Saturday, January 8, 2011
Housatonic River, Lenox, MA

"A pleasant paddling experience showed the river as few people have seen it, glistening with snow and ice.  A colony of bluebirds were found bustling in the trees.  The temperature was about 22 degrees F but there was no wind and nobody felt cold.  The picture shows us paddling up river."

























































































Berkshire Knapsackers Winter Events 2017

Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Annual Berkshire Knapsacker New Years Day Hike and Gathering

This year’s gathering will be held at the Lenox Sportsman’s Club, New Lenox Rd., Lenox, MA. The facility will be open at 10:00 AM for set-up and dropping off of food. The hike (or snowshoe as conditions warrant) will be at Kennedy Park, lead by Melanie Levitan. We will leave the Clubhouse by 10:30 and return around 12:30. Pot-luck lunch will be at 1:00 PM. Drop off food before hiking. Bring your own place setting, serving utensils, and an appetizer, dessert, salad, or entree to share. Club will provide tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. A short business meeting will be held following lunch. Program will begin around 2:00 PM. Knapsackers member Harold Moon will talk about and show pictures of his adventures along his 1100 mile attempt to “through hike” the AT (Appalachian Trail) this spring.
Call a committee member with any questions.

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Housatonic River, Lenox, MA
Kayak up the Housatonic River for about 1.5 hours from the Decker Boat Ramp, then back down. 
Cancels for rain or if air temperature is 20 degrees F or colder.
Meet: Decker Boat Ramp on New Lenox Rd., Lenox, MA at 12:30 PM. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, or dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tolland State Forest,
Sandisfield/Otis/Tolland, MA
B-3-C: Hike 8 miles through Tolland State Forest, along Farmington River, up through CCC camp, and then along Otis Reservoir Gilmore Trail onto Sawmill Trail, back down to the Farmington River. If snow conditions permit, hike will be changed to a 5 mile snowshoe. Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, or dobojc@aol.com


Sunday, January 15, 2017
Pittsfield State Forest
B-3-B: Ski (Maybe Snowshoe or hike - weather determines activity). Ski on bike trails past beaver pond and old growth forest or snowshoe/hike up Lulu Brook Trail. Bad weather cancels. Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Vicky Singer, vsinger30@gmail.com


Saturday, January 21, 2017
AT, Goose Pond to Rt. 20
A-3-B: We will hike the Appalachian Trail from Goose Pond to Rt 20 for a total of approx 5 miles.
Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Sue Snyder, 413.281.3303 or Ssnyder160@Gmail.com


Saturday, January 28, 2017
Harvey Mountain, Austerlitz, NY
B-3-C: Snowshoe /Hike 5 mile loop over Harvey Mt. and Pinnacle Point, elevation gain about 600 ft. Heavy snow or icy weather cancels the hike.
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Dennis Goff, 518.339.8782 or k2bmjb@ gmail.com.


WILL BE RESCHEDULED - Monument Mountain and Flag Rock, Stockbridge, MA
B-3B: Hike approximately 6 miles up and over Monument Mountain to Rt. 183, possibly with some bushwhacking.
Cars will be spotted as appropriate.
Leader: Pat Frik, 413.717.1547 or patfrik@gmail.com.


Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sages Ravine to Race Brook Falls Trail, Sheffield, MA
B-3-B: Sages Ravine is beautiful in the winter. We will start the hike/snowshoe on an approach trail on East St. and take the AT through Sages Ravine, along Laurel Ridge and over Mt. Race to the Race Brook Falls Trail. A total of almost 8 miles. We will spot cars at the Race Brook Trail parking area and then drive by Mt. Washington State Forrest on East St to the trailhead just over the state line into CT. (contact leader for option to meet at trailhead.)
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Harold Moon, 413.464.4995 or moonharold@aol.com


Saturday, February 11, 2017
Domeward Bound, Pownal, VT
B-3-C: We will snowshoe a moderate five mile loop starting toward "The Dome" on the Dome Trail, but will ascend only as far as Meeting House Rock where we will begin a very interesting descent of the Agawon Trail. A short stretch of the Broad Brook Trail, and a single brook crossing, will return us to the cars.
Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Pat Plue, 413.997.2120 or pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com


* PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE -
Sunday Feb 12 postponed to March 4th


Saturday, February 18, 2017
Myrin Preserve, Great Barrington, MA​
C-3-C: Hike/snowshoe 4-5 miles in the Myrin Preserve on Monument Valley Rd. We’ll pass by a beaver pond and through mixed woods along mostly flat terrain. This is a highly populated wildlife area, offering us opportunities to observe animal tracks and sign. Bring snacks, liquids, and dress for the conditions. 
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Hillary Filios, 413.442.8984 or sleuthusa@verizon.net


Saturday, February 25, 2017
Stony Ledge & Roaring Brook Trails, Williamstown, MA
B-3-B: We will snowshoe (or hike if no snow) up Stony Ledge Trail to the overlook, and return via Roaring Brook Trail. 5.6 miles. Elevation gain 1460 feet. Severe weather cancels - check with leader if unsure. 
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Michelle Filiault, 413.822.0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com


Sunday, February 26, 2017
Greylock Glen, Adams, MA
C-3-C: We will start by hiking or snowshoeing, depending on the conditions, on the Cheshire Harbor Trail to the Gould Trail cut off, continuing on the Gould Trail to Gould Road. From there we will hike other various trails around the Glen returning to the cars.
Rain and or windy conditions cancel. 
Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Dotty Taft, 413.743.0384 or taftd@yahoo.com


*Saturday, March 4, 2017
Snowhole, Petersburg, NY
B-3-C: Hike/Snowshoe north on the Taconic Crest Trail to the snow hole and returning on the same trail, approximately 5 miles.
Heavy snow or rain cancels.
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Mary Vadney, 518.756.3881 or 518.894.2011, twoblu2@aol.com


Saturday, March 11, 2017
Brother Trail/Stevens Glen/ Heritage House
C-3-C: Check out a few BNRC properties the Brothers Trail in Lenox, then Steven's Glen in Richmond before enjoying a lunch and cocktail at the Heritage House in Lenox. 
Contact leader for meeting time and place.
Leader: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or Ssnyder160@Gmail.Com


Saturday, March 18, 2017
Burbank Trail, Lenox, MA
B-3-B: Snowshoe or hike the Burbank Trail from
Olivia's Outlook, past Monk's Pond and onto the Brother's
Trail back to Olivia's Outlook.
Bad weather cancels.
Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Contact Vicky Singer, vsinger30@gmail.com


Saturday, March 25, 2017
Rounds Rock Loop Hike/Snowshoe 
(take 2)
B-3-C: I am leading this hike for the Mohawk Hudson AMC, but Berkshire Knapsackers are welcome. We will leave the Visitors Center parking lot and take the Bradley Farm Trail, Northrup Trail, and Rounds Rock Trail to some scenic vistas. We will return via Woodson Spring and Bradley Farm Trails. 7'ish
miles. Elevation gain 920 feet. Snowshoes and/or traction devices may be strongly recommended depending on conditions.
Severe weather cancels.
Contact leader for meeting time and place. 
Leader: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com (email preferred)



Berkshire Knapsackers Spring Events 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Boulders, Dalton 
C-3-D A 4-5 mile loop.
Meet: at Trailhead.
From Pittsfield take Rt. 9 east towards Dalton. Take a left onto Park Avenue. Take another left onto Gulf Road. Trailhead parking is 0.25 miles ahead on the left
Leader: Margaret Cahill, 413-842-5248 or mgcahill@aol.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, April 1, 2017
Mt. Greylock - No Fooling
A-3-B Hike/Micro-Spike/Snowshoe? We will hike for a total of about 9 miles, and, an elevation gain of 2,252', via the Bernard Farm trail, and the AT, to the summit. 
Meet: Notch Road trailhead parking lot - North Adams, MA.
Heavy snow or rain cancels.
Leader: Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782 or k2bmjb@gmail.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, April 8, 2017
Tolland State Forest Fire Tower, Tolland, MA 
B-3-C Hike 8 miles from State Forest Boat Ramp, on the Gilmore Trail, Belden Rd., Fire Tower Trail, around Lair Mountain back onto the Gilmore Trail.
Meet: Tolland State Park boat ramp parking lot, or 8:30 AM from Friendly’s parking lot Routs 7/20 or 8:45 AM from Friendly’s parking in Lee. 
Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com. 
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thunderbolt Trail to the Summit of Mt. Greylock, Adams, MA
B-3-B Hike up the Thunderbolt Trail to the summit and back. Approximately 5 miles.
Meet: Thiel Rd, Adams, MA
Leader: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.
Contact leader for time.


Sunday, April 23, 2017
Savoy State Forest, Savoy, MA
C-3-C/B Hike the Busby Trail to Spruce Hill. Includes 689 ft. elevation. Great panoramic view! 3 miles round trip.
Rain cancels.  
Meet: Big Y Adams, Rt. 116.
Leader: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 or taftd@yahoo.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, April 29, 2017
Myrin Preserve, Great Barrington, MA
C-3-C Hike 4-5 miles in the Myrin Preserve on Monument Valley Rd. We’ll pass by a beaver pond, and through mixed woods along mostly flat terrain. This is a highly populated wildlife area, offering us opportunities to observe animal tracks and sign. Bring snacks, liquids, bug spray for ticks, and dress for the conditions. 
Meet: Monument Mountain High School parking lot (near the tennis courts) on Monument Valley Rd off Rt. 7, Great Barrington to carpool as there is limited parking at the trailhead.
Leader: Hillary Filios, 413.442.8984 or sleuthusa@verizon.net.
Contact leader for time.


Sunday, April 30, 2017
Becket Quarry and Forest, Becket, MA
B.3.C Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket. 
Meet: 10 AM, Becket Quarry Parking Area.  
Leader: Ann Krawet, 413-623-6069, 845-341-3066 or anndavek@gmail.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, May 6, 2017
AT from LP Adams in Dalton to Kay Woods Shelter 
B-3-C 4-5 mile hike along the AT  
Meet: LP Adams.
Leader: Margaret Cahill, 413-842-5248 or mgcahill@aol.com.
Contact leader for time.


Sunday, May 7, 2017
Connecticut AT, Falls Village to Salisbury, CT
B-3-C This 6.5 mile hike starts by heading northwest away from the Great Falls. The AT ascends moderately (elevation gain 1000' in 2 miles) to the summit of Prospect Mt. (1,461')
with a view. The trail then becomes rolling in the descent passing Rand's View, Giant's Thumb
on Raccoon Hill (1285'), Billy's View (1,120' lunch), onto west shoulder of Barrack Matiff also known as Wetauwanchu Mt. The AT begins a steep descent on switchbacks, (tree roots and
five rung ladder for steps), then becomes moderate and then gentler to field and cars. Expect leaf/pine needle footing and lot less rock. Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Rain cancels.
Meet: Roadside AT parking on Rt. 44 Salisbury, CT. Directions: From Canaan, CT, at junction of Rt. 44 & Rt. 7, travel West on Rt. 44 for approx. 5.5 miles. You will see yellow hiker signage & small oval AT sign. Roadside parking on left.
Leader: Please register with Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@icloud.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, May 13, 2017
Appalachian Trail Hike.
B-3-B I will be back in Massachusetts on the AT in May. I will announce the hike location and time when I get closer
Leader: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.
Contact leader for time.


