Upcoming events

    • 26 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Chebacco Woods Main Entrance on Chebacco Road, Hamilton

    Join ECTA friend and naturalist Jef Taylor for a nature walk in the Chebacco Woods on Saturday, May 26th from 10am-12pm.  We will meet at the main entrance on Chebacco Road, which is off Essex Street (Rt. 22) in Hamilton, at 9:45am.

    On this walk we will look for animals, plants, and even fungi and learn how all of these living things interact. We will learn which creatures have been here since colonial times and which are more recent arrivals. We will discover what fascinating adaptations the forest creatures have that allow them to survive and play their part in the ecosystem.

    Jef Taylor is a naturalist who specializes in urban and invasive species, but especially loves bugs and mushrooms. He has led monthly Urban Nature Walks since 2003, and seasonal Fungi Field Walks since 2006. He currently works with the Zoo New England conservation department on assessing the biodiversity of Franklin Park.

    More on parking:  Entrance is on the west side of Chebacco Road in Hamilton across from Beck Pond.  There is space for about 8 or 9 cars.  There is a sign.  There is also parking at Gordon College. Please refer to map here.

    Other information: This event is free for ECTA members, $20 for non-members.  Leashed dogs are welcome. Bug spray, sun screen, and water recommended. This 2 hour walk will be less than 2 miles, as we will be stopping frequently to look at critters and plants.

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Black Oak Farm, 1 Winthrop St, South Hamilton, MA 01982

    (Photos by Sophiea Bitel)

    The countryside lost a great friend in September 2016 when Patrick Keough passed away unexpectedly.  Whether he was hunting or just out for a ride, Patrick loved to be out on the trails.  An anonymous friend of ECTA has pledged $10,000 to start a trail fund in Patrick's memory.  We are so touched and will hold a ride on June 2nd to honor this generous gift.  There will be no charge for this ride, but the hope is that riders will make some gift, however large or small, in Patrick's memory. 

    We will hold this ride to kickoff the fund on June 2, 2018. We will leave from Black Oak Farm promptly at 9 a.m. cross over into The Trustees Grass Rides and ride to the pinnacle and return all of which we expect to take about 1 1/2 hours. It will be a slow ride (at a walk) and will be led by Michael Keough. If you wish to come along, please bring a suitable horse that is used riding in company. We look forward to seeing you on June 2.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Patrick Keough Memorial Trail Fund, you may do so here (Please click the box marked "Patrick Keough Memorial Trail Fund" under Donation Designation).  MANY THANKS!

    Note:  Registration will CLOSE on May 23rd.  We will be unable to accept any RSVPs after that date.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah at the office (978-468-1133 or

    Liability Waiver:  Please read and sign this form (or confirm you have read it via email) before the ride.  Thank you!

    • 23 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Groton House Farm

    Come Walk, Run, Bike and Ride on guided trail adventures (for all levels) followed by a party featuring live music, live animals, games, great food trucks and local beer from the Tapmobiles of Ipswich Ale Brewery.  Join us at Groton House Farm in Hamilton on Saturday, June 23rd with trail activities from 12-3pm and party from 3-6pm. Get outdoors and have fun while supporting ECTA and the 450 miles of trails that we maintain for your access to walk, run, cycle and ride!

    Event:  ECTA Trail Jamboree

    Date: Saturday, June 23rd

    Location: Groton House Farm for parking and departure of all trail events and party afterwards

    Time: Trail walkers, runners, bikers and riders depart from GHF between Noon and 1:30pm in order to return to GHF by 3pm to participate in events at GHF from 3-6pm

    Trail Events:

    Guided walk through Appleton with a naturalist to depart GHF at 1:30pm

    Guided 5K run to depart GHF at  1pm

    Guided 10k run to depart GHF at 1pm

    Guided Family friendly bicycle ride to depart GHF at 1:30pm

    Guided Aggressive mountain bike ride to depart GHF at 1:30pm

    Guided Horseback tour for all levels of riders to depart GHF at 1pm

    Events at GHF from 3-6pm:

    Entertainment: Live music by “Labor In Vane”

    Fun and games: Horse Shoes, Corn Hole, Can Jam, Giant Jenga, etc

    Donkey Races

    Fabulous Local Food Trucks: Amigos Locos Truck & Gelato/Coffee Truck

    World-famous Tapmobiles featuring beer and soda from the Ipswich Ale Brewery

    Raffle tickets for prizes will be sold with participants able to select items of interest

    Admission costs: $20 per head in advance (on ECTA site) and $25 day of event.

    Thank you to our amazing sponsors:

    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Myopia Schooling Field, 394 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA

    Don't miss out on this great course over some of the North Shore's best trails! The 10 mile race is part of the 2018 North Shore Endurance Trail Series sponsored by New England Running Co.!!

    Divisions: 39 and under, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    Entry Fees (Mail in entries must be post marked by September 7th)
    5 Miles - $25.00 pre-entry, $30.00 post-entry
    10 Miles - $30.00 pre-entry, $35.00 post-entry

    Fun Team Competition:

    A prize to the co-ed team in the 10 mile race (at least 5 runners including at least 2 women) with the best  score on the traditional cross-country scoring basis.  Inquire for more details.

    And a second prize to the team with the most entrants in the combined 5 and 10 mile races.

    **Be sure to include your team affiliation in the registration, so we can have the most accurate information possible for the team competition award determination.

    You may also email a list of your team members to prior to the race.

    Pre-entry race packets (pre-registered runners only) will be available on Friday, September 14th at New England Running Company, 43 Enon Street, Beverly, from 10am-7pm.! You may also pick up your number and tshirt on race day!  **First 100 runners to check in are guaranteed a tshirt.


    Prefer to mail in your entry? Downland and print a PDF entry form.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors!!!

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Patton Park, Hamilton

    ECTA is holding its inaugural Thanks for the Trails 5k and Kids Fun Run the day after Thanksgiving at Patton Park in Hamilton (November 23, 2018).  This event will begin at 9AM on November 23.  Using a scenic and challenging course and offering great prizes, this will be an event for all!  In addition to cash (or gift certificates) for top finishers, and many other terrific prizes, there will be cash prizes for the teams (co-ed) with the most runners and that have the best score (on a traditional XC scoring basis).  We are building on the fine tradition enjoyed by so many for the last 10 years with Gabe's Run, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Gabe's Fund.  Whether you seek a personal record or camaraderie with old friends and rivals, this event is for you!

    Pre-Registration for 5k: $25

    Post-Registration for 5k: $35

    Kids' Run:  $10 per child, day-of registration only

Past events

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 3: Riverbend Conservation Area, West Newbury
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 2: Willowdale State Forest
01 May 2016 Virtual Race 1: Appleton Farms
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 Pan-Ipswich Challenge - CANCELLED
18 Oct 2014 Discover Hamilton Trail Walk
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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