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 KNAPSACKER SPRING 2015 OUTINGS

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 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.



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 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 Knapsacker Fall Schedule 2013

Saturday, September 7 - Windham High Peak, Windham, NY

We will be hiking along the escarpment trail of the Catskill Mts. to reach the summit of Windham High Peak. At this point you can see views of Albany, the Green Mts of Vermont, and the Taconic mountain range including Greylock.  
For information contact: Mary Vadney, 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390, email twoblu2@aol.com.

Saturday, September 14 - Paddle Ashmere Lake

Located in Peru and Hinsdale, this lake is owned by the Commonwealth of MA. Distance is 4.6 miles. PFDs required. Bring lunch, water.  
For information contact: Dotty Taft, 413.743.0384.

Saturday, September 21 - Tri-State Hike, MA,CT & NY

Hike starts on East St/Mt Washington Rd at the CT/MA boundary line. Climb Round & Frissell Mtns, great views. Return via Brace Mtn Trail to Mt Washington Rd & the Bog Trail. Heavy rain cancels.
For information contact: Bob Balboni, 413.232.4433 or rabalb@verizon.net and Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com.

Saturday, September 28 - Mount Greylock

Will be hiking up Jones Nose connecting up with AT to Bascom Lodge. We return along a short section of the Hopper Trail before meeting up with CCC Dynamite Trail following it back to the parking lot.
For information contact: Ron Rousseau, 413.443.5401.

Saturday, October 5 - South Taconic Trail

We will hike about six miles on the South Taconic Trail between Taconic State Park and the Robert Brook trailhead on Under Mountain Road.  
For information contact: Harold Moon, 413.443.4501 or moonharold@aol.com.

Sunday, October 6 - Annual Meeting, Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock, MA

For information contact a commitee member

Sunday, October 13 - Ragged Mountain, Adams, MA 

Following mostly informal trails we will ascend to the mid overlooks for lunch. Returen via the switchbacks. About 6-7 miles. Bring lunch and water. For information contact: Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562 or Klee@nycap.rr.com.

Sunday, October 20 - Bousquet to Olivia’s Outlook Mahanna Cobble

Climb Bousquet to Olivia's Outlook. 7 miles one way. Spot cars. Beautiful views, side trip to BNRC overlook. Rain cancels. Dogs welcome.  
For information contact: Vicky Singer, 413-442-3701 or vsinger2@yahoo.com.

Saturday, October 26 - Taconic Crest via Birch Brook Trail

Hike 5-6 miles starting at Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown; hiking along the Carriage Road, which leads to the Birch Brook Trail and l climb to the Taconic Crest Trail, and eventually to an overlook with great views towards NY
For information contact: Dotty Taft, 413-743-0384.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 – Upper Connecticut River Flatwater Paddle

Paddle 6.3 miles from the Governor Hunter Recreation Area, beginning at the Vernon Dam and paddling through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, to the Pauchaug Boat Ramp, with a option to paddle an additional 8.5 miles to the Riverview Picnic Area.
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski, 413-448-8359, email dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, November 2 - Becket Quarry and Forest, Becket, MA

Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket.
For information contact: Ann Krawet, 413-623-6069 or anndavek@gmail.com and Carl Filios 413-442-8984, cefilios@verizon.net.

Saturday November 9 - Seven Sisters Hike - Holyoke

"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, leisurely hike from one end to the next.
For information contact: Maureen Daley, 413-728-5162 or mkingdaley@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 16 - Appalachian Trail, Dalton, MA

Hike the section of the AT from LP Adams Lumber Company on Housatonic Street in Dalton to the Kay Wood Shelter (just past Grange Hall Road in Dalton
For information contact: Margaret Cahill, 413.842.5248 or mgcahill@aol.com.

Sunday, November 17 - Yokun Ridge - Olivia's Overlook South, Lenox, MA

Hike the Cliffs Trail to the rock overlook at its southern end with a spectacular east-west view.
For information contact: Sue Snyder. 413.281.3303, ssnyder160@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 23 – Mountain Meadows or Hopkins Forest, Williamstown, MA

Hike will be either Mountain Meadows or Hopkins Forest, both about 5 miles, with moderate difficulty.  
For information contact: Barb Murdock 413.458.9300, email bmurdock4@verizon.net.

