Mass Hike

The city is a beautiful place, but every now and then we'd like to spend some time away. Unfortunately, if you live in the city but you don't have a car, it's almost impossible to get out into nature. That's where Mass Hike comes in.

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Mass Hike started in 2016 when community health advocate, Malcolm, and long-time Boston resident, Roxie, gathered a group of families to go for a hike. For many of these families, this was their first hiking experience. So while there was no lack of excitement for the trip, there was certainly a lack of transportation options. 

As a student at Northeastern University, Malcolm had been part of an outdoors student organization. Looking for advice, he reached out to current club members to see how they got from the city to nature. Unfortunately, Malcolm found out that they were still relying on student cars and the university-owned vans.

He then reached out to the state park officials themselves, but they couldn't offer help either. In fact, everyone seemed to be saying the same thing: getting out into nature is impossible if you don't own a car.

Those conversations were the beginning of Mass Hike.

Mass Hike is an organization dedicated to improving access to the outdoors among Boston residents. We provide transportation and on-site support so that getting to the outdoors is easy and convenient.

At Mass Hike, we get to see the looks on kids' faces when they see a mountain for the first time. We get to see families working as a team to overcome obstacles in their path. We get to see healing take place as the power of nature restores everyone who makes the trip. We want you to see all of these with us.

Our mission at Mass Hike is to make access to nature a nonissue. Nature heals, and with Mass Hike these health benefits are made available to everyone and anyone who needs them. This is our goal, this is our community, and that is what we're all about.


The Team

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Molly Gurney, Executive Director

 

Molly is a graduate student in International Development and Social Change at Clark University. She believes that the community and individual well-being lie in social equality, connection to the earth, and developing meaningful relationships.

Suraya Foster, Chief Development Officer

Suraya is a chemistry student at Northeastern University. Hiking and being in nature have played a huge part in her life. Through Mass Hike, she works to help bring that experience to as many people as possible.

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Milo Golub, Chief Financial Officer

Milo is a graduate student at Bentley University for Information Technology. He believes all city dwellers can live happier and healthier lives if they can get out to the woods every now and then. 

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Rena Collette, Board Member

 

Rena loves hiking. She works to make sure Mass Hike riders are getting the most out of trips, focusing her energy on operations and user experience. In her free time, she's either climbing Mount Monadnock or hanging out with her dog Prometheus.

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Rachelle Pierre, Marketing and Development Officer

Both a Boston native and lover of the great outdoors, Rachelle is eager to share her passion with others through Mass Hike. In her role as the Marketing and Development Officer, she works to cultivate new relationships with local businesses and organizations. 

 Malcolm Matheson, Founder and Board Member  Malcolm is a long-time Bostonian with a background in medicine and non-profit development. As a board member, his significant expertise in leading community health initiatives is brought to the governance of Mass Hike.

Malcolm Matheson, Founder and Board Member

Malcolm is a long-time Bostonian with a background in medicine and non-profit development. As a board member, his significant expertise in leading community health initiatives is brought to the governance of Mass Hike.


...a number of studies connect “green exercise” outdoors in nature with greater feelings of enjoyment, energy, vitality, restoration, and self-esteem.
— American Public Health Association