Hiking & Outdoors Group - Since 1977
Berkshire Knapsackers
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2022 Fall Schedule




Saturday, August 27, 2022 Historic Kennedy Park - Lenox, MA
B-3-C: Starting at the Arcadian Shop parking lot off of Rt. 20, in Lenox, we will explore this historic area, with
mileage totalling ~ 6.0 miles, with an elevation gain of 791'. Start out going to Cold Springs to view the old
water source/well. From there, across Deer Run, Coakley Main, to picnic to enjoy wonderful views. In route, many historic aspects of the grounds of the Gilded Age's famed Aspinwall Hotel. Down Red neck, along Brook,
and up Balance Rock to Balance rock and another nice view. Once we visit "Stonehenge," meet up with Log Hop, 
Acorn, then connecting with Aspinwall to take us back to the start. Dog Friendly. ֛֚֘֙֜֝ Rain cancels.
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time. 
Leader: Jim Solon - jsolon3680@aol.com or 630-881-5343

Monday, September 5, 2022 Mt. Everett Summit, via Elbow Trail, Berkshire School - Sheffield, MA
B-3-B: Hike to the summit of Mt. Everett and back via the Elbow Trail from Berkshire School, approximately
6 miles, +1800ft. elevation gain. Dog Friendly. 
Leave: 10:00 AM from the Berkshire School parking lot, by the gym.
Leader: Greg Shields - Greg.shields@protonmail.com or 518-248-2178 voice/txt

Saturday, September 10, 2022 Finerty Pond via Appalachian Trail then back via Finerty Trail -Becket, MA
B-3-B: In the October Mt State Forest, we will start at the AT trailhead off of Rt. 20 in Lee, using the AT to Becket Mt., then over to Walling Mt., before enjoying Finerty Pond. We will loop back, using the Finerty Trail. Total mileage is 5 miles, with an elevation gain of 1358'. We can carpool from Carr Hardware in Lenox.
Dog Friendly.  Rain Cancels.
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time.
Leader: Jim Solon - jsolon3680@aol.com or 630-881-5343

Saturday, September 17, 2022 Mt. Greylock St. Reservation - Williamstown, MA
A/AA-3-B: We will climb Mt Greylock using the Hopper Trail and the AT. Our return route will include a
walk on Sperry Rd to Stony Ledges and the Haley Farm Trail. The hike will be approx. 10 miles. Dog Friendly. 
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time.
Leader: Russ Cannizzaro - russcann@yahoo.com or 919-576-6109

CANCELLED - Sunday, September 25, 2022 October Mt. Loop - Lee, MA
B-3-B: Beginning at the trailhead on Roaring Brook Rd, just past Felton Lake Brook, we take the Gorge Trail
to Felton Lake, then connect with the Felton Trail, around October Mt., connecting with Roaring Brook Trail,
finally taking the October Mt. Trail back. Total Mileage is 7.0, with an elevation gain of 1522'. We can carpool
from Carr Hardware in Lenox. Dog Friendly. 
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time.
Leader: Jim Solon - jsolon3680@aol.com or 630-881-5343

Saturday, October 1, 2022 AT Dalton to Cheshire - Dalton, MA
B-3-C: We will meet in Cheshire at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail parking lot (by the Cheshire Post Office),
spot some cars, then travel to Dalton. We will hike 7.5'ish miles, passing Gore Pond, and enjoying the
magnificent views at the Cobbles, returning to our cars in Cheshire. We will then return people to their cars in
Dalton. Heavy rain cancels.
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time.
Leader: Michelle Filiault - arthemise29@gmail.com or 413-644-6748

Saturday, October 8, 2022 Mt Greylock, Stony Ledge - Williamstown, MA
B-3-B: This will be approximately 5.5 mile loop hike with 1529 ft elevation gain. Hike up Stony Ledge Trail
to Roaring Brook Trail via Sperry Road. There is a very nice lookout at Stony Ledge. Dog Friendly. 
Leave: 10:00 AM from the Roaring Brook Road Trailhead off of Rt. 7 in Williamstown.
Leader: Sally Partridge - skpartridge@gmail.com or 413-822-2818

