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    • 03 Jun 2022
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • Any Trails
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    2022 TRIFECTA Trail Challenge
    June 3rd
    - July 17th

    Log miles on your favorite trails or explore new ones, and achieve one of these 3 challenge levels:

    1. Run/Hike Challenge: Run or hike 40 MILES total over 6 weeks on any off-road trails. 
    2. Ride Challenge: Bike or horseback ride 70 MILES total over 6 weeks on any off-road trails.
    3. Family Challenge: Explore 6 trails of any distance over 6 weeks, find 8 scavenger list items out of our list of 14.* Take photos of the items and trails when possible!
    Bonus level: TrifECTA! Individuals and family teams are eligible to achieve all 3 levels. One person may achieve all 3, or two members of a family may each complete one of the mileage levels and then the family level as part of the team.

    Prizes: Those who achieve any level will receive an ECTA gaitor at the end of the challenge, as well as recognition on our website! TrifECTA achievers, and those who log the most miles in each category, receive an extra prize!

    Registration: $10 for non-members, FREE for active ECTA members.
    All participants, please register in advance to be eligible for a prize after completing a challenge. If you're not already a member, please consider JOINING ECTA!

    How to LOG YOUR PROGRESS:

    1. Navigate via GPS, record your routes and log your miles using Avenza Maps or another trail app. Take screenshots of your completed routes. When you complete the challenge submit your screenshots (details below). For more information about Avenza Maps on our website click HERE.
    2. Or, use our TrifECTA Trail Challenge log  or the TrifECTA Family Challenge log to record your mileage progress, digitally or printout and hand write. When you complete the challenge submit your results (details below).
    3. Or, download and print maps from our website (maps can be found on most trail pages), mark your routes with dates and times. Take photos of your completed map routes. When you complete the challenge submit your results (details below).


    How to SUBMIT your log and qualify for prize:

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: No later than Sunday July 17th. All submissions must be received by midnight Sunday July 17th to qualify for prizes.

    When complete, submit (screenshots, photos or logs) by email to: office@ectaonline.org or mail to: ECTA , PO Box 358, Hamilton, MA 01936. Make sure you confirm in your email the challenge type completed (Run, hike, bike, horse, or family) and all family participants if applicable.

    Family teams: We love photos! When possible photograph the items that you discover. During the challenge, please send us your photos at any time!

    *List of items for Family Challenge:
    Frog or toad
    Salamander or snake
    Flowing brook or stream
    Pond with lily pads
    Pink or yellow wildflower
    Animal hole (ground)
    Animal hole (tree)
    Butterfly

    Dragonfly
    or grasshopper
    Warbler - songbird
    Woodpecker
    Feather
    Squirrel or chipmunk
    Hawk or owl


    To print this list:
    CLICK HERE

    Have fun, everyone!

    THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 SPONSOR!


    • 04 Jun 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Donovan Reservation, 473 Sagamore St, South Hamilton, MA 01982
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    Don't miss Essex County Trail Association's guided bird walk in honor of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4th!

    Join ECTA and guide Carol Decker for a 90 minute bird walk through one of the best birding locations in Essex County. Carol, former Sanctuary Director at Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, has led birding tours throughout the US and internationally. Greenbelt's Donovan Reservation is home this time of year to nesting Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlarks, among others. Bring your binoculars!

    This event is FREE for ECTA members, but registration is required and space is limited. So sign up today!

    DATE: Saturday, June 4th, 2022
    TIME: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    Donovan Reservation. 473 Sagamore St, South Hamilton, MA 01982



    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Groton House Farm, 746 Highland Street, Hamilton, MA
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    ECTA's Summer Solstice Party is back this June! Come join us under the tent at Groton House Farm on Saturday, June 18th from 6 - 9:30 p.m. for this fun event with cool drinks, tasty appetizers, Asian fusion catering by Bon Me of Cambridge, wonderful silent auction items, and Orville Gidding’s fantastic bluegrass band to entertain us! All proceeds go toward ECTA’s mission of preserving and maintaining our local trails.

    Tickets are $75 for members, $85 for non-members, $750 for a table of 10 (limited availability).

    Online registration available until June 16th.
    Tickets available in-person at event if not sold out.



    • 11 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Pipestave Hill Equestrian Area, West Newbury, MA

    WEST NEWBURY ADVENTURE TRAIL--ECTA FUNDRAISER AND FUN RAISER!