Saturday, November 30 – Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru, MA

We will hike approximately four miles of trails in the Sanctuary
For information contact: Carl Filios, 413.442.8984, cefilios@verizon.net

Saturday, December 14 – AT from Washington Mtn Rd to Jacob’s Pillow, Lee, MA

Hike 8 miles along the AT from Washington Mtn Rd to Jacob’s Pillow AT parking lot on Rt 20 in Lee.
For information contact: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359 or dobojc@aol.com.

Sunday, December 22 - Lenox Mountain Trails

We will hike some mountain biking trails and include the Burbank Trails of the BNRC, stopping at a nice overlook for lunch.
 For information contact: Kathy Lee 413.443.9562 or Klee@nycap.rr.com.




Spring 2013

Saturday, April 6, Hike 5 miles on the Phelps Trail leading to the Taconic Crest Trail, going south to the junction of the Mills Hollow Trail. For information contact Dotty Taft 413.743.0384.

Saturday, April 20, Paddle Flat Brook Area in West Stockbridge, Cranberry Pond, Crane Lake, and Mud Pond. and return. For information contact Kathy Lee 
413.443.9562, klee@nycap.rr.com.

Saturday, April 27 – Hike the Seven Sisters Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, Holyoke, MA. For information contact Maureen Daley 413.728.5162, (mkingdaley@gmail.com). 

Sunday, April 28 – Hike Gorge Trail, October Mt., Lee, MA, to Felton Pond and Scenic View. For information contact Jan Chague, 413.637.1818. Email: jg_chague@hotmail.com.

Saturday, May 4 - Hike 5-7 miles on Race Brook Falls to Mt. Everett and Mt. Race. For information contact Mary Vadney 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390, email twoblu2@aol.com.

Sunday, May 5 – Hike 6 miles from Notchview to Windsor Jambs. For information contact Joe Brindisi 413.499.4613.

Saturday, May 11 – Take a wildflower hike in Bartholomew’s Cobble. For information contact Nancy King 413.644.8873.

Sunday, May 12 - Hike 6.7 miles through varieds tewrrain of Macedonia Ridge Trail, Kent, CT. For information contact Jill Oneglia, 860-309-4244, jaoneglia@hughes.net.

Saturday, May 18 – Hike a 5 mile loop in the Mohawk Trail State Forest along the Indian Trail leading to the Mahican Mohawk Trail and Todd Mt. For information contact Dotty Taft 413.743. 0384 Co-Leader: Margaret Cahill-413.842.5248.

Saturday, May 25 – Hike 4-5 miles in Mountain Meadows, Williamstown, MA. For information contact Barb Murdock :413.450.9300 or email bmurdock4@verizon.net.

Sunday, June 2 – Hike on the Vista Trail of Mahanna Cobble, Lenox, MA, continuing along Yokun Ridge to Bousquet Ski Area For information contact Judy Gitelson 413 445-5540.

Saturday, June 15 – Hike a10 mile loop atMt. Washington State Forest, Mt. Washington, MA. on Ashley Hill Trail, to Mt. Brace and Mt. Frissell. We will proceed north on the South Taconic Trail and return on Ashley Hill Trail. For information contact Carl Filios, 413.442.8984, cefilios@verizon.net.

Sunday, June 16 - Hike the Chestnut Trail, Class of '98 Trail, and part of the Pine Cobble Trail, inWilliamstown, MA. For information contact Marion Grillon 413.663.8700 or mariongrillon@hotmail.com.

Saturday, June 22 - Hike about 11 miles on the South Taconic Crest Trail from the Catamount trailhead up Mt Fray, by Prospect Hill and around Dugway Hill, going down the Cedar Brook Trail, up Alander Mountain, and down the Robert Brook Trail. For information contact Harold Moon 413-443-4501 or moonharold@aol.com.





Knapsackers - Winter Schedule 2013
(January, February, March)

Saturday, January 5
Hike 6.5 miles in Peoples Forest, south of historic Riverton, CT, home to
Hitchcock Furniture. Included are rock scrambles, stream crossings, steep
ascents/descents. For information contact Jill Oneglia 860-309-4244
(jaoneglia@hughes.net).