Saturday, May 20, 2017
Greylock Range Traverse
AA-3-B We will hike 12.7 miles with an elevation gain of 2,390 feet. We will begin on the Money Brook Trail and turn onto the Mount Prospect Trail to climb Mount Prospect. We will turn onto the AT and ascend Mount Williams, continue along the AT over Mount Fitch and on to the summit of Mount Greylock. We will descend via the AT and Hopper to Sperry Road and the Haley Farm Trail. This will be a full, strenuous day on the trails. Please bring plenty of food and water. Although not rated as a “fast” paced hike, due to the length of the hike, we will be moving right along. Severe weather cancels, check with leader if unsure. 
Meet: Trailhead on Hopper Road, Williamstown.  
Leader: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Saturday, May 20, 2017
Bartholomew' s Cobble, Ashley Falls, MA
C-3-C Late spring wildflower walk around the perimeter of the Cobble; then to the top of Hurlburt Hill for lunch weather permitting. Bring lunch. Three-miles, easy terrain except for the Hurlburt Hill climb. Note: Parking fee for non-Trustee members. 
Meet: Bartholomew’s Cobble parking lot in Ashley Falls. 
Leader: Nancy King, king2380@roadrunner.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Sunday, May 21, 2017
Greylock Glen, Adams, MA 
C-3-C We will wander the trails of the Glen enjoying the woods and looking for wild flowers.
Rain cancels.
Meet: at the end of the Thiel Road (up past Jaeschke's Apple Orchard).
Leaders: Marion Grillon, 413-663-8700 or mariongrillon@hotmail.com and Kathy Lee. 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Monday, May 29, 2017
Dog friendly Notchview/Windsor State Forest, Windsor, MA
B-3-B 5-7 miles. Hike the Bumpas Trail and Steep Bank Brook.
Rain Cancels
Leader: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com. 
Contact Leader for meeting time and place.


Saturday, June 3, 2017
Mt Frissell and Mt Brace
A-3-C. From the Mt Washington State Forest Headquarters we will hike the Ashley Hill trail to the summit of Mt Frissell and then on to Mt Brace. Return will be via the same route with a possible shortcut down the Charcoal Pit trail. Heavy rain cancels.  
Meet: Mt Washington State Forest Headquarters. 
Leader: Mary Vadney, 518-756-3881 or twoblu2@aol.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Sunday, June 11, 2017
Appalachian Trail, Sheffield, MA
B-2-C Hike from Jug End to the Elbow Trail.
Meet: Berkshire School parking lot behind sports center, car pool from there.  
Leader: Pat Frik, 413-717-1547 or patfrik@gmail.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Saturday, June 17, 2017
Taconic Crest Trail from Rt. 2 in Petersburg, NY
to Pownal VT 
A-2-B This is an 8.0 mile hike from Rt .2 Petersburg Pass NY along the Taconic Crest Trail to Rt. 346 Pownal Vt. The hike will be south to north. Please bring lunch, snacks and water.
Meet: Bloedel Park across from the store at Five Corners Rt. 7 Williamstown. Please Call or email if you are planning to go at least one day in advance since a head count is needed so I can spot a vehicle(s) in Vt. before 9:00.
Leader: Tom Ostrowski, 413-499-0428 or tmostr@aol.com.
Contact leader for time.  


Saturday, June 24, 2017
Paddle and Hike on Upper Goose Pond, Lee MA
We will paddle via Lower Goose Pond to Upper Goose Pond and dock at the AT site. We can then hike on the AT for a mile or so, return for lunch and a swim before our return paddle.
Leaders: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com and Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com. 
Contact leader for details


Berkshire Knapsackers Fall Events 2017


Sunday, September 3, 2017
Sadawga Lake, Whitingham VT.  
Paddle - This is a 1.5-hour drive from Pittsfield to a lovely lake in VT that has a floating bog and inlet to explore. This will be an easy paddle. We can also swim. Bring lunch, water. Rain cancels;
please call if unsure.
For information contact leaders: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com & Marion Grillon, 413-663-8700 or mariongrillon@hotmail.com.  


Monday, September 4, 2017
Thunderbolt to Summit, Mount Greylock, Adams MA
B-3-B Kick off the fall hiking season with a slow to moderate paced hike up the Thunderbolt Trail to the summit of Mt. Greylock and back to the trailhead. Approximately 5 miles. Bring lunch and water.
Meet: 9:00 AM, 1st Parking area on Thiel Road.
Leader: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Full Moon Paddle, Cheshire Lake, Cheshire, MA
Paddle from the boat ramp across from the Bass Grill on Route 8. Please bring PFD and headlamp, water. Come celebrate the full moon. Bad weather cancels. Debrief at Bass Grill following. 
For information contact leader: Joe Dobosynski, 413-448-8359 (home), 339-222-7203 (cell) or dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, September 16, 2017 - October Mt. State Forest, Lee MA
Contact Leaders for details. (Under consideration, AT Rt. 20 to Pittsfield Rd., or Roaring Brook to Felton Pond and back, depending on weather. Heavy rain cancels.
For information contact leader: Sharon Costello scostello359@gmail.com & Doug Feick dgsfeick@gmail.com.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Jug End Loop, Egremont MA
B-3-B: Bring water and a snack. A moderate hike of about 3.5 to 4 miles. Heavy rain cancels. 
For information contact leader: Nancy King, 413-644-8873 or king2380@roadrunner.com.


Saturday, September 30, 2017 - East Mountain, Williamstown, MA
B-3-B: Hikers will meet at 9:30 AM at Greylock School on Phelps Ave., in North Adams. (Going west on Route 2 in North Adams turn left at the light past Greylock Works - a large brick mill building - onto Phelps Ave. The school is one block down on the left.) From here we will carpool to the Chestnut Trail in Williamstown. We will take the Chestnut Trail to the Class of '99 Trail to the AT which we will follow over East Mountain down into North Adams.
For information contact leader: Marion Grillon, 413-663-8700 or mariongrillon@hotmail.com.


October (date supplied later), 2017 Aerial Park Hike, Ramblewild, Lanesboro, MA
Test your abilities on the aerial course from beginner level to expert at your choosing. Monday through Thursday Berkshire County residents get a 25% discount off the $69 fee for 3.5 hours making admission $51.75. A 30-minute orientation is included. An email will be issued when a final date is determined.
For information contact leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 (home), 339-222-7203 (cell) or dobojc@aol.com.


Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Mount Greylock: Saddleball Mountain, Lanesborough, MA
B-3-B: Starting at Jones Nose, we will climb 3.6 miles and about 1100’ to the summit of Greylock along the Saddle Ball Mountain ridgeline that coincides with the A.T. After enjoying peak foliage and lunch on the summit, we will descend 4.4 miles via the A.T., Hopper Trail and a portion of Sperry Road to pick up the CCC Dynamite Trail to loop back south toward Jones Nose. Expect anything on top of Greylock in October, including snow and ice, so be prepared! Rain cancels. Total mileage: 8 miles; Vertical: approximately 1200’ gain.
For information contact leaders: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger30@gmail.com, & Karen Ross, 518-794-7474 or kcoyross@aol.com,.


Sunday, October 8, 2017 - Stoney Ledge, Williamstown, MA
B-3-B/C: Loop hike starting with a 2.2 mile uphill with switchbacks on the Haley Farm Trail to Stoney Ledge with great views of Mt. Greylock, the Hopper, and Vermont. We'll continue on Sperry Rd. for a mile, and return to parked cars via the Hopper Trail. 5.5 miles. Rain cancels. This is not a fast paced hike! Bring lunch and water.
For information contact leader: Dotty Taft 413-743-0384 or taftd@yahoo.com.


Saturday, October 14, 2017 - Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT.
B-3-B: We will hike about five miles over Bear Mountain, starting at the Undermountain Trailhead on Rt. 41 in CT. We will join the AT to summit Bear Mountain from the South and continue until we reach the Paradise Lane Trail junction. We will follow this trail back to the Undermountain Trail and return to the cars. Bring lunch and water.
For information contact leader: Harold Moon, 413-464-4996 or moonharold@aol.com. 


Sunday, October 15, 2017 - Alford Springs Reserve, Great Barrington, MA
B-3-C: 5-6 mile loop on trails and woods roads.
For information contact leader: Pat Frik, 413-274-1433 or patfrik@gmail.com.


Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA
Fall Gathering - We will have two hikes, one more strenuous including Tilden Swamp and one shorter one on the lower trails. Following the hikes we will gather to for hot dogs (provided) and brief discussion of club business. Together we can build our hiking club’s vitality. Please join us.
Meet: Longer hike: 10:00 AM at the Ski Club, find parking to the left as you enter
Shorter hike 11:00 AM at the Ski Club.
Hot Dogs: 1:00 PM, at the Ski Club Building. Rain does not cancel. Club provides hot dogs/buns.
Leaders: Club Committee Members


Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Shaker Mountain,
Pittsfiled State Forest, MA
B-3-B: We will start at the trailhead on Rt. 20 in Hancock. The hike will follow the North Family Trail the Holy Mountain Trail, the Shaker Brook Trail, the Doll Mountain Trail and the Shaker Mountain Trail. The hike will be about five miles. 
For information contact leader: Harold Moon, 413-464-4996 or moonharold@aol.com. 


Sunday, October 29 - Berlin Mountain, Petersburg, New York 
B-3-C: A Hike to the summit of Berlin Mt. along the Taconic Crest Trail, approximately 5 miles. Dog Friendly but please contact leader if you are bringing your dog.
For information contact leader: Mary Vadney, 518-894-2011 or twoblu2@aol.com.


Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Mt.Greylock, North Adams, MA
A-3-B: We will hike, for a total of about 9 miles, & an elevation gain of 2,252', via the Bernard Farm trail, and the AT, to the summit and return. Rain cancels.
For information contact leader: Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782 or k2bmjb@gmail.com.


Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown, MA
B-3-C - We'll hike 4 miles along the Carriage Rd. and Upper and Lower Loops of this reserve. Rain cancels. This is not a fast paced hike! Leave: 9:30am. 
For information contact leader: 
Dotty Taft 413-743-0384 or taftd@ yahoo.com.


