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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2022 Winter Schedule





Saturday, January 8, 2022 - Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown, MA
C-4-C: The trail is a double loop, mostly through reforested farmland. The forest is research space for Williams 
College students and faculty, with several features for studying weather, water flow, and the forest canopy. The trail is a 4 1/2-mile double loop with terrain ranging from very smooth to rocky/washed out. 
Elevation gain is a mere 635 feet. The upper loop connects to the Birch Brook Trail (not a part of this hike), 
which climbs the east-facing slope of the Taconic Range to connect to the Taconic Crest Trail.
Leave: 9:00 AM; parking is at the near end of Hopkins Memorial Forest Drive, off of NW Hill Road in Williamstown.
Leader: Karen Gorss Benko, karengorssbenko@gmail.com, 413-652-9913.

[CANCELLED] Sunday, January 9, 2022 - BNRC Property - Clam River, Sandisfield, MABNRC Property
C-3-C: We will hike 1.5 miles along this wild river and see evidence of a time when the stream and its surrounding area were not so wild: traces of a dam, extensive stone walls, and an intact house foundation. The 550-acre property offers three connected trails of 4.3 miles with moderate change in elevation. The plan is to do all three trails: Clam River, Clam River Loop and Hammertown Loop, but decisions will be made based on present conditions and weather. This land, and all of the present-day Berkshires, are the ancestral homeland of the Mohican people, who were forcefully displaced to Wisconsin by European colonization. These lands continue to be of great significance to the
Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation today.
Leave: Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Trish Johnston, patcjohnston@gmail.com, cell: 832-649-0372.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - Knox Trail Hike, Otis, MA
C-3-C: Hike on the actual date the path of the cannons captured at Ft. Ticonderoga as they were transported 
through Otis by Colonel Henry Knox to the revolutionary forces in Boston. Tom Ragusa will be joining us on 
the hike.  Tom is a historian and surveyor of the Knox Trail and gives periodic tours of the trail for the Otis 
Historical Commission of which he is a member. This is a 2-way hike, set up to be an in-and-out of 
approximately 6 miles but for those wanting only a 3-mile hike, arrangements (given advance notice) can be 
made to spot your vehicle at the 3-mile mark of the hike.  (Approx. 750’ total elevation gain, 375’ for 3-mile version).  
The hike will NOT be canceled because of bad weather, if the cannons made it through in fowl/foul 
weather so can hikers.  If conditions warrant, snowshoes might be necessary.
Leave: 9:30 AM; Meet at pull off on left side of Rt. 8 just north of the foot bridge just north of the
11.0-mile marker on Rt. 8.  Contact leader to spot your vehicle at TBD AM for 3-mile hike.
Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 339 222-7203 (cell), dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, January 15, 2022 - Second Annual Winter Hike on Sanderson Brook - Falls Loop, Blandford, MA.
B-3-B: We will once again hike 5-6 miles with the first mile being very steep. The view afterwards will be worth it. We will continue around the loop and finish with the Sanderson Brook Waterfall which is beautiful in the winter covered in ice. Option: We can add a short trail to the hike and see the top of the waterfall! We will not go down the goat path along the waterfall until the second annual spring version of this hike. Dog Friendly. Micro spikes.
Leave: 9:30 AM; from the parking lot for Sanderson Brook Falls off route 20 in Chester/Blandford
State Forest. Across from Bannish Lumber.
Leader: Julie Kraus, juliekraus77@gmail.com.

Monday, January 17, 2022 - Full Moon Hike at The Boulders, Pittsfield, MA
C-3-C: Hike approximately 3.5 miles under a full moon, from Dalton Ave. up the trail to The
Boulders overlooking Pittsfield. It will be a snowshoe if conditions warrant. Cancel for rain or cloud cover.
Leave: 6:30 PM; from the Boulders Parking Lot on Dalton Ave. across from the Hubbard Rd. traffic light.
Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 (home), 339-222-7203 (cell) or dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - The Boulders and Brewery, Pittsfield, MA
C-3-C: Hike a casual 5 miles up and around The Boulders in Dalton, MA, with lunch to follow, for
those interested, at the Wandering Star Brewery, off Merrill Rd. in Pittsfield, right by The Boulders.
The Wandering Star Brewery does not have restaurant capabili ty but they have seating for dining,
sampling, and savoring at least 8 of their brews on tap. We can bring our lunches in, pick up a pizza
on the way at Pizza Hut of Papa Gino’s, or a lunch from O’Laughlin’s Restaurant next door to the
brewery. State COVID19 regulations may prevent lunch at the Brewery.
Leave: 10:00 AM; from the Boulders Parking Lot on Dalton Ave. across from the Hubbard Rd. traffic light.
Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 (home), 339-222-7203 (cell) or dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield MA
B-3-B: This hike is approximately 6 miles and 1,036 ft elevation gain. Hike Honolulu Trail to
Honwee Mountain and return via Churchill Brook/Balance Rock Trails. Dog friendly.
Leave: Contact hike leader.
Leader: Sally Partridge - skpartridge@gmail.com, 413-822-2818.

