Hiking & Outdoors Group - Since 1977
Berkshire Knapsackers

SPRING 2021 EVENTS​


Saturday June 5, 2021 - Mt. Toby – Sunderland, MA
B-3-C: We will hike a 6-7 mile loop to include the top of Mt. Toby and possibly Roaring Mt. along
the way. We will start on the Robert Frost trail (orange) and return via Tower Rd.
Leave Time: 10:00 AM from Trailhead on Reservation Road in Sunderland, MA
Leader: Julie Kraus - juliekraus77@gmail.com

Sunday June 6, 2021 -Hoosac Range Trail, North Adams, MA
B-3-C: Hike 6 miles total, 3 miles in to a stunning view and 3 miles return by the same trail.
Directions: Route 2 out of North Adams, drive up and up past the Western Summit. BNRC Parking
Lot on right. Bring a lunch and water. Can be cool on top of the range, so dress appropriately.
Carpooling is suggested.
Leave Time: 10:00 AM from BNRC Parking Lot
Leader: Sharon Costello - scostello359@gmail.com


Sunday June 20, 2021 -Berlin Mountain - Berlin, NY
B-3-B: Hike 5.5 miles to the summit of Berlin Mountain and back, elevation gain of 1,230 ft. We’ll
leave from the trailhead at Petersburg Pass on Rt. 2 and head south on the Taconic Crest trail. Dog Friendly.
Leave Time: Contact leader for time; leave from the trailhead at Petersburg Pass.
Leader: Harold Moon - 413-464-4995; or moonharold@aol.com


Saturday June 26, 2021 -Monroe State Forest, Dunbar Brook Trail, Florida MA
B-3-B: Hike +/- 6 miles on Dunbar Brook Trail and enjoy the views from Raycroft Lookout. The
CCC-built Raycroft Lookout offers magnificent panoramas of the surrounding Hoosac and Green
Mountains and Deerfield River. Elevation gain is 1,236 ft. Dog Friendly.
Directions: From Route 2, turn onto Whitcomb Hill Rd, then turn left onto River Rd.
Leave Time: 10:00 AM from River Rd. trailhead
Leader: Sally Partridge - 413-822-2818; or skpartridge@gmail.com



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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COVID 19 NOTICE: 
At the time of publication of this newsletter, hikes are
limited due to COVID-19 Massachusetts regulations to a maximum of 12 people in one group although the hike leader may additionally reduce the number if advisable. Therefore, hikers MUST contact the leader in advance to reserve a spot on the hike so that attendance can be limited in accordance with state regulations. Please help the hike leader maintain 6 ft. minimum distancing between hikers as also required by the regulations.
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