Sunday, November 19, 2017
Beartown State Forest, Benedict Pond, Monterey, MA
B-3-B: approximately 8-mile loop, past newly rebuilt Wildcat Shelter and Mt. Wilcox area. Leave: 9:30am
For information contact leader: Pat Frik, 413-274-1433 or patfrik@gmail.com.​

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Mt. Everett and Race Brook Falls, Sheffield MA
A-3-A: We will follow the Race Brook Trail to the upper falls, turn south on the AT and ascend to Mt. Race. Then we continue north to Mt. Everett and Guilder Pond, back on the Elbow Trail. Approximately 9 miles. Bring lunch and water.
Leave: 9:00am
For information contact leader: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com


Sunday, December 3, 2017
Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, South St, Peru, MA
C-4-D: Snowshow/hike the sanctuary on several of the trails for a leisurely tour through the woods. 
Leave: 10:00am.
For information contact leader: Jan Chague, 413-637-1818 or
413-441-9971 or jg_chague@hotmail.com


Saturday, December 9, 2017
Canoe Meadows Audubon Sanctuary, Pittsfield, MA
C-4-D: Hike or snowshoe the flat trails of Canoe Meadows, along the river, through beaver habitat, and old growth forest trails, about 4 miles. Hopefully, there will be snow so we can find wildlife tracks of the many animals that inhabit this sanctuary. Dress for the conditions; bring liquids and snacks. We should be done before lunch. Call leader if weather may be an issue.
Leave: 9:30am.
For information contact leader: Hillary Filios, 413-442-8984 or hillaryfilios46@gmail.com


Saturday, December 16, 2017
Knox Trail, Otis, MA
C-3-C - Hike either 3 or 6 mile option (Otis to East Otis, and back for 6 mile option) along the trail used by Henry Knox to transport the cannons captured at Fort Ticonderoga to Bunker Hill. Contact leader for 3-mile option so cars can be spotted. Car pool information and a map will be put out on email the week before the hike.
Leave: 9:30am.
For information contact leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 (home), 339-222-7203 (cell) or dobojc@aol.com



Berkshire Knapsackers Winter Hikes 2016


Saturday, January 2 - Lion’s Head, Salisbury, CT
B.3.B/C - This part of the AT, heading north, is surprisingly flat with a moderate ascent in the beginning and a steep climb nearer to Lion'Head (1,738 ft). There is a short rocky climb or one may opt to follow the blue blazes (I have not taken) for a gentler climb to the north-east-south views. Short distance later there is a westerly view, will pass through remote wooded area on Riga Plateau (fairly flat), Riga campsite with easterly view, and crossing Ball and Brassie Brooks to junction of Undermountain Trail. This is where the hike will veer east, flat and descending to parked cars. Approximately 7 miles.  
For information contact: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@icloud.com.


Sunday, January 3 - Housatonic River, Lenox, MA
Kayak up the Housatonic River for about 1.5 hours from the Decker Boat Ramp, then back down. Cancels for rain or if air temperature is 20 degrees F or colder.  
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday January 9 - Basin Pond, Lee, MA
C.4.D - This is a 2.5 mile hike. The trail is notable for remarkable stonework that leads to the dam ruins and a view of the pond.  
For information contact: Dona Burdick 413-207-2026 or donajburdick@yahoo.com, orMargaret Cahill, 413-842-5248 or mgcahill@aol.com.


Saturday, January 16 - October Mt. Area, Pittsfield, MA
B.3.C - We will hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, exploring the Pittsfield watershed area along old roads. It will be about six miles. We will pass Ashley Lake, Sandwash Reservoir and October Mountain Lake, returning along the Appalachian Trail.
For information contact: Carl Filios 413-822-9119 or cefilios@verizon.net.


Sunday, January 17 - Tolland State Forest, Sandisfield/Tolland, MA
B.3.C - Hike 8 miles through Tolland State Forest, along Farmington River, up through CCC camp, and then along Otis Reservoir Gilmore Trail onto Sawmill Trail, back down to the Farmington River. If snow conditions permit, hike will be changed to a 5-mile snowshoe. 
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, January 23 -Lime Kiln Sanctuary, Sheffield, MA
C.4.D - This 3 mile easy snowshoe hike is a loop around an old farm property on Silver St. in Sheffield, passing an old lime kiln en route and viewing Mt. Everett and the Housatonic Valley. If no snow, yak trax or microspikes may be in order. As a Mass Audubon site, a $3 donation is requested on the honor system for non-members. After the hike, those who wish may join the leader for lunch at the Marketplace in Sheffield. Heavy rain or snowfall cancels.  
For information contact: Nancy King, 413-644-8873 or king2380@roadrunner.com.


Saturday, January 23 – Berkshire Hills MOONLIGHT Cross Country Ski, Pittsfield, MA
We will Cross Country ski around the golf course, with luck by the light of the moon. 
For information contact: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Sunday January 24 - Hike/Snowshoe Boulders, Dalton, MA
B.3.C - We will snowshoe or hike the Boulders in Dalton on several of the trails including Wizard Glen. Rain or ice cancels. 
For information contact:Jan Chague, 413-637-1818 or jg_chague@hotmail.com.


Sunday, January 31 - Honwee Mountain, Pittsfield
B.3.C - We will snowshoe to the top of Honwee Mountain in the Pittsfield State Forest using the Lulu Brook and upper Honwee Loop Trails. Descent will be a continuation of the loop trail to the parking lot.  
For information contact: Pat Plue, 413-997-2120 or pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.


Saturday, February 6 - Hunter Mountain, Lexington, NY
B.3.B - We will snowshoe/hike to the Hunter Mountain fire tower in the Catskill mountains of New York. Hunter Mountain is the second highest peak in the Catskills at 4040 feet. We will hike the Spruceton trail, a distance of 7.2 miles (round trip) with an elevation gain of 1950 feet. This is a beautiful snowshoe so lets hope for some snow on the trails.
For information contact: Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782. Co leader: Mary Vadney, 518-756-3881 or twoblu2@aol.com.


Saturday, February 13 - C.3.C - Hike or snowshoe about 4.2 miles up the AT to the summit of Mt. Everett, returning along the AT and around Guilder Pond.  
For information contact: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Saturday, February 20 - Ski/snowshoe Pittsfield State Forest
B.3.C - Ski or snowshoe 5-6 miles of relatively flat mountain bike trails that meander through the lower forest past a white pine grove and beaver pond. 
For information contact: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com.


Saturday, February 27 - Berlin Mountain via Class of ’33 Trail, Williamstown/Berlin
C.3.B - We will hike to Berlin Mountain via the Class of ’33 Trail, then onto the Taconic Crest Trail, then return via the Berlin Pass Trail. We will enjoy views from the summit, and see a waterfall as we return on the WRLF Loop Trail, almost 5 miles.  
For information contact: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 5 – Thunderbolt Ski Race Outing; Mt. Greylock, Adams, MA
B.3.C - This will be a combination of Snowshoeing and Ski race festivities on the Thunderbolt and various trails depending on conditions. Meet: Greylock Glen Parking area, Gould Road. Email will be put out with a time, car pool meeting place, and specifics.  
For information contact: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 19 - Greylock Glen
B.3.C - Snowshoe or hike around 3 miles going north on the Bellows Pipe Trail to the Bellows Pipe Shelter, where we will stop to have lunch. This section is around a 1.5 mile ascent. We'll return to parked cars via trails including The Red Bucket Trail- all downhill! Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. 
For information contact: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 or taftd@yahoo.com.


Sundary, March 20 - Taconic Crest Trail
B.3.B - A Taconic Crest Trail section. This is likely to be a snowshoe hike. About 7 miles. Includes the section from Madden Road to Robinson Hollow. It will be necessary to spot cars and we will be out most of the day. Please bring lunch, snacks and water.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, March 26 - Taconic Crest Trail
B.3.B - A Taconic Crest Trail section. This section will run from Robinson Hollow over Misery Mountain to Mattison Hollow. We will need to spot cars. Hiking 7-8 miles, we will be out most of the day. Please bring lunch, snacks and water.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nyca



Berkshire Knapsackers Spring Hikes 2016


Sunday, April 3 - A Taconic Crest Section
B.3.B - Southeast Hollow to Mattison Hollow. About 7 miles with some steep ascents, we will cover 2.67 miles of the Taconic Crest. Anticipate brook crossings. We will need to spot cars and be out most of the day. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Can be a dog friendly hike, please contact leader. Meet: Cumberland Farm Store at the junction of routes 22 & 43 in Stephentown, NY. 
Leave: 9 AM.  
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com. 


Monday, April 4 - Ballroom Dance Hike, Ludlow, MA
Dance the foxtrot, swing, rumba, tango, mambo, cha cha, jitterbug, waltz, polka, or your personal request to the 18 piece big band Heritage Pops Dance Orchestra on the wooden dance floor of the PACC in Ludlow, MA. All are welcome. If you are not a dancer, come listen to the big band music. Dance is from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Admission is $10.00 per person at the door. Low cost refreshments are available and bringing your own is acceptable. Dress is how you would like it, casual, semi-formal, whatever. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, call 41-448-8359, dobojc@aol.com to coordinate car pooling/caravaning.


Saturday, April 9 - Otis State Forest, Otis, MA
B.3.C - Hike approximately 7-8 miles along sections of Upper Spectacle Pond and Lower Spectacle Pond through the Otis State Forest. Leave from Otis State Forest Parking lot on Rt. 23 at 9:15 AM.
Meet: Friendly’s Parking Lot Lenox (Next to Price Chopper); Time: 8:30 AM; OR Friendly’s Parking Lot Lee, Rt. 20; Time: 8:45 AM;  
Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359, or dobojc@aol.com.  


Sunday, April 10 - Greylock Glen
B.3.C - Hike around 3 miles going north on the Bellows Pipe Trail to the Bellows Pipe Shelter, where we will stop to have lunch. This section is around a 1.5 mile ascent. We’ll return to parked cars via trails including the Red Bucket Trail - all downhill! Bring fluids, snacks, lunch. Stormy weather/high winds cancel.  
For information contact Leader: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 or taftd@yahoo.com.


Saturday, April 16 - Pittsfield State Forest 
Taconic Crest to hidden waterfall. Partial bushwhack. Strenuous. Details to be announced. 
Contact Leader: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com.


Sunday April 17 - A Taconic Crest Section
B.3.B - Green Hollow to Southeast Hollow, covering about 3 miles of the Taconic Crest. We will need to spot cars and be out most of the day. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Can be a dog friendly hike, please contact leader.  
Meet: Cumberland Farm Store at the junction of routes 22 & 43 in Stephentown, NY.  
Leave: 9 AM.  
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, April 23 - October Mountain, Lee, MA
B.3.C. - We will hike approximately five miles on the Boulder, Tannery, Ledge and Tamarack trails starting at the Lee Campground taking advantage of some interesting hills and dales.  
Meet: From Lenoxdale, take Mill St. over the bridge, first left onto Willow Rd. for .7 mile to Lee Campground.  
Leave: 9:00 AM.  
Leader: Pat Plue, 413-997-2120 or pat-andy@nycap.rr.com.


