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Hiking for Health: Mount Orient & the Robert Frost Trail

November 4, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

As the days grow shorter and cooler, autumn is an invigorating time to be in the great outdoors. Here’s a chance to experience a vigorous small-group hike to a local peak close to home.

Get your blood flowing and enjoy this “peak” experience on Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to noon. This 3-hour trek is on a section of the Robert Frost Trail that passes by the Banfield-Wier Conservation Restriction, Shutesbury’s oldest protected farm, and over Poverty Mountain en route to the summit of Orient Mountain (elevation: 955 feet) in Pelham. Although the summit is wooded, a lower, south-facing ledge provides views of the Mount Holyoke Range and the Valley. Kestrel Land Trust’s Stewardship Manager, Stu Watson, will lead the 4.5-mile out-and-back hike.

Our 2023 Hiking for Health series features four sections of the 42-mile Robert Frost Trail (RFT) that winds through the heart of Kestrel’s service area east of the Connecticut River. Kestrel’s team is partnering with the Appalachian Mountain Club, the MA Department Conservation & Recreation, and other community members to improve and maintain this beloved regional long-distance trail.

Attendance at all four hikes is not required. A separate registration link will be set up for each one.

IMPORTANT: Participants must be able to climb steep slopes and navigate uneven ground.

Space is limited and registration is required with a sliding-scale donation.




November 4, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mount Orient


Kestrel Land Trust
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