Sunday, January 6
Kayak up the Housatonic River for about 1.5 hours from the Decker Boat
Ramp, then back down. For information contact Joe Doboszynski, 413.448.8359,
Email dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, January 12
Hike October Mtn. State Forest, following the AT south to the Gorilla
trail, along County Rd to West Branch Rd., and back on Ashley Trail to the
start. (Snowshoe if snow). For information contact Ron Rousseau
413-443-5401.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 – Snowshoe or Hike Boulders, Gulf Rd., Dalton,
MA
Snowshoe or hike the Boulders in Dalton on several of the trails including
Wizard Glen. For information contact Jan Chague 413.637.1818 or
_jg_chague@hotmail.com_ (mailto:jg_chague@hotmail.com) .

Saturday, January 19
Snowshoe or hike in Beartown St. Forest, around the pond and to the scenic
vista, about 4-5 miles. For information contact Nancy King, 413.644.8873.

Sunday, January 20
Snowshoe/hike Mt. Greylock 9 miles on the Hopper Trail and the AT, to the
summit of Mt. Greylock, reversing the order on the descent. For
information contact Dennis Goff, 518.339.8782.

Saturday, January 26
Cross-Country Ski/Snowshoe/Hike (in that order depending on conditions),
the loop around the fire tower on Borden mountain in Savoy State Forest
depending on conditions Marion Grillon, 413.663.8700,
mariongrillon@hotmail.com.

Sunday, January 27
Cross-country ski, snowshoe/hike from Balance Rock State Park to Potter
Mt Road and on across the ridge to Jiminey Peak, returning via Potter Mt.,
Some steep ascents. For information contact Kathy Lee, 413 443 9562,
_klee@nycap.rr.com_ (mailto:klee@nycap.rr.com)

Saturday, Feb 2
Hike 5 miles, easy to moderate, on the Holy Mount across from Shaker
Villagealong Shaker Loop Trail. For information contact Maureen Daley
413.728.5162 (_mkingdaley@gmail.com_ (mailto:mkingdaley@gmail.com) ).

Sunday, Feb. 3
Snowshoe/ hike 4-5 mi. in Mt. Holyoke Range State Park along the
Metacomet-Monadnock trail to Mt. Norwottuck and Rattlesnake Knob miles. For
information contact Harold Moon, 413-443-4501, or moonharold@aol.com.

Sunday, February 10
Snowshoe/hike 5-6 miles on the Dome Trail, Pownal, VT, to the summit of
the Dome, returning on the Agawon Trail to Broad Brook Trail. For
information contact Mary Vadney 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390, email
twoblu2@aool.com.

Sunday February 17
Snowshoe/hike about 5 miles along various trails through Savoy Mountain
State Forest to Tannery Falls, Balanced Rock and back. Micro-spikes or
equivalent strongly recommended. For information contact Joe Doboszynski,
413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.

Saturday, February 23
Snowshoe/hike about 5-6 miles in an area NW of October Mt. State Forest.
For information contact Carl Filios, 413.442.8984, cefilios@verizon.net.

Saturday, March 2
Snowshoe/hike 5.2 miles in Peoples Forest, south of historic Riverton, CT,
on rolling terrain in the forest, climbing Ragged Mountain, descending the
other side to search for the Indian Caves from there we can continue to
descend to trailhead or return back over the mountain to the parking lot.
For information contact Jill Oneglia, 860-738-1050 (jaoneglia@hughes.net)

Sunday, March 10
Hike Housatonic/Root Farm to Monument Mtn., Stockbridge, MA. For
information contact Pat Frik, 413.274.1433 or 413.717.1547, or email
patfrik@gmail.com.

Saturday, Mar 23
Hike the first 9.5 miles of the AT in southern Massachusetts from Sages
Ravine, along Laurel Ridge, up.down Mt. Race to Jug End Road. We will
position cars at Jug End Road and start the hike in Connecticut at the Bear
Mountain trail. For information contact Harold Moon 413-443-4501 or
moonharold@aol.com.