Sunday, April 24 - Taconic State Park, Williamstown, MA
C.4.C - We will hike the Sara Tenney and Hunter Family Trails in the Taconic State Park. 3.4 miles, moderate terrain, one great view, lovely woods, maybe spring wildflowers.  
For information contact Leader: Marion Grillon, 413-663-8700 or mariongrillon@hotmail.com.


Saturday, April 30 - AT, East Mountain State Forest, MA
B.3.C. - This 5 1/2 mile hike will take us along a beautiful stretch of the AT beginning at Rte 23 heading south, stopping to enjoy the views at Tom Leonard Shelter, Ice Gulch Ravine and two other overlooks. Car spot required. Rain, sleet, late snowstorm cancels.  
Meet: Homes Rd. AT parking area south of Great Barrington.  
Leave: 9:15 AM carpool to Rte 23.  
Leader: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@icloud.com.


Saturday, May 7 - Pre Foliage Housatonic River Paddle
See the river banks before the foliage emerges. The paddle is in two parts, choose the one (or both) that suits your appetite for paddling. The upper section (embark at 9:30 from Garner Park to Woods Pond) requires some maneuvering skills to navigate around stumps, fallen trees, and shallows. The water level causes a variation in conditions. The lower portion (embark at 12:00 from Decker Landing) is tranquil paddling. (Come at 8:30 AM to shuttle cars if desired.) Meet: Garner Park on Pomeroy Ave, Pittsfield; Leave: 9:30 AM; or Meet: Decker Landing on New Lenox Rd., Lenox; Leave: 12:00 PM; 
Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359 or DOBOJC@AOL.COM.


Saturday, May 14 - Tully Mountain and Warner Hill on the AT
C.3.C - Grange Hall Rd., Dalton to Blotz Rd., Hinsdale. 3.7 miles. Known as a “gentle stretch” of the AT, this hike has only one really steep (100 yard) climb at the very beginning. Old apple and lilac trees and stone walls give evidence of habitation that existed before the forest took over. With some luck, we’ll have a nice view from Warner Hill. We will spot cars on Blotz Rd. 
Meet: 9:30 AM at the back of the Williams St. eye center parking lot. 
Leaders: Judy Gitelson, 413-445-5540 and Margaret Cahill, 413-842-5248.


Saturday May 21 - Race Brook Falls and Mt Everett  
A.2.B - We’ll begin this hike on the Race Brook Falls trail, ascend Mt Everett, descend to circle Guilder Pond and return the same route.  
For information contact Leader: Mary Vadney, 518-894-2011, Co-leader Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782.


Sunday, May 22 - Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield, MA
C.4.D. - We will walk the flat trails of this Mass Audubon property in search of early wildflowers and other signs of spring. Along the Housatonic River and wetlands we can see what the beavers have been up to. Bring water and a snack; we should be done before lunch.  
Meet: Canoe Meadows parking lot, Holmes Rd Pittsfield.  
Leave: 9:30 AM.  
Leader: Hillary Filios, 413-442-8984.


Sunday, June 12 - Kayak, Ashmere Lake, Hinsdale, MA
We will kayak around one side of Ashmere Lake then break for lunch. After lunch we will paddle the other side. About 2.5 hours. Bring personal flotation device (PFD). Rain cancels.  
For information contact Leaders: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384 and Jan Chague, 413-637-1818, 413-441-9971 or jg_chague@Hotmail.com.


Sunday June 19 - Southern Extension of the South Taconic Trail
B.2-3. - Quarry Hill Trail to Shagroy Road (off Route 22 in NY just north of Millerton). This is a new 6.5 mile extension of the South Taconic Trail. After spotting cars, we will make a steep ascent to the new trail and follow it south. There are many lovely places to pause and view the valley below, lovely. Please bring ample water and food for an all day adventure. Call for meeting place and time. Leaders: Vicki Singer, 413-442-3701, vsinger2@yahoo.com. Or co-leader Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com. 


Saturday, June 25 - October Mt. Area, Pittsfield, MA
B.3.C - We will explore the Pittsfield watershed area along old roads. It will be about six miles. We will pass Ashley Lake, Sandwash Reservoir and October Mountain Lake, returning along the Appalachian Trail.  
Meet: Williams Street plaza parking lot, Williams St, Pittsfield.  
Leave: 9:30 AM.  
Leader: Carl Filios, 413-822-9119 or cefilios@verizon.net.


In the offing for the summer:

Sunset Paddle
Enjoy a quiet sunset paddle on the Housatonic River from the Decker Boat Landing on New Lenox Rd. in Lenox. Details and date to be provided later by email. Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359 or dobojc@aol.com.

Tanglewood Hike
Tanglewood Concert Hike, tentatively Friday, July TBD, with picnic and concert to follow at Tanglewood. Details to be provided later by email. Co-Leaders: Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com and Vicky Singer, 413: 442-31 or vsinger2@yahoo.com



Berkshire Knapsackers Fall Hikes 2016


Saturday, September 10, 2016
Jug End Loop with Hike on AT, South Egremont, MA.
B-3-B: Meet at the Jug End State Reservation parking area on Jug End Road in South Egremont. We will walk the three mile loop trail, then car pool up the road to the AT crossing. We will hike the AT up to Jug End and eat lunch on the rocks there, then return to the cars. It is possible to do just the first part of this hike, if you wish.
Leave at 10:00 AM from the Jug End State Reservation parking lot.
Leader: Nancy King, king2380@roadrunner.com; 413.644.8873.


Saturday, September 17, 2016
Paddle Sherman Reservoir, Readsboro, VT.
We will paddle beautiful Sherman Reservoir, which is a dammed up section of the Deerfield River in Readsboro, VT, approximately 30 minutes from North Adams. We may see a Bald Eagle! Plan on 2 or more hours for this outing.
PFD's are required. Bring lunch, snacks, liquids. No beginner paddlers. Heavy rain/wind cancels.
Leader: Dotty Taft, 413.743.0384.


Saturday, September 24, 2016
Berry Pond, Pittsfield State Forest.
B-3-C: We will hike the Hawthorne, Pine Mountain and Taconic Crest Trails to Berry Pond for lunch, with return via 
the Turner Trail.
Leave at 9:30 AM from Pittsfield State Forest, Cascade St. entrance, first left past contact station, first parking lot on right.
Leader: Pat Plue, 413.997.2120; pat-andy@nycap.rr.com.


Sunday, September 25, 2016
October Mountain, Hike and Paddle.
C-3-C: Hike the Washington Meadow Marsh Trail which is only about 2 miles, however terrain can be challenging in places. Following lunch, we will paddle about October Mountain Reservoir at a leisurely pace.
Leave at 9:30 AM from Williams Street Plaza, Williams St., Pittsfield, MA.
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562; klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, October 1, 2016
Connecticut AT, Falls Village to Salisbury, CT.
B-3-C: This 6.5 mile hike starts by heading northwest away from the Great Falls. The AT ascends moderately (elevation gain of 1000 feet in a little more than 2 miles) to the summit of Prospect MT (1,461') with a view. The trail then becomes rolling in its descent passing Rand’s View, Giant's Thumb on Raccoon Hill (1285'), Billy's View (1,120' lunch), onto west shoulder of Barrack Matiff (Wetauwanchu Mt.). Continuing to descend, the AT becomes steep with switchbacks, (tree roots and a five rung ladder for steps) becoming moderate and then gentler to a field and parked cars. Expect leaf, pine needle footing and lot less rock. Bring plenty of water, snack and lunch. Meet: Roadside AT parking on Rte. 44 near Salisbury, CT. Rain Cancels.  
Leave at 9:15 AM to carpool to Falls Village. Directions from Canaan, CT: At Junction of Rte. 44 & Rte. 7, travel west on Rte. 44 for approx. 5.5 miles. You will see yellow hiker signage and a small oval AT sign. Roadside parking on the left.  
Leader: Jill Oneglia, 860.309.4244; jaoneglia@icloud.com


Please Note Date Change from Oct 2nd to Oct 9th for Pedal/Hike

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Pedal/Hike, Cheshire, MA.
Bike the Ashuwillticook Bike Trail to Adams and back to Cheshire (15 miles, paved), lock up bikes, hike to Cheshire Cobble on the AT (2 miles RT) for lunch and views of Greylock, bike back to Lanesborough (5 miles). Rain cancels.  
Leader: For information contact: Vicky Singer: 413.442.3701; vsinger30@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 8, 2016
North Adams to Greylock via Bellows Pipe, North Adams, MA.
A-3-B: We will hike the Bellows Pipe Trail from North Adams to the summit of Mount Greylock, returning via the AT and Bernard Farm Trail. We can add a short jaunt to Mount Williams if people would like. 9.6 miles. Elev. gain 2,191 feet. 
Leader: Michelle Filiault, 413.822.0778; arthemise29@gmail.com.


Sunday, October 16, 2016
Becket Quarry and Forest, Becket, MA
B-3-C: Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket. Directions: At Bonnie Rigg Corner (junction of Routes 20 and 8, where 8 turns north toward Becket) go south on Bonnie Rigg Hill Road for about a mile. Turn left onto Quarry Road. There’s a parking lot on the right at the quarry. 
Leave at 10:00 AM from Becket Quarry parking lot.
Leader: Ann Krawet, 413-623-6069; anndavek@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 22, 2016
Mt. Greylock, Williamstown, MA.
B-3-B: We will do a round trip hike starting at the Hopper Road Parking area ascending the 2.5 mile Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge with great views of Mt. Greylock and North to VT. We will follow Sperry Rd for about a mile until we come to the Hopper Trail junction, descending the Hopper Trail returning to parked cars. 5.5 miles
This is not a fast paced hike! Rain cancels.
Leader: Dotty Taft, 413.743.0384.


Sunday, October 23, 2016
Mt Greylock via Cheshire Harbor/Overlook Trail.
B-3-B: We will hike the Cheshire Harbor Trail from West Mountain Rd to the Overlook Trail and then to the summit of Mount Greylock, returning via the Gould Trail. About 7.5 miles. Elev. gain 2,041 feet. 
Leave at 9:00 AM from parking area on West Mountain Road in Adams.  
Leader: Harold Moon, 413.464.4995; moonharold@aol.com.