Saturday, February 5, 2022 - Snowshoe/Hike on Little Pond Trail, Woodford, Vermont.
C-3-C: There is always snow in Woodford in the winter, so this will most likely be a snowshoe hike.
There will be a chance that the snowmobiles have packed down some of the trail. We will do 4.8 miles
to Little Pond and back. Option: After I do a pre-hike, we may be able to make this a 6.3 mile trip (B-
3-C). Dog Friendly if they are comfortable with the possibility of snowmobiles. Snowshoes & Micro spikes.
Leave: 9:30 AM; from VT route 9 (42.89471,-73.05934) More parking details TBA.
Leader: Julie Kraus, juliekraus77@gmail.com.

Sunday, February 6, 2022 – Mount Greylock – Cheshire Harbor Trail, Adams, MA
B-3-B: We will hike or snowshoe up the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the summit of Mt Greylock. This
hike will be about six miles. This is a dog friendly hike.
Leave: 10:00AM; from parking area on West Mountain Rd.
Leader: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - Perry's Peak Loop, Richmond, MA
C-3-B: Perry's Peak Trail is a 4.9 mile loop with 885 ft elevation gain. It is rated as Easy on AllTrails.
Depending on conditions we will either hike (may need spikes) or snowshoe. Dog friendly.
Leave: 10:00 AM; from parking lot on Perry Peak Rd. Please pre-register for carpool-limited parking.
Leader: Sally Partridge, skpartridge@gmail.com, 413-822-2818.
Saturday, February 19, 2022 - Guilder Pond and Mount Everett, Mount Washington MA
B-3-C: A hike or snowshoe to the summit of Mount Everett and then back to loop around Guilder
pond, about 5 miles. Dog friendly.
Leave: 10:00 AM; meet at Mount Everett State Reservation on East Street at first gate.
Leader: Mary Vadney - twoblu2@aol.com, 518-894-2011.

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA
B-3-B: Ski/Snowshoe/Hike Explore Pittsfield bike trails and beaver pond. About 5 miles, 3 hours.
Meeting time and activity depend on weather. Rain cancels. Dog friendly.
Leave: Contact hike leader.
Leader: Vicky Singer, vsinger30@gmail.com or text 413 841 5246.

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA
C-3-C: Beartown hike or snowshoe: 3.5 miles, relatively easy. Meet at boat launch parking area at Benedict Pond in Beartown State Park at 10 AM. We will hike halfway around the pond then follow the dirt road to red trail and back to cars. Lunch to follow at Barrington Brewery. Bring water, poles, snack and snowshoes or microspikes as needed.
Leave: 10:00 AM; from boat launch parking area at Benedict Pond, Beartown State Park
Leader: Nancy King, 1 (413) 644-8873, King2380@roadrunner.com

Saturday, March 5, 2022 - Maple Hill via Long Trail, Bennington, VT (Glastenbury Wilderness)
B-3-B: We will hike about 5 miles out and back. There will be 1362ft of elevation gain, most of that occurring in the first 1-2 miles. Option: Depending on the amount of snow and trail conditions, we could extend the hike to Little Pond and come out via Little Pond Trail (from 2/5/22 hike). We would have to spot cars and decide if we want to do 8 miles that day. My pre-hike will provide more info for that decision. 
Dog Friendly. Depending on conditions bring micro spikes/snowshoes.
Leave: 9:30 AM; from the Long Trail parking area off Route 9 in Bennington, VT, on the way up to
Woodford, Vt. (42.88525,-73.11548)
Leader: Julie Kraus, juliekraus77@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 12, 2022 - Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA (Lee Entrance)
B-3-B: Ski/Snowshoe/Hike Beartown from Meadow St entrance off 102. 7 mile loop on old roads
around Mt. Wilcox. Meeting time and activity depend on the weather. Rain cancels. Dog friendly.
Leave: Contact hike leader.
Leader: Vicky Singer, vsinger30@gmail.com or text 413 841 5246.

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – Pine Cobble Trail to Vermont, Williamstown, MA
B-3-B: We will hike/snowshoe on the Pine Cobble Trail up the junction with the Appalachian Trail.
We will then follow the AT to the Vermont border. We will start our return on the AT and then take
the Class of ’98 Trail to the Pine Cobble Trail and return to the cars. 6.8 miles, Dog friendly.
Leave: 10:00 AM; from the Pine Cobble trailhead parking area on Pine Cobble Rd.
Leader: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.

Saturday, March 19, 2022 - Bear Mtn., Undermountain Trail, Salisbury CT
B-3-B: We will hike the undermountain trail to the AT and then continue on to the Bear Mtn. summit.
There are excellent views from the summit. Traction devises are required. Inclement weather or
dangerous road conditions will cancel. This hike is approx. 5 miles round trip. Dog friendly.
Leave: 9:30 AM; from the undermountain trailhead on Route 41.
Leader: Russ Cannizzaro, russcann@yahoo.com. Cell-919-576-6109.

Sunday, March 27, 2022 - March Cataract, Mt. Greylock, Williamstown, MA
B-3-B/C: Let’s see this attractive waterfall in its namesake month. We’ll hike the Roaring Brook Trail a strenuous 1.9 mi. to Sperry Rd. near the campground. From there, it’s a moderate 1.6 miles to this attractive seasonal waterfall. We’ll return to the start along the same route. Rain cancels. Snow/ice climbing aids may be needed.
Leave: 9:30 AM; from Roaring Brook Rd., at the trailhead, right off Rt. 7, just south of Waubeka CC
Leader: Joe Brindisi, uffda17@verizon.net.​

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
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