    The goal of Adventure Trail is for all kinds of riders to ride out and have FUN on a non-competitive team trail ride. We try to design it for all ages, disciplines and riding levels. Ages on our ride have ranged from 7 to 80.

    It is a great event for family, friends, barns and a chill out event for competitors. If you don’t have a team we will try to find you one.

    Teams ride out between 9am-noon. You will be assigned a ride time – no late arrivals accepted.

    Proceeds benefit Essex County Trail Association trail work in West Newbury.

    To register:  More info and entry forms can be found on the Club website, wnrdc.com.

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA

    We are very pleased to announce that our 18th Annual Run for the Trails will be held this year on Saturday September 17, 2022!

    Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! 

    More details coming soon.

    All 2022 events will offer a $10 discount for ECTA Members.
    Become a Member before registration!

    Address: Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA



    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Willowdale State Forest 269 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
    Registration is closed


    Join ECTA on Saturday, October 15th, for our POKER BIKE RIDE!

    Riders will be provided a map with seven locations in Willowdale State Forest and a punch card. Each registered rider must visit five to seven of the stops,  and punch the card at each location. Take your time and enjoy a morning ride or see how quickly you can get to all seven. Most direct route is 7.5 miles. Start as early as 9:00 am but be finished by 12:00 noon!  We will all meet up at noon to deal our hands. The best five card hand wins!

    PRIZES for best hands! Gifts for all registered participants.

    Registration Fees: $20 ECTA member, $30 non-member
    Registration available day of event at ECTA table in parking lot 8:30 am.

    All 2022 events will offer a $10 discount for ECTA Members.
    Become a Member before registration!

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    ALL THE DETAILS
    TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
    PARK: Willowdale State Forest 269 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
    CHECK-IN: Linebrook Road parking lot at the ECTA Table. 
    You must check in to get your punch card before you begin!

    MAP OPTIONS: We recommend using the Avenza Maps app. Download Avenza Maps for free onto your smart phone and download the free ECTA Poker Bike Ride map prior to event. Instructions below. This will allow you to use the gps enabled map without internet service and see your location on the map! Otherwise you can print out a copy of the map below or save it to your phone.
    AVENZA MAP INSTRUCTIONS:From the app store on your phone choose Avenza Maps (it’s free). Open the app. At the bottom of the screen tap on the cart icon for the map store. Search keyword ECTA. Select the ECTA Poker Bike Ride map, tap “free,” tap “download,” then tap “open map.” At the Willowdale parking lot, find yourself on the map (blue dot) and navigate to the Spade icons.

    EVENT INSTRUCTIONS: Follow your map to the seven locations, in any order, in Willowdale State Forest. Each stop is marked by a spade,, on the map. Find the Poker Bike Ride sign and hole punch attached, in plain sight, to a tree at each location. Use the hole punch to punch your card. Each registered rider must visit five to seven of the stops, and punch the card at each location. Take your time and enjoy a morning ride or see how quickly you can get to all seven. MOST DIRECT ROUTE IS 7.5 MILES. When you finish return to the ECTA table in the Linebrook Road parking area to receive your poker hand. Five stops get you five cards, seven stops get you seven. Start as early as 9:00 am but be finished by 12:00 noon. At noon we will reveal all the hands. The best five card hand wins!

    Rain Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

    • 25 Nov 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Patton Park, Hamilton


    SAVE THE DATE! 

    ECTA is holding its 5th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving, November 25, 2022, at Patton Park in Hamilton.  

      All 2022 events will offer a $10 discount for ECTA Members.
      Become a Member BEFORE registration!

