By Rick Gardner, Princeton Hikes!

The Princeton Hikes! group enjoyed a few nice hikes in August, notably an exploration of the trails behind the Quik Stop in East Princeton and a ramble around the quieter trails on the south side of Mount Wachusett with a group lunch at the Mountainside Cafe. In both cases we had about 20 people along for the hike!
We will end September with a hike through the Savage Hill Wildlife Management Area in western Princeton and follow it up with Saturday hikes to the north side of Mount Wachusett (avoiding the crowds but providing nice views!) and the nice paths from the Crow Hills area over to Redemption Rock. Shorter, easier Wednesday hikes will be held to the Cranberry fields near Wachusett Reservoir and a tour of the North trails at Wachusett Meadow.

September 25, 9 a.m. – Savage Hill Loop – A four-or-five mile easier hike on the west side of Princeton, partially on the midstate trail.
October 4, 11 a.m. – Cranberry Hike, led by Karen Rossow, down to a Cranberry Bog by the Wachusett Reservoir in Sterling. Three miles, easy
October 9, 9 a.m. – Wachusett North Trails – A Moderate four-mile hike on the quiet North trails on Wachusett. We will avoid the crowds and still get nice views!
October 23, 9 a.m. – Crow Hill to Redemption Rock – a moderate four-mile hike from Leominster State Forest up to Crow Hill and then over to Redemption Rock.
October 27, 2 p.m. – Wachusett Meadow – an easy/moderate hike on the north side of Wachusett Meadow, around Brown Hill