Sunday, October 9, 2022 Berlin Mtn. via Taconic Crest Trail - Berlin, NY
B-3-B: Hike Berlin Mtn. via Taconic Crest Trail, 5.4 miles out and back, 1263' elevation gain.
Leave: 9:00 AM from the trailhead at Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2.
Leader: Scott Latvalla - latvalla@aol.com

Saturday, October 15, 2022 Bald Mt. – Bennington, VT
B/A-3-B: This out & back hike in the Green Mt. National Forest will be approximately 7.9+ miles with an elevation gain of 2,162 ft. There will be a tunnel we go through to go under Rt. 279, great vistas and hopefully some nice fall color. 
Dog Friendly.  
Leave: 9:30 AM from trailhead just off North Branch St. in Bennington, Vt. (42.88990,-73.18066).
Leader: Julie Kraus – please notify at juliekraus77@gmail.com or text at 413-579-4325

Sunday, October 16, 2022 Indian Ladder, John Boyd Thacher State Park - Voorheesville, NY
B-3-C: Hike at least 6-7 miles along the Escarpment Trail and over to the Hang-Gliding Overlook, and then
back around. Approximately 250ft of elevation gain. The views extend North, East and West many, many
miles. 5-star views. There is a six-dollar entrance fee per vehicle. Dogs on a leash OK. ֛֚֘֙֜֝ 
Leave: 10:00 AM from Visitors Center Parking Lot (42°39'17.2"N 74°01'03.5"W).
Leader: Greg Shields - greg_shields@outlook.com or 518-248-2178
Saturday, October 22, 2022 Alander Mountain - Mt. Washington, MA
B-3-B: Hike from Washington Mtn. Headquarters, hiking 3 miles up and 3 miles back down. Dog Friendly.
 Rain Cancels.
Leave: 10:00 AM from Washington Mtn. Headquarters.
Leader: Melanie Levitan - 423-446-3952 or melaniedr@aol.com

Saturday, October 29, 2022 Seven Sisters Hike - Hadley, MA
B-3-A: This hike will climb seven distinct summits, known as The Seven Sisters, over 6 miles and will require
us to spot cars. There will be excellent views and lots of climbing. Dog Friendly. 
Leave: Contact Dee Dice for meeting time and place.
Leader: Dee Dice-green@dicehome.com, Co-leader: Russ Cannizzaro - russcann@yahoo.com 919-576-6109

Sunday, October 30, 2022 Sarah Tenney Trail - Berlin, NY
B-3-B: Hike the Sarah Tenney Trail starting with a steep ascent up old ski trail to Petersburg Pass and Taconic
Crest Trail., then down Shepherd's Well to RRR trail. About 6-7 mile loop with about 800 ft elevation gain.
Dog Friendly. Rain cancels.
Leave: Contact Vicky Singer for meeting time and place.
Leader: Vicky Singer - vsinger30@gmail.com or 413-841-5246

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Flag Rock, Monument Mountain Reservation - Great Barrington, MA
C-3-C: We will hike up to Flag Rock from the trailhead on Rt.183. This is a pretty trail with some huge
boulders throughout and not usually crowded. At Flag Rock we will enjoy the view and a snack break before
heading the way we came up. If we are feeling ambitious we can always take the connector trail over to the
Monument Mtn side for extra miles and views. Dogs on leash are welcome. Pre-registration is required.
Leave: Contact Tracy for meeting time; meet at parking area on Rt.183, just north of Taft Farms.
Leader: Tracy - arahowtato@gmail.com or 845-416-4536

Saturday, November 12, 2022 Lion's Head - Salisbury, CT
C-3-C: Hike 4.4 miles out and back. We will hike on the AT up to Lion's Head. This trail has varying terrain
and a short rock scramble up to the view. On a clear day the view is amazing. We will hang out for a
snack/lunch break and head back down the way we came. Dogs on leash are welcome. ֛֚֘֙֜֝᪯᪰᪱᪲᪳᪴ Pre-registration
is required. I will cap this at 10 hikers total.
Leave: Contact Tracy for meeting time. Meet at the parking area on Rt. 41 in Salisbury. There is a tiny sign
that says Appalachian Trail, it is very easy to miss this lot!!! It is also a tiny lot so I encourage car pooling.
Leader: Tracy - arahowtato@gmail.com or 845-416-4536

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Alford Springs (BNRC Preserve) - Alford, MA
B-3-C: It is a Loop hike of approximately 5-6 miles +500ft. of elevation gain. Dog Friendly. ֛֚֘֙֜֝
Leave: 10:00 AM from the “Father Loop” trail head parking lot, Alford, MA (42°14'53.2"N 73°26'44.6"W).
Leader: Greg Shields, Greg.shields@protonmail.com; 518-248-2178 voice/txt.