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    Past events

    14 May 2022 8th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    08 May 2022 5th Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
    30 Apr 2022 27th Annual Equine Expo & Tack Sale
    26 Apr 2022 Spring Annual Meeting
    26 Nov 2021 4th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k
    13 Nov 2021 Guided Walk of Cogswell's Grant
    31 Oct 2021 Edible Avenue Walk
    16 Oct 2021 Poker Bike Ride
    18 Sep 2021 17th Annual Run for the Trails
    12 Sep 2021 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail
    11 Sep 2021 Mushroom Walk
    21 Aug 2021 26th Annual Equine Tack and Paraphernalia Sale
    05 Jun 2021 4th Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
    05 Jun 2021 Guided Bird Walk
    14 May 2021 TRIFECTA Trail Challenge 2021
    08 May 2021 7th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    21 Nov 2020 3rd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k
    17 Oct 2020 6th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    04 Oct 2020 3rd Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
    19 Sep 2020 16th Annual Run for the Trails
    13 Sep 2020 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail
    29 Aug 2020 25th Annual Equine Tack and Paraphernalia Sale
    23 Aug 2020 Spring Trail Ride Postponed to August 23, 2020
    19 Jul 2020 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
    20 Jun 2020 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party Cancelled!
    12 Jun 2020 TRIFECTA Trail Challenge 2020
    21 Apr 2020 Spring Annual Meeting has been Cancelled
    08 Mar 2020 Dow Brook Daylight Savings Walk with IRWA
    09 Feb 2020 Ski to the Black Cow
    08 Feb 2020 Winter Walk with IRWA
    29 Nov 2019 2nd Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k
    17 Nov 2019 Autumn Trail Ride
    21 Sep 2019 15th Annual Run for the Trails
    22 Jun 2019 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party
    02 Jun 2019 2nd Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
    11 May 2019 5th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    27 Apr 2019 24th Annual Equine Expo
    23 Apr 2019 Spring Annual Meeting
    14 Apr 2019 Dow Brook Vernal Pool Walk with IRWA
    09 Feb 2019 Signs of Life Walk with IRWA
    13 Jan 2019 Ski to the Black Cow *POSTPONED*
    23 Nov 2018 Thanks for the Trails 5k
    15 Sep 2018 14th Annual Run for the Trails
    23 Jun 2018 ECTA Trail Jamboree
    09 Jun 2018 Volunteer Work Day in Wenham!
    02 Jun 2018 Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
    26 May 2018 Nature Walk at Chebacco Woods
    05 May 2018 4th Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    28 Apr 2018 23rd Annual Equine Expo
    17 Apr 2018 Spring Annual Meeting
    07 Apr 2018 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    24 Mar 2018 Ski to the Black Cow CANCELLED
    30 Dec 2017 Ski to Ipswich Ale Brewery
    24 Nov 2017 Not Too Stuffed to Hike at Bradley Palmer
    22 Oct 2017 Autumn Trail Ride
    17 Oct 2017 ECTA night at Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table
    30 Sep 2017 Adventure Biathlon: CANCELLED
    16 Sep 2017 13th Annual Run for the Trails
    17 Jun 2017 ECTA's Annual Summer Solstice Party
    03 Jun 2017 National Trails Day Walk
    28 May 2017 Sagamore Hill Conservation Area/Donovan Reservation Trail Ride
    13 May 2017 3rd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    29 Apr 2017 22nd Annual Equine Expo
    11 Apr 2017 Spring Annual Meeting
    08 Apr 2017 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    11 Feb 2017 Ski to the Black Cow
    19 Nov 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
    22 Oct 2016 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
    25 Sep 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    17 Sep 2016 12th Annual Run for the Trails
    11 Sep 2016 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
    28 Aug 2016 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
    24 Jul 2016 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
    17 Jul 2016 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
    26 Jun 2016 Tree and Plant Walk at Riverbend, West Newbury
    18 Jun 2016 Summer Solstice Party
    04 Jun 2016 ECTAthlon 2016
    14 May 2016 2nd Annual Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    07 May 2016 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
    01 May 2016 Virtual Race 1: Appleton Farms
    01 May 2016 Virtual Race 2: Willowdale State Forest
    01 May 2016 Virtual Race 3: Riverbend Conservation Area, West Newbury
    30 Apr 2016 21st Annual Equine Expo
    24 Apr 2016 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
    19 Apr 2016 Spring Annual Meeting