Sunday, March 24
Hike Mt. Greylock along the Roaring Brook Trail, to Sperry Rd. and on to
the March Cararact seasonal waterfall, returning along the same route.
For information contact: Joe Brindisi, (uffda17@ verizon.net).

Saturday, March 30
Snowshoe/hike approx. 5 mile loop over Harvey Mtn., Austerlitz, NY, and
Pinnacle Point. Hike is flat most of the way. For information contact
Bob Balboni, 413.232.4433.

Sunday, March 31
Hike Easter Brunch on October Mt. along the River Road to the Gorge Trail
and up to Felton Pond. For information contact Kathy Lee, 413 443 9562,
_klee@nycap.rr.com_ (mailto:klee@nycap.rr.com


Fall 2012 
Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Saturday, Sept. 8 – Connecticut River Paddle: Paddle 6.5 miles along
the Connecticut River south from Riverview Picnic & Recreation Area at
Northfield Mt. Experienced/intermediate paddlers only. PFD required.
For information call Dotty Taft, 413.743.0384.


Sunday, September 9 - Mt Greylock, Adams, MA: Hike up Thunderbolt to
summit of Greylock and return. For information call Sue Snyder
413.281.3303
(ssnyder160@gmail.com).


Saturday, September 15 - Mt Greylock : Hike the CCC Dynamite Trail,
Hopper Trail to Bascom Lodge returning along the AT and Jones Nose.
For information call Ron Rousseau. 413.443.5401


Saturday, Sept. 22 Broad Brook/AT/Pine Cobble : Hike 9.5 miles of
numerous crossings of Broad Brook to the Seth Warner Shelter on the
AT, and return via the AT and Pine Cobble Trail. For information call
Andy Plue 413.997.2120, (pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com)


Saturday, Sept. 29 Tyringham Bicycle and Hike: Hike to the Tyringham
Cobble overlook for lunch, then bike to Ashintulley Gardens to explore
the garden and return via McCarthy Road. Helmets required. For
information call Kathy Lee 413.443. 9562, (klee@nycap.rr.com). Rain
cancels.


Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Grafton Lakes State Park, Grafton, NY:
Hike the trails around the lakes at Grafton Lakes State Park and the
newly restored Dickinson Hill Fire Tower offering views of the
Adirondacks, Green Mountains, Berkshires, Taconics and Helderbergs.
For information call Marion Grillon 413.663.8700,
(mariongrillon@hotmail.com).


Saturday October 13 – Berlin Pass Trail Taconic Crest: Hike up the
Berlin Pass Trail to the Taconic Crest Trail and Berlin Mtn.
continuing north to Petersburg Pass. For information call Dotty Taft
413.743.0384. Rain Cancels.


Saturday, Oct. 20 – Pittsfield State Forest: Climb to Berry Pond via
the serpentine bike route and up the Taconic Crest north to the
Taconic Skyline south proceeding to Churchill Brook Trail heading for
the Honwee Loop and an ascent and descent of Honwee Mountain
completing a 7.5 mile loop. For information call Leader: Pat Plue
413.997.2120, (pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com).


Saturday, Oct 27 - Seven Sisters Hike Metacomet-Monadnock Trail –
Holyoke, MA: Leisurely hike a length of the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail
in the Amherst/Holyoke area stretching across the ridgeline
overlooking the Pioneer Valley. For information call Maureen Daley
413.728.5162, (mkingdaley@gmail.com).


Saturday, November 3, Taconic Crest Trail--Petersburg Pass to Berlin
Mtn. and Southeast Hollow: Hike from Petersburg Pass south over
Berlin Mountain (continuing to the Southeast Hollow access trail). For
information call Karen Ross, 518.794-7474, (kcoyross@aol.com) and
Vicky Singer 413.442.3701 (vsinger2@yahoo.com).


