

Farley Ledges and Hermit Caves. We were at the trailhead and the neighbor engaged us in conversation. I hope I relay this accurately. His family has a history of giving back. His property borders a very popular spot. In an effort to preserve his and the other neighbor’s property AND allow people like us to enjoy the wonderful area these property owners worked with officials to set up a small parking area (on their property) and sign up the trails. Sometimes you hike and wonder “who set this up?” In this case, I met the who. And I am grateful to him and everyone else that helps make trails available to us all.

Judy McWilliams

Hike50 Participant

Date completed: 09/16/2021

Miles: I hiked 50 miles on the following Sections: 2, 5, 6, 8,16, 17 MA, and 20 CT. 

Base: Shelburne Falls, MA

Describe the NET: The New England Trail goes from point A to B. Often one needs to carpool to complete a section or reverse the path doing half of it (as in this time of covid). The trails of MA and CT have some wonderful hills, mountains, rock scrambles, flatlands, etc. to meet the hiking abilities of many hikers. 

What do you love about the NET? Every place takes one to beautiful places and views throughout MA and CT with a variety of hiking challenges. 

Trail Story: 

I belong to a number of hiking groups and normally hike only with groups covering lots of Ma and CT lands. I am delighted whenever the leaders have posted one of the New England trails since this is my challenge not theirs. This year I needed to end my challenge early as I am going to California soon. I surprised myself by setting up some private hikes with a few friends on the NET so I could accomplish this challenge before leaving the area and to show them some other beautiful areas. My favorite hike is Section 20 CT – I hiked this area 5 times!

Kelly & Adam Tull

Hike100 Particiants

Date completed: 09/26/2021

Miles: We section hiked a lot of the trail that we did not hike last year. We did a backpacking trip in May of the first 67 miles in Connecticut, from Guilford to Timberlin Park in Berlin. We did 6 miles out and back of section 15 in CT, 9.6 miles out and back of section 16 in CT, 4.4 miles out and back of section 1 in MA, 2.8 miles out and back section 2 in MA, 7.5 miles out and back of section 6 in MA, 8 miles out and back of section 7 in MA, 1.5 miles of section 19 in MA (this was part of another backpacking trip we did from Tully trail up to Mt Monadnock via the M-M trail). 

Base: Fiskdale, MA

Describe the NET: Very diverse! Hikes ranging from easy to moderate, some with beautiful views! 

What do you love about the NET? I love that it is so diverse! We can pick and choose what kind of day we would like to have!

Trail Story: 

We had great year hiking this year! We did the first 67 miles of the NET in Connecticut as our very first backpacking trip! We stayed at the Godman Group Campsite, which was very nice and a great start to our trip. We also stayed at the Lamentation Mt primative site, which was perfect! We did a few day hikes to finish out the 100 miles, including another backpacking trip on the Tully trail and up to Mt Monadnock via the M-M trail. We spent one night at the Royalston Falls shelter, which was very nice, well taken care of! We finished out our 100 miles on one of our favorite hikes, up Mt Tom in Holyoke! Thank you for all the work that you do to maintain the trail! You can check out our adventures on our Youtube channel, as we have made ourselves some footage to help remember our experiences!