Saturday, November 26, 2022 Section 8 of the NET (7 Sisters' Mean Brother ) - Amherst, MA
C-3-B/A: This trail, the next segment of the New England Trail, picks up from the Seven Sisters and is a 4.7
mile point to point hike with an elevation gain of 1230.3 ft., lots of ups & downs and a challenging trail. We
will go to the summit of Mt. Norwottuck, thru the Horse Caves, and have lots of great views. We will need to
spot cars. Meet at trailhead on Harris Street, (42.30754,-72.47080) at 9:45 AM, then we will drive to trailhead
at the Notch Visitor Center on Rt. 116 (42.30500,-72.52850). Dog Friendly. ֛֚֘֙֜֝
Leave: 9:45 AM meet at trailhead on Harris Street to spot cars, (42.30754,-72.47080) at 9:45 AM.
Leader: Julie Kraus – please notify at juliekraus77@gmail.com or text at 413-579-4325

Sunday, December 4, 2022 Mount Tremper - Phoenicia, NY
B-3-B: This will be an out and back hike to the fire tower on the summit of Mount Tremper. Approximately 8
miles with an elevation gain of 1906 feet. We’ll begin the hike at the Jessup Road trailhead in Willow, NY.
Dog Friendly.Leave: 8:30 AM meet at the “Park and Ride” at Exit 21B of the New York State Thruway.
Leader: Mary Vadney - twoblu2@ aol.com or 518-894-2011

Saturday, December 10, 2022 Sunset Rock - Taconic State Park, Copake Falls, NY
C-3-C: This trail starts across from the Bash Bish parking lot. The trail up follows a beautiful stream. At
Sunset Rock we will stop to enjoy the beautiful view and have snack/lunch break. We start down the way we
came and turn off to finish the loop. Afterwards, if anyone wants to, we can walk the short distance (.8 mile) to
see Bash Bish. Dogs on leash are welcome. ֛֚Pre-registration is required.Leave: Contact Tracy for meeting time; big parking lot for Bash Bish on Rt 343 in New York.
Leader: Tracy - arahowtato@gmail.com or 845-416-4536

Sunday, December 11, 2022 Berlin Road Preserve - Williamtown, MA
C-4-C/D: We will hike a loop of about 2.5 - 3 miles. There is a short uphill climb to start then it is mostly a
gentle downhill and level hike with a look at a small waterfall.
Leave: 10:00 AM from trailhead parking lot at end of Berlin Mt. Road. From Rte 7 go west on Rte 2. Take a
fairly quick left onto Torrey Woods Road. Keep going straight to end as Torrey Woods Road becomes Berlin
Mt. Road and turns to gravel.
Leader: Marion Grillon - mariongrillon@hotmail.com or 413-663-8700


About Us​
Berkshire Knapsackers was founded in Sept 1977 by Kay Wood, Jack Murphy, Eric Teet, Stanley Wilk, Ann Fitz & Betty Conover. Kay Wood and Jack Murphy among others sent out requests to join and 60 members were signed up, many of whom are still members today. Activities the first year consisted of 21 hikes covering 132 miles. The original group celebrated their 10th anniversary in 1987 at the Audubon Society in Lenox, and their 25th anniversary at October Mountain Lake.

We currently have over 50 outings between September and June with more than 100 members, ranging in age from 20's to 80’s, who value healthy living and an appreciation of nature and the beauty of the Berkshires fostered by outdoor exercise in a social group setting. Outings consist of Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Kayaking & Biking as well as an annual New Years Day potluck.

We carry on their legacy with the original hiking club shaped into what it is today.

 In Memory of: 

Kay Wood, Tom Conry, Jack Murphy, Ted Thorne, Pat Plue 
Richard King, Bern Collins, Harry Oswain, Rudy Hoeltzel, Mike Monico