Sunday, Nov. 4th Appalachian Trail Rt 23 (Monterey) to Junction of
Boardman and Kellogg Rd (Great Barrington): Hike7.l miles over East
and June mountains and ridgewalk through Ice Gulch. Not suitable for
beginners. For information call: Dona 413.717.1665


Saturday, Nov 10 Mt Greylock : Hike from Jones Nose on Woodason
Spring, Rounds Rock, Northrup & Bradley Farm Trails. For information
call Ron Rousseau 413.443.5401


Saturday, Nov. 17 Hopkins Memorial Forest: Hike/snowshoe depending
on conditions 5.5 miles on the Carriage Road Trail and the figure 8
loop of the Hopkins Memorial Forest Trail. For information call Dotty
Taft 413.743.0384.



Sunday, Nov. 18 Becket Quarryand Forest, Becket, MA: Hike 5-6 miles
of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket. For
information call Ann Krawet 413.623.6069 ( anndavek@hughes.net) and
Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, (dobojc@aol.com).


Sunday, Dec 2 Keystone Arch Bridges Trail, Chester, MA: An easy
4.5mile hike into railroad history, walking along the west branch of
the Westfield River to view America's first keystone arch bridges,
built in 1840. For information call: Carl and Hillary Filios
413.442.8984.


Sunday, Dec. 9 – Gould Trail Mt. Greylock: Hike 6 miles round trip on
the Gould Trail to the top ofGreylock and back. Very strenuous. For
information call Vicky Singer 413.442.3701 and Harold Moon
413.443.4501.


Saturday, Dec. 15 – Tolland State Forest, Tolland, MA: Hike 8 miles
through Tolland State Forest, along Farmington River, up through CCC
camp, and along Otis Reservoir, Gilmore Trail, and Sawmill Trail. For
information call Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, (dobojc@aol.com).


Sunday, Dec. 23 October Mtn Hike: Hike a 5 mile loop starting on the
AT and returning via wood roads from Kirchner Road. For information
call Kathy Lee 413.443.9562 klee@nycap.rr.com



2012 Spring Outings 

Sunday, April 1 Tri State Hike over 3 Summits
Hike in 3 states and over 3 summits (Round, Frissell & Brace). Discover the tri-state marker & the highest point in CT. Multiple views, some steep sections, approx 6 miles. For information contact Pat Frik 413.274.1433 or 413.717.1547, or email patfrik@gmail.com

Saturday, April 7 – Mount Greylock, Lanesboro, MA
Hike (or snowshoe) 9 miles along the Hopper Trail and the AT, to the summit of Mount Greylock, gaining 2,390 feet in elevation, reversing the order on the descent and adding the Money Brook Trail. Heavy snow or ice cancels. For information contact Dennis Goff, 518.339.8782.

Saturday, April 14 – Alander Mountain from New York
Hike 9+ miles with 1500 feet elevation gain on the Alander Brook Trail heading south on the STT, looping back north on the Ashley Hill Trail to ascend Alander Mt., returning back on the STT. Heavy rain or snow cancels. For information contact Mary Vadnais, 518.756.3881 or 518.859.4390.

Sunday, April 22 - AT from Gulf Road to Cheshire Cobble 
Hike 7 miles from Gulf Road on the AT passing Gore Pond to Cheshire Cobble. For information contact Kathy Lee 413.443.9562, or email klee@nycap.rr.com.

Saturday, April 28 - Mt Greylock Roaring Brook Trail 
Hike to the summit of Mt. Greylock via the Roaring Brook Trail, Sperry Road to Stony Ledge and down the Stony Ledge Trail.
Meet: Roaring Brook trail head, off Rt 7 Williamstown, MA. . For information contact Sue Snyder 413-281-3303, ssnyder160@gmail.com

Sunday, April 29 – Housatonic River Kayak/Canoe
Paddle down the Housatonic River from Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield, to Decker Canoe Landing, and on to Woods Pond, Lenox. For information call Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359, Email DOBOJC@AOL.COM.

Saturday, May 5 – DAR State Forest, Goshen, MA
Hike about 4 miles through DAR State Forest, trails to be determined. Rain Cancels. For information contact Margaret Cahill 413.842.5248/Judy Gitelson 413.445.5540.