Saturday, October 29, 2016
Mt. Everett and Race Brook Falls, Sheffield, MA.
A-3-B: After spotting cars at the Berkshire school parking lot, we’ll proceed to the Race Brook Falls trailhead on Rt. 41 near Salisbury Rd. We’ll follow the Race Brook trail to the upper falls, turn south on the AT and ascend to Mt. Race, then continue north to Mt. Everett and Guilder Pond and back to Berkshire School on the Elbow Trail. Approximately 9 miles. 
Leave: at 9:00 AM from Berkshire School entrance at Rt.41. 
Leader: Sue Snyder, 413.281.3303; ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Saturday, November 5, 2016
Appalachian Trail, South Egremont, MA.
B-3-C: Hike will begin at the Berkshire School on the Elbow Trail and then north on the AT to Jug End.  
Heavy rain or snow cancels.
Leader: Mary Vadney, 518.756.3881 or cell 518.894.2011; email twoblu2@aol.com.


Saturday, November 12, 2016
Mausert’s Pond, Clarksburg St. Forest.
Not difficult but flat 4-5 mile hike around Mausert’s Pond in the Clarksburg State Forest.
Leave at 9:00 AM from Allendale shopping center.
Leader: Margaret Cahill, mgcahill@aol.com.


Saturday, November 12, 2016
Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro, MA
A-3-B: We will hike the Hopper Trail and the AT to the summit of Mount Greylock, gaining 2,390 feet of elevation. We will reverse the order on the descent and add Money Brook Trail to reach our vehicles after hiking a total of 9 miles. It will be a full day on the trails. Severe weather cancels.  
Leave at 9:00 AM from Haley Farm Parking Area at end of Hopper Road.  
Leader: Dennis Goff, 518.339.8782; k2bmjb@gmail.com.


Saturday, November 19, 2016
Mahican-Mohawk Trail, Savoy/Charlemont.
B-3-C/B: We will hike around 8 miles on the section of the Mahican-Mohawk Trail between Savoy (Rte. 2) and the Mohawk Trail State Forest. The Mahican-Mohawk Trail is an east west trail between the Hudson River and the Connecticut River. 
Leave at 9:00 AM from Big Y, North Adams or at 9:30 AM if meeting at Mohawk Trail State Forest.
Leaders: Marion Grillon, 413.663.8700, mariongrillon@hotmail.com and Dottie Taft, 413.743.0384.


Sunday, November 27, 2016
A Taconic Crest Section.
A/B-2-B: 7.3 mile hike from Southeast Hollow to Route 2 Petersburg Pass. Some significant altitude gain/loss. 1500 ft. Lovely views. Please bring lunch, snacks and water. We will hike south to north necessitating a car spot.
Leave at 9:00 AM from Petersburg Pass Parking area on Route 2, Williamstown. 
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562, klee@nycap.rr.com


Saturday, December 3, 2016
Rounds Rock Loop, Greylock.
B-3-C: We will leave the Visitors Center parking lot and take the Bradley Farm Trail, Northrup Trail, and Rounds Rock Trail to some scenic vistas. We will return via Woodason Spring and Bradley Farm Trails. 6.9 miles. Elevation gain 920 feet.  
Leader: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Last Taconic Crest Section.
A-2-B: This is a long hike from Route 2, Petersburg Pass to Route 346 in Pownal VT. Please bring lunch, snacks and water. Need to spot cars, we will hike south to north.
Leave at 9:00 AM from Bloedel Park across from the Store at Five Corners Route 7, Williamstown,.
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562; klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, December 10, 2016
Old Mill Trail, Hinsdale, MA.
C-4-C: Join us for beautifully laid out hike through old mixed woods and along part of the Housatonic River. We’ll pass by noteworthy stonework and see remnants of 19th century woolen mills. Bring liquids and snacks; we should be done before lunchtime. Approx. 4 miles. 
Trailhead on Rt. 8, left at bridge, across from Hinsdale Trading Company. 
Email Leader for details: Sue Snyder; ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tolland State Forest Fire Tower.
B-3-C: Hike 8 miles in the Tolland State Forest, starting at the St. Forest Boat Ramp, hiking along Otis Reservoir on the Gilmore Trail, diverting onto Belden Rd. (dirt) to the Fire Tower Trail, looping around Lair Mountain back onto Belden Rd., then continuing on the Gilmore Trail back to the parking lot.
Tolland State Forest boat ramp parking lot;
Email Leader for details: Joe Doboszynski; dobojc@aol.com. 


Sunday, January 1, 2017. New Year's Hike and Pot Luck Dinner.
Hike led by Melanie Levitan in Kennedy Park.  
Pot Luck Dinner followed by a presentation on the AT by Harold Moon.
Sportsmen's Club in Lenox.
This is a members only event. Membership may be purchased that day.
Conact a committee member for more information.




Berkshire Knapsackers Winter Hikes 2015


Thursday, January 1 - New Years Outing and Pot luck Dinner
Call a committee member for information or to join


Sunday, January 4 - Housatonic River, Lenox, MA
Kayak up the Housatonic River for about 1.5 hours from the Decker Boat Ramp, then back down. Cancels for rain or if air temperature is 20 degrees F or colder. For information contact:: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, January 10 - One World Conservation Ctr, South Bennington, VT
One World Conservation Center, South Bennington,VT at Norman and Selma Greenberg Conservation Reserve, 413 US Rte 7, South Bennington, VT, 1.3 miles south of downtown Bennington, VT. As a recreation area, it states the following: Our Greenberg Reserve includes meadow, wetland and woodland habitats with a seasonal variety of wildflowers, birds, mammals, insects and butterflies. Our easy and maintained hiking trails are suitable for the entire family.
For information contact: Beth Miller, 518-496-9802 or EMWBoston@comcast.net.


Saturday, January 17 - People’s State Forest - Riverton, CT
B.3.B - Only a couple of miles south of the historic town of Riverton (home to Hitchcock Furniture), is People’s Forest. Purchased for $8 an acre, the 3000 acre forest was given to the people of CT in 1924. We will hike 6.5 miles, which will include stream crossings, a steep traverse descent and the infamous 299 stone steps alongside a seasonal waterfall. For information contact: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244, jaoneglia@icloud.com.


Sunday, January 18 - Tolland State Forest, Sandisfield/Tolland, MA
B.3.C - Hike 8 miles through Tolland State Forest, along Farmington River, up through CCC camp, and then along Otis Reservoir Gilmore Trail onto Sawmill Trail, back down to the Farmington River. If snow conditions permit, hike will be changed to a 5 mile snowshoe. For information contact: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, (dobojc@aol.com). 


Saturday, January 24 - Mt Holyoke Range State Park
B.3.C - Think snow! We will snowshoe a variety of trails in the Mt Holyoke Range State Park for a total of about 5-6 miles. Since there are so many choices, we will make the final decision at the start of the hike. For information contact: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.


Sunday January 25 – Hike/Snowshoe Boulders, Dalton, MA
B.3.C. We will snowshoe the Boulders in Dalton on several of the trails including Wizard Glen. Rain or ice cancels. For information contact: Jan Chague 413.637.1818 or jg_chague@hotmail.com.


Saturday, January 31 - Honwee Mountain, Pittsfield
B-3-C We will snowshoe to the top of Honwee Mountain in the Pittsfield State Forest using the Lulu Brook and upper Honwee Loop Trails. Descent will be a continuation of the loop trail to the parking lot For information contact: Pat Plue, 413-997-2120 or pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.


Sunday, February 1 - The Dome, Pownal, VT
B.3.B. We will snowshoe/hike on the Dome trail to the summit of the Dome, an elevation gain of 1715 feet. On the return we will descend on the Agawon trail to the Broad Brook trail. Heavy rain or snow cancels. For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390, email twoblu2@aol.com.


Saturday, February 7 - Yokun Ridge North and South, Lenox, Richmond, MA
B.3.C We will hike or snowshoe, depending on conditions, about 5 miles on BNRC property, starting at Olivia’s Overlook, north to Monk’s Pond, then south to the beautifully done new Brothers’ Trail (brothers of Olivia), connecting to Charcoal and Walsh trails, back to the starting point. This is not a fast paced hike, and we will brake for wildlife tracks! For information contact: Carl & Hillary Filios, 413.442.8984 or cefilios@verizon.net.


Sunday February 8 – Mount Greylock, Lanesboro, MA
A.3.B - We will hike or snowshoe the Hopper Trail and the AT, to the summit of Mount Greylock, gaining 2,390 feet in elevation. We will reverse the order on the descent and add the Money Brook Trail to reach our vehicles after hiking for a total of 9 miles. It will be a long day on the trails. Hike will be canceled for snow or ice storm. For information contact: Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782.


Saturday, February 14 Rounds Rock, Mt Greylock,
B.3.C. We'll hike/snowshoe a 7 mile loop from Mt Greylock Visitors Center up the Woodason Trail to Rounds Rock, returning on the Northrup and Bradley Farm Trails. For information contact: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303, ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Sunday, February 15 - Balance Rock to Jiminy Peak, Lanesboro, MA
B.3.B - Starting from Balance Rock State Park we will cross country ski, snowshoe or hike via trails to Potter Mt Road and on across the ridge to Jiminy Peak Ski area for lunch. We will return via Potter Mt Road or trails in Balance Rock depending on conditions. Some steep ascents For information contact: Kathy Lee 413-443-9562 klee@nycap.rr.com.


Tuesday, February 17, Alford Springs XC Ski
B3C. We will hope for perfect skiing conditions through these beautiful woods owned by Berkshire Natural Resources Council. We'll explore 5-6 up and down miles of this almost 900-acre property on the Mass/NY border using a series of wood roads, loops and connector trails after parking at the trailhead off Mountain Road in Alford. For information contact: Karen Ross, 518: 794-7474, kcoyross@aol.com or Vicky Singer vsinger2@yahoo.com 413: 442-3701.


Saturday, February 21 - Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA
C.3.C/D. Snowshoe or hike around the pond and to the scenic vista, about 4-5 miles. Join the leader afterwards at Barrington Brewery for a hot meal and grog. For information contact: Nancy King, 413.644.8873.


Saturday, March 7 - Berlin Mtn, NY
B.3.C - We will hike or snowshoe a little over 5 miles from Route 2/Petersburg Pass over the Taconic Crest Trail to the summit of Berlin Mtn, elevation 2818 ft and return via the same route. There are a couple of steep ascents. For information contact: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Saturday, March 14 - Prospect Mountain Loop
B.3.B We will hike approximately six miles from the Money Brook Trail to the Prospect Mountain Trail, up over Prospect Mountain, down to the Wilbur's Clearing shelter, to the Money Brook Falls, and back via the Money Brook Trail. This will be a hike or snowshoe depending on Mother Nature. For information contact: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.


Sunday, March 15 – March Cataract, Mt. Greylock
B.3.B/C – We begin with a strenuous 1.9 mi. hike on the Roaring Brook Trail to the Sperry Campground. From there, we traverse the NW-facing slope of Greylock, hiking a moderate 1.3 mi. to this attractive seasonal waterfall. We return to the start along the same route. For information contact: Joe Brindisi, (uffda17@verizon.net).