    09 Apr 2016 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    19 Mar 2016 Warbler Alley Walk in West Newbury
    21 Feb 2016 Ski to the Village Pancake House
    15 Feb 2016 Ski to the Black Cow RESCHEDULED
    09 Jan 2016 Stories from the Wild Side at Bradley Palmer
    22 Dec 2015 DCR's Winter Solstice Celebration
    18 Oct 2015 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
    27 Sep 2015 Ipswich River Tree Walk
    20 Sep 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    19 Sep 2015 11th Annual Run for the Trails
    13 Sep 2015 West Newbury Riding & Driving Club Adventure Trail Day
    23 Aug 2015 ECTA Polo Day
    20 Jun 2015 Summer Solstice Party
    06 Jun 2015 ECTAthlon 2015
    03 May 2015 Spring for the Trails Half Marathon
    21 Apr 2015 Spring Annual Meeting
    18 Apr 2015 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    22 Mar 2015 Mill Pond Snowshoe Hike
    21 Feb 2015 Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
    18 Jan 2015 Hike to the Black Cow
    16 Nov 2014 Sagamore Hill Trail Ride
    25 Oct 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
    19 Oct 2014 West Newbury Open Space Hike
    18 Oct 2014 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
    18 Oct 2014 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - CANCELLED
    21 Sep 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    20 Sep 2014 10th Annual Run for the Trails
    01 Sep 2014 Pipestave Hill Trail Ride
    24 Aug 2014 ECTA Polo Day
    17 Aug 2014 Donovan Hill Trail Ride
    21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Raffle
    21 Jun 2014 Summer Solstice Festival
    07 Jun 2014 ECTAthlon 2014
    24 May 2014 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride - CANCELLED
    18 May 2014 Ipswich River Paddle
    10 May 2014 Ipswich River Tree Walk
    27 Apr 2014 West Newbury Magnolia & Woods Walk
    26 Apr 2014 Equine Expo
    19 Apr 2014 Volunteer Trail Work Day
    12 Apr 2014 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    01 Apr 2014 Spring Annual Meeting
    22 Mar 2014 Mill Pond Trail Walk
    16 Feb 2014 Ski/Snowshoe to the Village Pancake House
    18 Jan 2014 Hike to the Black Cow
    01 Jan 2014 DCR First Day Hike at Bradley Palmer
    05 Dec 2013 Winter Tracks Benefit Party
    18 Nov 2013 Winter Tracks Raffle
    09 Nov 2013 Volunteer Trail Work Day
    26 Oct 2013 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - Cancelled
    20 Oct 2013 IRWA Trail Walk
    19 Oct 2013 DCR Full Moon Hike
    19 Oct 2013 WNOS Fall Trail Hike
    29 Sep 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    21 Sep 2013 9th Annual Run for the Trails
    15 Sep 2013 WNRDC Adventure Trail Day
    18 Aug 2013 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
    21 Jul 2013 Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
    14 Jul 2013 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
    23 Jun 2013 ECTA Polo Day
    22 Jun 2013 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
    09 Jun 2013 Ipswich River Tree Walk
    01 Jun 2013 ECTAthlon 2013
    18 May 2013 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
    27 Apr 2013 Riverbend Trail Walk
    14 Apr 2013 Rail Trail Bike Ride
    09 Apr 2013 Spring Annual Meeting
    23 Mar 2013 Mill Pond Trail Walk
    10 Mar 2013 X-Country Ski at Turner Hill Farm
    24 Feb 2013 Ski/Snowshoe from to Sal's Pizza - CANCELLED
    02 Feb 2013 NE Sled Dog Races - CANCELLED
    26 Jan 2013 Hike to the Black Cow
    17 Jan 2013 Shelly Gill Presentation
    21 Dec 2012 West Newbury Trail Walks
    08 Dec 2012 Turkey Hill Trail Walk
    23 Nov 2012 WNRDC Post-Turkey Ride/Walk
    03 Nov 2012 Volunteer Trail Work Day
    29 Sep 2012 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
    29 Sep 2012 REI Volunteer Work Day at Bradley Palmer
    22 Sep 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
    16 Sep 2012 WNRDC Adventure Trail
    15 Sep 2012 8th Annual Run for the Trails
    07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Party
    07 Sep 2012 Endless Summer Raffle
    26 Aug 2012 Explore Ipswich Trail Ride
    15 Jul 2012 Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials
    17 Jun 2012 ECTA Cup at Myopia Polo
    02 Jun 2012 ECTAthlon 2012
    19 May 2012 Topsfield Rail Trail Bicycle Ride
    11 May 2012 ECTAthlon Mountain Bike Raffle
    05 May 2012 Pan-Ipswich Challenge
    28 Apr 2012 Equine Expo
    22 Apr 2012 Appleton Farms Trail Walk
    14 Apr 2012 Chebacco Woods Trail Walk
    07 Apr 2012 Riverbend Trail Walk
    19 Mar 2012 Essex Trail Mapping
    10 Mar 2012 Hike to the Village Pancake House
    11 Feb 2012 Hike to The Black Cow
    11 Jan 2012 Sled Dog Lecture by Dr. Jerry Vanek
    15 Nov 2011 Open Board Meeting
    13 Nov 2011 Donovan/Sagamore Hill Walk
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