Thirty-eight years of avid hiking

As published in Berkshire Magazine, May 2015


Thirty-eight years ago, the Berkshire Knapsackers was founded by a small group of avid hikers. Today, the group hosts over 50 outings a year, with membership costing just $10 per year to cover a seasonal newsletter mailing.

Come May, volunteer leaders will take groups up to Mount Greylock’s summit and through Mount Washington State Forest; on wildflower walks at Bartholomew’s Cobble; and paddle through Cranberry Pond, Crane Lake, and Mud Pond in West Stockbridge. The Knapsackers are exploring year-round, and hikers of all abilities are welcome. Outings are rated based on distance, pace, and terrain.

“We’re all just people that love to do this and want to share it with each other,” says executive committee member Kathleen Lee. “It’s always safe to go with other people, and it’s also a good way for people who are new to the area to get to know the trails and make new friends.”