Sunday May 6, 2012 - Prospect, Williams, Fitch, Greylock, Adams, MA
Hike the Money Brook Trail to the second bridge that crosses Money Brook then begin a rigorous bushwhack of Mount Prospect, proceeding on the Appalachian trail to the summits of Williams, Fitch and finally Greylock. Completion of the 12 mile loop will be on the Hopper Trail, through Sperry Campground and down the Haley Farm Trail. For information contact Andy Plue 413-997-2120 Email: pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.


Saturday, May 19 - Mt. Greylock North
Hike approximately 8 miles starting at the Bellows Pipe Trail head continuing to the AT, then along the AT to Bernard Farm Trail. At this point we can continue up to the summit of Mt Williams for bonus hiking points. We will then follow the Bernard Farm Trail until it meets with Notch Rd. We will finish the hike by hiking in the woods along Notch Rd until we are back at the cars. For information contact Harold Moon 413-443-4501,Email: moonharold@aol.com.

Sunday, May 20 High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary, Shelburne, MA
Hike about 5 miles through this Mass Audubon, ecologically sensitive property. Woodland wildflowers and bog vegetation are assured as well as abeautiful view of the Deerfield River Valley and Shelburne Falls Village. For information contact Hillary Filios 413-442-8984.
Saturday, June 2 _Biking in Goshen, MA
Bike a loop from the DAR State Park on Route 112 in Goshen MA to Shelburne Falls, then back via Shelbourne Falls Rd and Baptist Corner Rd. to Route 116. About 28-30 miles of biking. Helmets required. For information contact Kathy Lee, 413 4439562, klee@nycap.rr.com.

Sunday, June 3 - Money Brook Falls via AT up Mt. Prospect from North Adams
Hike up the newly reconstructed AT Trail from North Adams to the Mt. Prospect overlook with its view down into Williamstown and then to Money Brook Falls returning on the same trails. For information contact Marion Grillon 413.663.8700.

Saturday June 16, 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 then climbing to the top of the ridge then descending to Mt. Washington For. Hqtrs. For information contact Carl Filios, 413.442.8984, cefilios@verizon.net.

Saturday, June 23 - Saturday June 23 - Taconic 5 Peaks, Mt Washington, MA
A favorite hike over 5 peaks: Bear, Round, Frissel, Brace & Alander, in the Mt. Washington and Mt Riga State Forests, with a bit on the Appalachian Trail; a little over 13 miles. For information contact Rudy Hoeltzel, 413.298.3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com. 



Previous Outings

Sunday, January 8 - Housatonic River, Lenox, MA
Kayak up the river for about 1.5 hours from the Decker Landing, 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 14 - Field Farm, Williamstown, MA
Snoeshoe hike about 4 miles on architecturally interesting Trustees of
Reservations property, passing through varied habitats, including
agricultural fields dating back to 1750, wetlands, old growth forests,
and caves. For information contact Hillary Filios 413-442-8984.

Monday January 16 – Otis State Forest
Cross country ski Otis State Forest, passing by Upper and Lower
Spectacle Ponds. For information contact Erin Woodsome,
413.717.2733, or Email ewoodsome@sbrsd.org.

Sunday January 22 - Snowshoe Boulders, Dalton, MA
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 Email jg_chague@hotmail.com.

Saturday, January 28 - Mt. Greylock, Adams, MA
Snowshoe from the Glen up the Gould Trail to the summit of Greylock
and descend via the Thunderbolt completing a loop of approximately 6.5
miles. For information contact Sue Snyder/ Maureen Daly,
413.281.3303/413.728.5162 or ssnyder160@gmail.com/mkingdaley@gmail.com

Sunday, January 29 - Snowshoe in Windsor, MA
Come snowshoe on trails behind my home in Windsor (can walk if no snow). Enjoy the outdoors for about one and a half hours, then come in for a hot drink. Stormy weather cancels. Must RSVP for directions. Meet: 1:00 PM. Cyndie White 413.684.3089, or E-Mail: cyndie.ma@netzero.net

Saturday, February 4 - Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA
Snowshoe or hike around the pond and to the scenic vista, about 4-5
miles. For information contact Nancy King, 413.644.8873.

