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    • 14 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 11 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Any Trails
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    2021 TRIFECTA Trail Challenge
    May 14th - July 11th

    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 50 MILES total over 8 weeks on any off-road trails. 
    2. Ride Challenge: Bike or horseback ride 75 MILES total over 8 weeks on any off-road trails.
    3. Family Challenge: Explore 9 trails of any distance over 8 weeks, find 9 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 11th. All submissions must be received by midnight Sunday July 11th to qualify for prizes and to be included in online results.

    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).

    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

    REMEMBER: As you head out and enjoy the trails please respect the need for social distancing. Check trailheads for signage regarding temporary COVID-19 requirements.

    Have fun, everyone!

    Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

    Support the people who support us! 

    Click on the logos to check out the websites of our sponsors. 

    We couldn't do it without them!



    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield MA


    26th EQUINE TACK & PARAPHERNALIA SALE 2021

    Essex County Trail Association is hosting the 26th annual Equine Tack & Paraphernalia Sale to be held on Saturday, August 21th 2021 from 9-3 in the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Route 1, Topsfield, MA.  Individuals, groups & businesses make up our booths offering new and used items for the horse and rider/driver. To outfit everyone for the show and trail season, purchase a new saddle, upgrade all your tack and equipment, purchase supplements, books, herbal products, home décor or gifts this is the place to be!

    There will be a food vendor serving breakfast and lunch.  Plenty of free parking and the building is accessible to everyone.  An admission fee of $5 (kids under 10 free) goes towards one of our goals of maintaining trails in our member Towns of Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex and West Newbury for all types of passive recreation.

    Drop by for a day of one stop shopping.  For more information or donate used or new horse related items for our ECTA tables, please call Kay at 978-768-6275 or Sue at 978-468-7715 or e-mail kljoreo@aol.com.
    Vendor contract: CLICK HERE

    Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!

    Susanna Colloredo-Mansfeld

    Lois Cheston

    Donald Curiale


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    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA
    Register

    We are very pleased to announce that our 17th Annual Run for the Trails will be held this year on Saturday September 18, 2021!

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

    Registration Fee:
    5 Miles - $20 ECTA member, $30 non-member
    10 Miles -
    $25 ECTA member, $35 non-member
    *1st 100 registered guaranteed a t-shirt!

    All 2021 events will offer a $10 discount for ECTA Members.
    Become a Member before registration!

    Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ Men and Women

    Address: Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA
    Course Map:
      click here
    RACE DAY DETAILS to follow.

    Registration Form (if you'd rather mail it in with a check): CLICK HERE
    Liability Waiver (Print & Mail ONLY for those under 18): CLICK HERE

    Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you on the trails! If you have any questions, please contact our office at office@ectaonline.org.


    Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

    Support the people who support us! 

    Click on the logos to check out the websites of our sponsors. 

    We couldn't do it without them!

    • 26 Nov 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Patton Park, Hamilton


    SAVE THE DATE!

    ECTA is holding its 4th Annual Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 26, 2021).  The 5k will begin at 10AM on November 26, and the Kids' Run will start at 9:30AM.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all! 

    Check back for more details!


    Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

    Support the people who support us!  Click on the logos to check out the websites of our sponsors!  We couldn't do it without them!






Past events

05 Jun 2021 4th Annual Ride in Memory of Patrick Keough
05 Jun 2021 Guided Bird Walk
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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