Saturday, March 21 - Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY
B-3-C We will hike (or snowshoe) 6 to 8 miles depending on the spring conditions. The hike will include the Fire Tower with its wonderful view. For information contact: Marion Grillon 413-663-8700.


Sundary, March 22 - Mount Washington State Forest to Mt Brace
B.3.C From the Mount Washington State Forest Headquarters we will hike/snowshoe the Charcoal Pit trail to the Ashley Hill trail, then south to the summit of Mt Brace. We return via the same route; approximately 8 miles. For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390, email twoblu2@aol.com.


Sunday, March 29 - Clark Art Museum Trails, Williamstown, MA
C.3.C-D. We will hike the trails in back of the Clark Museum. About 4 miles with some nice views. Lunch will be near the museum with the option of the Cafe. We will then tour the museum. For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.




Berkshire Knapsackers Spring Hikes 2015

Monday, April 6 - Ballroom Dance Hike, Ludlow, MA

Dance the foxtrot, swing, rumba, tango, cha cha, jitterbug, waltz, polka, or your personal request to the 18 piece big band Heritage Pops Dance Orchestra on the wooden dance floor of the PACC in Ludlow, MA. All are welcome. If you are not a dancer, come listen to the big band music. Dance is from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Admission is $10.00 per person at the door. Low cost refreshments are available and bringing your own is acceptable. Dress is how you would like it, casual, whatever.
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, call 413.448.8359 or email dobojc@aol.com for additional information; RSVP appreciated but not required.


Saturday, April 11 - Berlin Mountain via Class of ’33 Trail, Williamstown/Berlin
We will hike to Berlin Mountain via the Class of ’33 Trail, then onto the Taconic Crest Trail, then return via the Berlin Pass Trail. We will enjoy views from the summit, and see a waterfall as we return on the WRLF Loop Trail, almost 5 miles. Severe weather cancels, check with leader if unsure. For information contact Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Saturday, April 25 - Volcanic Crater, Chester Blandford State Forest, Chester, MA
Hike approximately 3 miles along Sanderson Brook to the top of the Chester Blandford State Forest to investigate “The Volcanic Crater.” "In the northwest corner of the town, a singular depression in an elevated tract has the appearance of having been a volcanic crater. The town is rich in minerals: marmolite, actinolite, schiller-spar, serpentine, chromic iron, rose-quartz in boulders, and other interesting specimens occur." Return approximately 3 miles along the same path unless there is a desire to explore further on the mountain.  
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, May 2 - Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield, MA
Rene Wendell, director of Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, will lead us on a short hike on the Ledges Trail, giving us lots of background information on the various wildflowers in bloom. Then we will continue on our own around the Spiro Trail, and on up the Tulip Tree Trail to the top of Hurlburt Hill for lunch. Total length, about 4 miles, moderate, except for the climb up the hill. Price is $5 for Trustees of Reservations members, and $7 for non-members.  
For information contact: Nancy King, king2380@roadrunner.com, (413) 644-8873. Heavy rain cancels.


Saturday, May 9 – Thunderbolt Trail to the Summit of Mt. Greylock, Adams, MA
Hike up the Thunderbolt Trail to the summit and back. Approximately 5 miles.
For information contact: Sue Snyder, 413.281.3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.


Saturday, May 16 - Mt. Everett and Race Brook Falls, Sheffield, MA
After spotting cars at the Berkshire school parking lot, we’ll park at the Race Brook Falls trailhead on Rt. 41 near Salisbury Rd. We’ll follow the Race Brook trail to the upper falls, and turn north on the AT. We’ll continue to Mt. Everett, then Guilder Pond, and finally descend to the Berkshire School on the Elbow Trail.  
For information contact: Joe Brindisi, 413.499.4613 or uffda17@verizon.net.


Sunday, May 24 - Mt Frissell and Mt Brace
From the Mount Washington State Forest Headquarters we will hike the Ashley Hill trail to the summit of Mt Frissell and then on to Mt Brace. Return will be via the same route with a possible shortcut down the Charcoal pit trail. Heavy rain cancels.  
For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518-756-8100 or 518-859-4390, or email twoblu2@aol.com.


Saturday, May 30 - AT from North Adams to Greylock
We will hike the AT from Pattison Road in North Adams to the summit of Mount Greylock, and return via the Bellows Pipe Trail, 8-9 miles round trip, elevation gain 2287 ft. Severe weather cancels, check with leaders if unsure.  
For information contact: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com and Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.


Sunday, May 31 - Paddle Flat Brook, West Stockbridge
We will start in Cranberry Pond and paddle up Flat Brook, exploring. We will return and paddle to Crane Lake, then under the route 41 bridge toward Mud Pond or Mill Pond. Easy paddling about 3-4 hours. Bring lunch, water. Rain cancels.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562, klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, June 6 - Tannery Falls and Balanced Rock in Savoy
Approximately 5 miles of hiking will get us to Tannery Falls and Balanced Rock in Savoy Mountain State Forest. There is a steep but short descent and a climb back out in order to view the falls from the base. Heavy rain cancels.
For information contact: Marion Grillon, 413-663-8700, mariongrillon@hotmail.com.


Sat, June 6 and Sun, June 7 - Bike Cape Cod Canal and Rail Trail/ Hike Great Island in Wellfleet
Saturday, we will bike the Cape Cod Canal, and do some kayaking. Sunday, we will hike the Great Island Trail in Wellfleet, 7 mile round trip to Great Beach Hill and Jeremy Point Overlook on Wellfleet Harbor. We will then bike parts of the Cape Cod Rail Trail.  
For information call Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or email ssnyder160@gmail.com. Trip will not run unless there are at least 4 people signed up by June 1st.


Saturday, June 13 - AT Dalton to Cheshire
We will meet in Cheshire at a location to be determined, spot a couple of cars at the trailhead, then travel to Grange Hall Road in Dalton. We will hike 11.4 miles, passing Gore Pond, and enjoying the magnificent views at the Cobbles, returning to our cars in Cheshire. There could be ice cream involved in Cheshire if we so desire. Then we will return people to their cars in Dalton. Heavy rain cancels. For information contact: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.


Sunday, June 21 - Mt. Washington State Forest, Mt. Washington, MA
Hike about 10 miles, beginning at Sunset Rock on the South Taconic Trail, proceeding south to Bash Bish Falls. We will continue south to the top of Mt. Alander, from where we will descend to Mt. Washington Forest Headquarters. For information contact: Carl Filios, 413.442.8984, cefilios@verizon.net.


Monday, June 22 - Jug End
We'll be looking for those spectacular mountain laurel blossoms that blanket the South Taconic Range this time of year. We’ll do a hike from south to north beginning at the Berkshire School on Rt. 41, heading up the Elbow Trail to the A.T. and Mount Undine, and then either diverting south for a mile each way to see more mountain laurel around Guilder Pond or continuing north to views on Mount Bushnell and the Jug End ridge beyond. We'll end up at spotted cars either on Jug End Road or a mile further along the A.T. on Rt. 41. We'll do between 4 and 6 miles with about 1000' of vertical. For information contact: Karen Ross, 518-794-7474, kcoyross@aol.com or Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701, vsinger2@yahoo.com.


Saturday, June 27 - AT from Route 23 to Boardman St. over East Mountain
We will be looking for late spring flowers and Mountain Laurel. About 7 miles of varied terrain. We will spot cars. Please bring lunch and water.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562, klee@nycap.rr.com.


Sunday, June 28 - Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary, Catskill, New York
Paddle/Kayak to the Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary (the largest tidal swamp forest on the Hudson River) We will launch along the Catskill Creek and paddle east approximately 1 mile to the Hudson River. Continuing south on the river another 3/4 of a mile we will enter the Ramshorn Livingston Sanctuary. 
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359, email dobojc@aol.com; Mary Vadney, 518-756-3881 or 518-859-4390, email twoblu2@aol.com.


In the offing for the summer:

Sunset Paddle
Enjoy a quiet sunset paddle on the Housatonic River from the Decker Boat Landing on New Lenox Rd. in Lenox. Details and date to be provided later by email. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, email dobojc@aol.com.

Tanglewood Hike
Tanglewood Concert Hike, tentatively Friday, July 17, with picnic and concert to follow at Tanglewood. Details to be provided later by email. Co-Leaders: Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359, email dobojc@aol.com and Vicky Singer, vsinger2@yahoo.com, 413-442-3701.



Berkshire Knapsackers Fall Hikes 2015


Sunday, September 6 - Paddle the Spectacle Ponds
Paddle the Spectacle Ponds, Upper and Lower. Starting with the lower pond. We will drive then to the upper pond. Lunch here, swimming possible.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com 


Saturday, September 12 - AT from Bull's Bridge to Rte 341, Kent, CT
This 7.4 miles of trail will begin heading north on Schaghticoke Rd from Bull's Bridge for a very short distance, then leaving the dirt road heading west ascending Schaghticoke Mt, on switchbacks crossing into NY and back into CT. We will be ascending and descending often, with steep descents into Dry Gulch and also to Thayer Brook and crossing over Mt. Algo. Lunch will be at Indian Rocks. Rain cancels.  
For information contact: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@icloud.com.


Saturday, September 19 - Pedal/Hike, Cheshire
Bike the Ashuwillticook Bike Trail to Adams and back to Cheshire (15 miles, paved), lock up bikes, hike to Cheshire Cobble for lunch on the AT (2 miles RT), bike back to Lanesborough (5 miles). Rain cancels.  
For information contact: Vicky Singer for more info: 413-442-3701 or vsinger30@gmail.com.


Saturday, September 26 - Northernmost leg of AT in MA
Join us for the final leg or our MA AT traverse. We will hike north on the AT 4.8 miles from Pattison Rd in North Adams to the MA/VT state line. We will return via the AT and Pine Cobble Trail to spotted cars for a total of 8.1 miles
For information contact: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com and Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Sunday, September 27 - Olivia’s Outlook to Bousquet
9 miles, 7 overviews. Rain cancels.  
For information contact: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger30@gmail.com.


Sunday, September 27 - MOONLIGHT Paddle, Otis Reservoir
The put in and take out will be at the Tolland State Boat Ramp. We will paddle from the ramp onto the main part of the reservoir and then into Dismal Bay and back. PFD REQUIRED. For safety, please also have a headlamp and flashing strobe on PFD. Potential debrief following at the Knox Trail Inn. Severe weather or full cloud cover cancels.  
For information contact: Bob Rosen, robert.rosen@verizon.net.


Saturday, October 3 - Honwee Mountain, Pittsfield, MA
We will hike to the top of Honwee Mountain in the Pittsfield State Forest using the Lulu Brook and Upper Honwee Loop Trails. Descent will be a continuation of the loop trail to the parking lot. 
For information contact: Pat Plue, 413-997-2120 or pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.


