Hiking & Outdoors Group - Since 1977
Berkshire Knapsackers
COVID 19 NOTICE: Since most COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted at the time of this printing, the committee is not imposing any of its own. The hike leader may determine any restrictions for the hike (such as the size of the group, pre-registration, masks, social distancing, etc.) with the restrictions being specified in the hike write-up. Anyone is welcome to wear a mask, of course, if desired. Hikers will be expected to comply with future state or federal COVID 19 regulations or mandates if enacted.
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2024 Winter Schedule

(NEW DATE) Sunday, February 25, 2024 - Alford Springs (BNRC Property), Alford, MA
B-3-B: Five-mile lollipop-loop, 1020’ elevation gain 
Meet at the SaddleTrailhead parking lot on West Road. Snowshoes and/or traction aids may be required. From the parking lot, we will climb 400’ for a mile on the Saddle trail to the intersection with the 3-mile Father Loop trail. The reserve, named for feeder streams of Alford Brook and the Green River, offers vistas of Greylock and Tom Ball mountains and Alford Valley. You can contact me with any questions.
Leave: 9:30 AM from Alford Springs - Saddle Trail, Alford, MA 01266
Leader: Must register for this hike. Contact leader Trish Johnston at patcjohnston@gmail.com or 832-649-0372 voice/txt.

Sunday, March 3, 2024 - Taconic Crest Trail from Rt. 346, Petersburgh, NY
B-3-B: Thru Hike, ~8 mi, +2700 ft. Taconic Crest Trail from Rt. 346 Parking Area South to the Petersburg Pass Parking Area. Thru hike, we will need to spot cars. 4 great view points plus the "Snow Hole" along the way. Please bring Snow shoes and Microspikes.
Leave: 9:30 AM from Petersburg Pass Parking area, (42.723939, -73.278382) This is where we will end. We will spot cars from here to the beginning in Petersburgh at the Rt 347 Trailhead.
Leader: Greg Shields, Greg.shields@protonmail.com; 518-248-2178 voice/txt.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 - Mt. Anthony Summit Trail(s)/Everett's Cave & Mansion - Bennington, Vt.
B-3-C/B: We will hike 1 mile to the summit of Mt. Anthony, (elevation gain 1223 ft.) then I need to explore all the trails up there first to see which ones will bring us to a total of 5-8 miles. But we will see the Mansion that was the Novitiate Farmhouse years ago when I was a kid, and then became Southern Vermont College for a while. Pack your flashlights & headlamps, because we will go into the main room of Everett's Cave! Won't make you crawl all around the places we did when I was young. 😁 Depending how winter goes, we may need to keep the hike closer to 5 miles and need microspikes and/or snowshoes. 
Leave: 9:30 AM from trailhead at the end of Mansion Rd. (42.86589, -73.21884)
Leader: Julie Kraus - juliekraus77@gmail.com or text at 413-579-4325

(NEW DATE) Saturday, March 16, 2024-“Joe Dobo’s 80th BD Hike”-Pittsfield State Forest - Pittsfield, MA 🐕 
B-3-B: Hike Turner Trail to Berry Pond Circuit Road. Walk the road past Berry Hill Viewpoint and Berry Pond. Connect to the Tilden Swamp trail and hike down Parker Brook Trail to cars. This hike is just under 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1025ft. Dog Friendly.
After the hike, we will be celebrating Joe Doboszynski’s 80th birthday! If you can join the celebration, please email Sally and/or Kate for details.
Leave: 9:00 AM Pittsfield State Forest, Cascade Street, Ski Lodge parking area. 
 GPS: 42.48529, -73.30055
Leaders: Sally Partridge - skpartridge@gmail.com or 413-822-2818 and Kate Alexander - katesday@gmail.com or 413-822-3396​

(NEW DATE) Saturday March 30, 2024 - Three Mile Hill Trail, Great Barrington, MA
C-3/4-C: This will be a 3.5 mile loop, including sidewalk and paved path. We will start at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center parking lot and get the paved walking out of the way first. We have a short stroll through a meadow and into the woods. We will take a slight detour to see Fountain Pond and Monument Mountain. The rest is a lovely walk through the woods ending up back at our cars. Elevation gain is about 350', some hills but not strenuous. If there is enough snow to snowshoe we will just do this as an out and back to Fountain Pond and skip the pavement, then it will be 4 miles total. We meet at the Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Rd, Great Barrington, at the pretty bench by the trailhead kiosk. Text or email Tracy for start time arahowtato@gmail.com 845-416-4536. Dogs on leash are welcome.
Leave: Berkshire South Regional Community Center on Crissey Rd, Great Barrington, at the pretty bench by the trailhead kiosk. Contact leader for time.
Leader: Tracy for start time arahowtato@gmail.com 845-416-4536

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