Sunday, February 5, Snow Hole, Petersburg Pass
We will be hiking/snowshoeing north on the Taconic Crest Trail to the
snow hole. Returning on the same trail. Canceled for inclement
weather. Meet: Petersburg Pass Trailhead on NY Rt. 2; Leave: 9:30
AM; Leader: Mary Vadney 518.756.3881.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - Thunderbolt Ski Race
Mt Greylock, Adams, MA (Ragged Mt hike cancelled)

Sunday, February 12 – Dorothy Rice Sanctuary, Peru MA
Showshoe approximately four miles of trails in the Sanctuary. For
information contact Carl Filios 413.442.8984, Email
cefilios@verizon.net.

Saturday, February 18 – Pittsfield State Forest
Hike/snowshoe along the Shaker Trail crossing over the Shakers’ Holy
Mountains. For information contact Ron Rousseau 413-443-5401.

Sunday, February 19 - Snowshoe Burbank Trail, Lenox, MA
Snowshoe on the Burbank Trail to Baldhead Road back to the Burbank
Trail. For information contact Jan Chague 413.637.1818 or
jg_chague@hotmail.com.

Saturday February 25 – October Mountain Snowshoe, Lee, MA
Snowshoe approximately 5 miles on the Boulder, Tannery, Ledge and
Tamarack trails starting at the Lee Campground taking advantage of
some interesting hills and dales. For information contact Pat Plue
413.997.2120 or Email pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com.

Sunday February 26 – Jug End Loop, Mt. Washington State Forest
Snowshoe/hike around Jug End. For information contact Pat Frik
413-274-1433 or cell 413-717-1547 patfrik@gmail.com

Saturday, March 3 - Cross Country Ski Mount Greylock
Cross country up the Old Greylock Road or Notch Road to the summit.
For information contact Kathy Lee, 413.443.9562, klee@nycap.rr.comSunday, 

March 4, 2012 - Guilder Pond and Mount Everett, Mount Washington, MA
Hike or snowshoe about 4.2 miles up the AT to the summit of Mt. Everett, returning along the AT and around Guilder Pond. Severe weather cancels, check with leader if unsure. Leader: Michelle Filiault  
518-794-0554 (arthemise@yahoo.com).

Sunday, March 18 - Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy, MA
B.3. Cross-Country Ski / Snowshoe / Hike (in that order) depending on
conditions the loop around the fire tower on Borden Mountain in the
Savoy State Forest. Meet: Big Y in Adams (Route 8 and 116); Leave:
9:30 AM; Leader: Marion Grillon 413.663.8700
mariongrillon@hotmail.com.

Sunday, March 25 - Round Mt in Tyringham and Tyringham Cobble
Hike around Round Mt. and then on to the Cobble. For information
contact Kathy Lee: 413 443 9562, klee@nycap.rr.com.

Saturday, March 31 - Mount Greylock East Face Loop, Adams, MA
Hike or snowshoeup the Thunderbolt Foot Trail to the Bellows Pipe
Trail, up the Bellows Pipe Ski Trail, up to the Appalachian Trail then
up to the summit of Greylock returning on the Gould Trail. For
information contact Harold Moon - 413-443-4501. Email:
moonharold@aol.com.




Berkshire Knapsackers - Fall Schedule 2011


Saturday, September 17 - Hike the Thunderbolt Trail approximately 6 miles. For information call Maureen Daley 413.728.5162, or email mkingdaley@gmail.com. 

Sunday, September 18 – Hike about 6 miles, starting with a steep climb up the AT from where it meets Avenue Road to Jug End, then continuing south on the AT to the Elbow Trail & back down to Berkshire School. For information call Pat Frik 413.274.1433 or patfrik@gmail.com.  

Saturday, October 1 – Triathlon
For information call Kathy Lee

Sunday, October 2 – Annual Meeting
For information call a committee member 

Sunday, October 9 - Hike 6 miles to Spruce Hill following the ridgeline from above the Hairpin Turn in North Adams to Spruce Hill in Savoy State Park. For information call Marion Grillon 413.663.8700.

Saturday, October 15 -Hike the Roaring Brook Trail up to the camp ground area with a side trip to Roaring Brook water falls, then to view the Cataract water falls before resuming our hike to Stony Ledge. For information call Ron Rousseau 413-443-5401.