Sunday, October 4 - Annual Meeting, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA
Enjoy the beautiful setting of this Mass. Audubon property by doing a hike, or just join us in time for the meal & presentation. Meet at the barn, on the left as you walk down the driveway from the parking lot. Hike: Leave at 10:00 AM. Leader: Sue Snyder. There are options for shorter hikes around the flatter parts of the sanctuary if a group would like to do something a little later. Lunch: 1:00 PM. Please bring your own place setting, a dish to share (appetizer, salad, entree, side dish, or dessert) and serving utensils. Coffee/tea and condiments will be provided. A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation. Presentation: Birds of Prey - Richele Ford is a passionate presenter who brings an amazing collection of her live birds of prey for all to see. She enjoys sharing her birds with people who love being able to see them close up and gain a better understanding of their role in the environment. Come and see the hawks, owls, and falcons. Richele’s knowledge and enthusiasm for these beautiful birds is contagious.


Saturday, October 10 - Paddle/Pedal, Cheshire
Paddle approximately 3 miles around Cheshire Lake enjoying the foliage changing, followed by a 10 mile pedal along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail to Adams and back, again enjoying the scenery changing in the wetlands. Pedaling will begin approximately 10:30 for those who would want to join just the Pedal. (Perhaps a debriefing at the Bass Water Grill will be in order after the pedal.) Rain cancels. Meet: Cheshire Lake parking lot on Rt. 8 across from Bass Water Grill; Leave: 9:00 AM. Leader: Joe Doboszynski, home phone 413-448-8359, cell 339-222-7203 or dobojc@aol.com.  


Saturday, October 17 - The Dome, Pownal, VT
We will do, what I hope to be, a beautiful fall hike up to the summit of the Dome in Vermont. We will take the Dome trail up and back, a total of 5.2 miles with an elevation gain of 1,715 feet.
Heavy rain cancels.  
For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518-756-3881 or 518-859-4390, or twoblu2@aol.com.


Sunday, October 18 - Becket Quarry
Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket. Directions: At Bonnie Rigg Corner (junction of Routes 20 and 8, where 8 turns north toward Becket) go south on Bonnie Rigg Hill Road for about a mile. Turn left onto Quarry Road. Go about 1/4 mile and there’s a parking lot on the right at the quarry.  
For information contact: Ann Krawet, 413-623-6069, 845-341-3066 or anndavek@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 24 - Surf-n-Turf, Pownal, VT
We will hike 8.5 miles of turf along the Broad Brook Trail, to the Seth Warner Shelter on the AT, and return. Surf will come in the form of 18 brook and stream crossings. Be prepared to get wet. Degree of wetness will depend on recent rainfall at that time. Hike will be canceled in the event of heavy rain, or several preceding days of heavy rain making the river crossings too dangerous. 
For information contact: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.  


Sunday, October 25 - The Boulders, Pittsfield-Dalton
We will be hiking a 4-5 mile loop along trails leading to the boulders and a view to the South. Bring lunch and liquids. Heavy rain cancels.  
For information contact: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384.


Saturday, October 31 - Catskill Mountains Escarpment Trail
It’s time to enjoy the Catskill Mountains again. We will hike six and a quarter miles around North/South Lakes with great views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains and visit Bear’s Den (good chance to see a bear), Artist’s Rock, Newman’s Ledge, Scribner Saw Mill, and Alligator Rock. The elevation gain is only 555 feet. Not a difficult hike.  
For information contact: Harold Moon, 413-464-4995 or moonharold@aol.com.


Saturday, November 7 - Trails of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Easy 3 mile, leisurely walk along these inspiring trails, about 3 miles, lunch can be had following the hike at the Creamery.  
For information contact: Margaret Cahill, 413-842-5248 or MGCahill@aol.com.


Sunday, November 8 - Macedonia Ridge Trail, Kent, CT
We will hike the blue blazed loop (6.7 miles) through varied terrain, with a few challenging descents throughout and a rock scramble. Cobble Mountain will offer spectacular views to the west of the Taconic Range and Catskill Mountains.  
For information contact: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@hughes.net.


Saturday, November 14 - Mt. Greylock, Lanesboro, MA
We will hike the Hopper Trail and the AT to the summit of Mount Greylock, gaining 2,390 feet of elevation. We will reverse the order on the descent and add Money Brook Trail to reach our vehicles after hiking a total of 9 miles. It will be a full day on the trails. Severe weather cancels 
For information contact: Dennis Goff, 518-339-8782.


Saturday, November 21 - Alander Mountain from New York
We will begin this hike climbing the Alander Brook Trail and then head south on the South
Taconic Trail. We will loop back north on the Ashley Hill Trail to then climb Alander Mt. and finally
loop back on South Taconic trail. (9+ miles with an elevation gain of 1500 feet)
Heavy rain or snow cancels 
For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518-756-3881 or 518-859-4390 or twoblu2@aol.com.


Sunday, November 22 - Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown
We'll hike 5.5 miles in this reserve along the Carriage Road, and the Upper and Lower Loops. Bring lunch and liquids. Heavy rain cancels 
For information contact: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384.


Sunday, November 29 – Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru, MA
We will hike approximately four miles of trails in the Sanctuary. This is a good way to begin working off the extra turkey. These trails consist of a number of loops, most of which begin and end at one central location.  
For information contact: Carl Filios, 413-442-8984 or cefilios@verizon.net.


Saturday, December 5 – Old Mill Trail, Hinsdale, MA
Join us for about a 4 mile hike beautifully laid out through old mixed woods and along part of the Housatonic River. We’ll pass by noteworthy stonework and see remnants of 19th century woolen mills. Bring liquids and snacks; we should be done before lunchtime.
For information contact: Hillary Filios, 413-442-8984 or sleuthusa@verizon.net.


Sunday, December 6 - Bear Mountain, Salisbury, CT
This is a loop hike, 6.7 miles on varied terrain on Under Mountain, Paradise Lane and AT trails. Elevation gain is 1,560 feet. The last quarter mile up the north side of Bear Mountain to the summit is steep and rugged. Lunch at the top with views.  
For information contact: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@icloud.com.


Sunday, December 13 - Taconic Crest Trail
We will hike up the Tower Mountain Access Trail to the Taconic Crest Trail, then head south to Route 20. About 7 miles, bring lunch and water.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, December 19 - Kennedy Park Hike
Hike approximately 5 miles through Kennedy Park, Lenox Mass. Trails to be determined later. (Perhaps a debriefing at the Arcadian Shop Coffee Shop will be in order). 
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359, cell 339-222-7203 or dobojc@aol.com.


Sunday, December 20 - Taconic Crest Trail
We will hike up the Hawthorne Trail in the Pittsfield State Park to the Taconic Crest Trail then follow it north to Potter Mountain Road. About 7 miles.  
For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com. 


Friday, January 1, 2016
Mark your calendars for this annual event. Details will be in the next schedule, but you can plan on a morning hike, followed by a potluck dinner and program.




Berkshire Knapsackers Spring Hikes 2014


Monday, April 7, 2014 - Ballroom Dance Hike, Ludlow, MA
Dance the foxtrot, swing, rumba, tango, mambo, cha cha, jitterbug, waltz, polka, or your personal request to the 18 piece big band Heritage Pops Dance Orchestra on the wooden dance floor of the PACC in Ludlow, MA. All are welcome. If you are not a dancer, come listen to the big band music. Dance is from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. Admission is $ 10.00 per person at the door. Low cost refreshments are available and bringing your own is acceptable. Dress is how you would like it, casual, semi-formal, whatever. Meet: Friendly’s parking lot by Price Chopper on Rt. 7/20 in Lenox and at Friendly’s parking lot on Rt. 20 in Lee; Leave: from Friendly’s in Lenox at 5:45 PM and from Friendly’s in Lee at 6:00; Leader: Joe Doboszynski, call 413.448.8359 or email dobojc@aol.com for additional information.


Saturday, April 12 - Mount Greylock
A.B.B. - Hike Greylock Road to the Stage Trail, up to Jones’ Nose and over the CCC Trail to Rockwell Road and return via the Greylock Road. This is about 8-9 miles, an all day trip. Bring plenty of water and food. Meet: North bound Route 7 rest stop in Lanesboro. Leave: 8:45 AM. Leader: Kathy Lee, 413-443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.


Sunday, April 13 - Pittsfield State Forest
B.3.C - Hike one way, 6 miles. From Route 20, ascend to Berry Pond, stated as one of the highest natural water bodies in Massachusetts at 2150 feet elevation. Lunch at intersection of Wagon Road. We shall stay on the Taconic Crest Trail. Hikers must call for adequate carpooling from end of hike at Berry Pond to start of hike at Rt 20 parking site. This is a dog friendly hike. Meet: Trailhead parking on Route 20. Leave: 8:30 AM. Leader: Beth Mei Wong, 518-496-9802 or EMWBoston@comcast.net.


Saturday, April 26 - Macedonia Ridge Trail, Kent, CT
B.3.C - We will hike the blue blazed loop (6.7 miles) through varied terrain, with a few challenging descents throughout and a rock scramble. Cobble Mountain will offer spectacular views to the west of the Taconic Range and Catskill Mountains. Meet: Trailhead (from junction of Rt 7 and Rt 341 in Kent, go west on Rt 341 about 1.7 miles. Turn right on Macedonia Brook Road and follow it about 0.9 miles to park boundary, where it becomes the main park road. From park boundary, continue about 0.7 miles to second wooden bridge. Ample parking.) Leave: 10:00 AM. Leader: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@hughes.net.


Sunday, April 27 - AT from Washington to Becket, MA
A.3.C - We will hike 9.4 miles beginning at Pittsfield Rd/Washington Mtn Rd in Washington. We will pass by Finerty Pond and pass over Walling Mtn & Becket Mtn. Terrain is rolling, overall elevation gain is minimal. Meet: Friendly’s parking lot by Price Chopper in Lenox at 8:30 AM (for carpooling) OR Jacob’s Ladder AT Trailhead on Route 20 in Lee at 9:15 AM. We will leave some cars here, then drive to the beginning of the hike on Pittsfield Rd/Washington Mtn Rd in Washington. Leaders: Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com & Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359 or dobojc@aol.com.


Saturday, May 3 -Bartholomew’s Cobble
C.4.C - Fee applies for non-members of Trustees of Reservations. We will walk the perimeter of Bartholomew’s Cobble identifying spring wildflowers, culminating with lunch on top of Hurlbut Hill. Only climb would be up Hurlbut. Meet: Bartholomew’s Cobble. Leave: 10:00 AM. Leader: Nancy King, 413-644-8873 or King2380@roadrunner.com.


