Date and Time
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:30AM - 2:30PM
Massachusetts, Pioneer Valley,
Registration is not required for this activity. However, you may wish to contact the leader(s) if you have any questions.
The hike begins on Sanderson Brook Falls Trail, and then turns left onto the H. Newman Marsh Trail, which goes up and around Observation Hill. The hike continues onto Observation Hill Road Trail, then down the CCC Cross Country Ski Trail to the Sanderson Brook Trail which passes the falls and back to the parking area. The hike is approximately 6 miles. The hiking map may be found here:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/chester.pdf The hike up the Newman Marsh Trail is a relatively steep ¾ mile up and the CCC Cross Country Ski Trail is steep going down.
REQUIREMENTS of the hike include proper footwear (waterproof hiking boots will keep your feet warm and dry), snacks and lunch, water, rain/snow gear (if forecast calls for precipitation), hiking poles if you use. Micro-spikes and snowshoes are required. The Newman Trail is a steep rocky trail with many icy spots. Other traction devices will not be aggressive enough for the trail. Snowshoes are necessary in case the trail is not broken or in case the hike is modified to a snowshoe because of conditions.
Meeting place coordinates 42.256039, -72.946743
AMC Trip Policy
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Sanderson Brook Falls parking lot
From the MA Turnpike take exit 3 in Westfield. Turn onto
MA 10/US 202 south and continue to US Route 20 (Franklin Street) in Westfield. Follow Route 20 West approximately 16 miles to the Sanderson Brook Falls parking lot on the left. GPS COORDINATES: 42.256039, -72.946743