Saturday, May 10 - Wildflower Hike - Mt Greylock - Hopper
B-3-C Loop hike starting on a 2.2 mile uphill with switchbacks on the Haley Farm Trail, which will bring us to Stony Ledge with great views of Mt. Greylock, the Hopper, and Vermont. After walking along Sperry Road for a mile, we will return on the Hopper Trail to parked cars. Distance around 5.5 miles. Rain cancels. This is not a fast paced hike! Meet: Routes 7/43 parking area across from the Five Corner Store, Williamstown. Leave: 9 am. Leader: Dotty Taft 413-743-0384.


Sunday, May 11 (Mother’s Day) - Wildflower Walk in Greylock Glen, Adams, MA
C.4.C - We will walk the trails of Greylock Glen in search of the spring ephemerals - of which there should be many. Feel free to bring your wildflower identification books. Meet: Big Y, Adams, MA (corner of Rts 8 and 116). Leave: 10:00 AM. Leader: Marion Grillon, 413.663.8700.


Saturday, May 17 - AT, Tyringham Rd to Rte 20
A.3.B. We will hike the Appalachian Trail from Tyringham Rd to Rt 20 for a total of 8.6 miles. Meet: Rt 20 parking lot (we will leave cars here and go to Tyringham Rd). Leave: 9:00 AM. Leader: Harold Moon, 413-443-4501 or moonharold@aol.com.


Saturday, May 31 - Mt Everett, Sheffield, MA POSTPONED TO ​June 28th


Sunday, June 1 - Paddle Konkapot Brook
C.4.C - We will paddle Konkapot Brook, about 2 miles each way. Likely need to cross over beaver dams. Area is beautiful and we should find lots of birds to watch. Great place for marsh wren. Bring lunch and water. Rain cancels. Meet: Stockbridge American Chestnut Preserve, on Route 7 about a mile past the Red Lion Inn going south. Leave: 10:00 AM. Leader: Kathy Lee, 443-9562 or klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday - June 7, 2014 - Beartown State Forest, Lee, Ma
B.3.C. We'll hike 6 or 7 miles in the northern end of Beartown State Forest. Meet: The Rink, Rt 20, Lee Leave: 9:00 AM. Leader: Carl Filios, 413-442-8984; cefilio@verizon.net


Sunday - June 8, 2014 Farmington River to Connecticut River Paddle
Paddle 6.5 miles of flat water on the Farmington River starting in Windsor Locks, CT, flowing into the Connecticut River, and then 2 more miles on the CT River, for a total of 8.5 miles, taking out just under the I-291 bridge as it crosses the CT River. An intermediate take out is available at 5 miles down the Farmington for those who don’t want to do the entire paddle, but advance planning for vehicle shuttling will be necessary. Departure time from Pittsfield and meeting points along the way will be provided by email or by calling leader. Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, email dobojc@aol.com.


Sunday, June 22 - Annual Picnic
This year's picnic will be held at Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest. Picnic tables are available, as well as fireplaces for cooking. Bring kayak or canoe if you wish to paddle. There will be a hike at 10:00. Cookout at 1:00. Bring a dish to share, place setting, beverage, utensils and whatever you wish to grill


SATURDAY, JUNE 28 - Mt Everett/ Mt Race, Sheffield, MA
A.3.B - Hike the Race Brook trail to Mt Everett on the AT with a side trip to Mt Race. Enjoy beautiful views, waterfalls, and a river crossing. This is a 9.8 mile round trip. (An alternative return route, continuing on the AT to spotted cars may be put out by email-suggestions are welcome). Meet: Small parking area on west side of Rt 41 in Sheffield. Leave: 9:00 AM. Leader: Sue Snyder, 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.



In the offing for the summer:

Sunset Paddle
Enjoy a quiet sunset paddle on the Housatonic River from the Decker Boat Landing on New Lenox Rd. in Lenox. Details and date to be provided later by email. Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, email dobojc@aol.com.


Tanglewood Hike
Pre Tanglewood Concert Hike on a Friday afternoon; picnic and concert to follow at Tanglewood. Details and date to be provided later by email. Co-Leaders: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, email dobojc@aol.com and Vicky Singer.




Berkshire Knapsackers Fall Hikes 2014


Saturday, September 6 - Upper and Lower Goose Ponds
We'll paddle Upper and Lower Goose Ponds taking a break for lunch at the AMC Cabin on Upper Goose Pond. PFD required. Stormy weather/wind cancels. For information call: Dotty Taft 413-743-0384.


Tuesday, Sept 9 - Sunset/ Full Moon Paddle on Onota Lake
Enjoy a sunset on the lake and Paddle around Onota Lake by moonlight.
For information call: Sue Snyder 413-281-3303 Email ssnyder160@gmail.com or Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com


Saturday, September 13 - Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield, MA
B.3.C We will climb the Shadow, Pine Mountain and Taconic Crest trails to Berry Pond, then navigate to the start of the Lulu Brook Trail for our descent to the cars completing a loop of approximately six miles. For information call: Pat Plue 413-997-2120 or email pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.


Sunday, September 14 - Ashfield Trails, Ashfield, MA
B.4.C Hike the DAR Trail and the Two Bridges Trail. Explore two Trustees of the Reservations properties: Chapel Brook Reservation and Bullitt Reservation. Enjoy the view from Pony Mountain. 6 miles total. We will need to spot cars and the trailheads are an hour away so plan on a full day. Bring lunch and water. Rain cancels. For information call: Judy Gitelson 445-5540 and Margaret Cahill 842-5248.


Friday, Sept 19th and Saturday, Sept 20th. Bike Cape Cod Canal and Rail Trail/ Hike Great Island in Wellfleet. Friday, we will bike the Cape Cod Canal. Saturday, we will hike the Great Island Trail in Wellfleet, 7 mile round trip to Great Beach Hill and Jeremy Point Overlook on Wellfleet Harbor. We will then bike parts of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. For information call: Sue Snyder. 413-281-3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com. Trip will not run unless there are at least 4 people signed up by September 15th.


Sunday, September 28 - AT from Cheshire to Mount Greylock
AA.3.B We will hike from the AT in downtown Cheshire to the summit of Mount Greylock, approx 8 miles. We will return via Gould Trail to spotted cars, approx 3.4 miles. Elevation gain - 2390 ft. Severe weather cancels, check with leaders if unsure. For information call: Harold Moon, 413-443-4501 or moonharold@aol.com and Michelle Filiault, 413-822-0778 or arthemise29@gmail.com.


Saturday, October 4 - Spruce Hill/Hoosac Range
B-3-C We'll begin by hiking along the Busby Trail in Savoy State Forest which will bring us to Spruce Hill and beautiful views after a 700 foot elevation gain. Moderate terrain with some steep sections. After lunch, we'll return to spotted cars via the BNRC Hoosac Range Trail, again with great overlooks to the East and West. 5.6 miles total. This is not a fast paced hike! Rain cancels. For information call: Dotty Taft 413-743-0384.


Sunday October 12 – Annual Meeting, Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, West Mountain Road, Lenox, MA
Enjoy the beautiful setting of this Mass. Audubon property by doing one of the hikes, or just join us in time for the meal. Meet at the barn, on the left as you walk down the driveway from the parking lot.
Short Hike: Leave: 11:30 AM; Leader: Hillary Filios – This hike will stay on the flat part of the Sanctuary. 
Longer Hike: Leave: 10:00 AM; Leader: Carl Filios Lunch: 1:00 PM; Bring a dish/dessert to be shared; bring your own plate and utensils; coffee/tea/condiments provided. A short business meeting will be followed by a presentation on rattlesnakes by Tom Tyning, formerly employed by Mass. Audubon, and currently teaching at Berkshire Community College.
NOTE: If you would like to come to lunch, but need a ride, please contact a committee member. We will try to arrange transportation.


Saturday, October 18 - Seven Sisters Hike – Holyoke
B.3.B This length of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail stretches across the ridge-line and is a fabulous way to see the Pioneer Valley from a unique perspective as well as taking in a beautiful hike from one end to the next. From the parking lot, hike will begin across street. We will continue east on the M&M trail up the eastern face of Bare Mountain -- The Seven Sisters are a group of small hills (dips and rises) along the ridge of the range --- At the end of hike, a great view and place to picnic! For information call: Maureen Daley, 413-728-5162 or mkingdaley@gmail.com.


Sunday, October 19 - Perry’s Peak, Pittsfield/Richmond
B-3-B/C We will hike from Route 20 to Perry’s Peak and return via an alternate route. Some hilly sections, terrain here is rough and wet. Fun. For information call: Kathy Lee 413-443-9562, klee@nycap.rr.com.


Saturday, October 25 - Otis State Forest, Otis, MA
B.3.C Hike approximately 7 miles along sections of Upper Spectacle Pond and Lower Spectacle Pond through the Otis State Forest. For information call: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com. 


Sunday, October 26 - Becket Quarry and Forest, Becket, MA
B.3.C Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket. For information call: Ann Krawet, 413-623-6069, 845-341-3066 or anndavek@gmail.com.


Saturday, November 1 - Macedonia Ridge Trail, Kent, CT
B.3.C We will hike the blue blazed loop (6.7 miles) through varied terrain, with a few challenging descents throughout and a rock scramble. Cobble Mountain will offer spectacular views to the west of the Taconic Range and Catskill Mountains For information call: Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244 or jaoneglia@hughes.net.


Sunday November 2 - Hopkins Memorial Forest to Taconic Crest Trail, Williamstown, MA
A-3-C Starting at the trails of the Hopkins Memorial Forest we will hike to the Birch Brook Trail which ascends to the Taconic Crest Trail. We will continue north ending at the Snow Hole. Returning will be the same route making a total of 10 miles. For information call: Mary Vadney 518-756-3881 or 518-859-4390 twoblu2@aol.com.
October 30, 2011
Paddle on the Housatonic 

The historic October snowstorm that dumped
18 inches of snow in the Berkshires added
to the beauty and adventure of this paddle.

Previous Outings
October 21, 2011 Sages Ravine






The Bolders, Dalton, MA

There were 6 people on the hike plus the leader. We met at Gulf Road across from the Appalachian Trail, entering the The Boulders at the Gulf Gate, which makes a loop back to the road. Since Gulf Road is closed in the winter it had a good snow base for snowshoeing. We followed the road to the Wizard's GLen where the boulders rise looming above our heads. Before we started I read a story given to me by Lois Hornig about the Wizard's Glen mystique and legend. From the glen we backtracked to the Glen Gate and followed the red/white trail to the blue trail to the Boulders. It was overcast, but there was a view looking south at the mountain range. Also we observed a deer running off in the distance and discovered where the deer had bed down overnight. On the way back it started to snow, the woods were so beautiful. The snowshoe started at 10 am and we were back at our cars at about 1:15 pm

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