Saturday, October 22 – Hike 10 miles through Sages Ravine and up the Appalachian Trail to Mount Race on the Race Brook Trail. For information call Harold Moon 413-443-4501.

Saturday, October 29 - Hike a 10 mile north-south loop trail in the central part of Beartown State Forest, For information call Rudy Hoeltzel, 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com.

Sunday, October 30 –Paddle down the Housatonic River from Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield, to Decker Canoe Landing, and on to Woods Pond. For information call Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359, Email DOBOJC@AOL.COM.

Saturday, November 5th – A short hike on a new trail beautifully laid out along the Housatonic River on Crane company property passing the remains of a mid-1800's textile mill. For information contact Sue & Tim Snyder 413.281.3303 or ssnyder160@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 12 – Hike about 4 miles on the Sara Tenney Trail. Enjoy some interesting history with this hike. For information contact Barbara Murdock, 413.458.9300 or email bmurdock4@verizon.net).

Sunday, November 13 – A relatively short 4 mile hike up Spruce Hill with a beautiful cliff look-out. For information call Michelle Filiault 518-794-0554 (arthemise@yahoo.com) or Kathy Contry 413-499-1397 (kconry@berkshire.rr.com)

Saturday, November 19 – Hike to the Nopel shelter located on the AT and on the Red Gate Trail up to the Old Adams Road then onto the AT returning on the Silver Fox Trail. For information call Ron Rousseau 413-443-5401.

Sunday, November 20 - Hike about 5 miles around half of Benedict Pond, then takes the Appalachian Trail north to the Ledges viewpoint across to the higher Lookout viewpoint. For information call Rudy Hoeltzel, 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com. 

Sunday, November 27 – Lenox Mountain & Yokun Ridge .
Call Karen Ross for details, 518-794-7474 (kcoyross@aol.com) or Sue Snyder (ssnyder160@gmail.com)

Saturday, Dec. 3 - Hike 8 miles on the Gilman Trail over to the Old Fire Tower site and back along the Lair Mountain Ridge Trail. For information contact Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.  

Sunday, December 4 – Hike October Mountain area. For information call Carl Filios 413-442-8984 (cefilios@verizon.net)

Sunday, December 18 - Hike from the Camp via Hawley Pass to Basin Brook and back on the road. For information call Kathy Lee 413 443 9562, klee@nycap.rr.com



We need Hike Leader's!!!
Consider checking out last season's activities for ideas to lead a hike
Last Season's Activities

January 1, 2011 - New Years Day Hike and Annual Party, Lenox Sportsfman’s Club
This year’s gathering will be held at the Lenox Sportsmen’s Club, located at 258 New Lenox Rd., in Lenox. The entrance road is near the railroad tracks. The building is not visible from New Lenox Rd. The “short” hike will be from 11:30 to 12:30, and will be near the Club. Bring your snowshoes, skis or hike, if the snow isn’t deep. 
The “long” hike will be a hike/snowshoe/ski in Kennedy Park in Lenox. If some people have skis and some have snowshoes, we will split into two groups.  
Leave: Lenox Sportsmen’s Club at 10:00 and return by 12:30. Leaders for the long hike are Carl and Hillary Filios (413.442.8984 or cefilios@verizon.net). Leader for the short hike: Jan Chague 413-637-1818
Dinner (Pot Luck) 1:00 pm. Drop off food before hiking. Bring your own place setting, serving utensils, and an appetizer, dessert, salad, or entrée to share. Club will provide tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.
Coordinator: Kathy Conry, 413.499.1397, kconry@berkshire.rr.com
Program: Doug Bruce from the Berkshire Natural Resources will be our guest speaker.  
The program will start around 2:00. Come and learn about the BNRC properties and the newest trails.

Thursday, 6 January - Haystack Mountain
About one and one-quarter hours from the Capital District, this gem of a mountain is located in the Pawlet Hills of Vermont, near Granville, New York. Less than four miles round-trip, with steep sections, the summit offers 360-degree views and a good place for lunch. Winter gear required. This is in conjunction with the Taconic Hiking Club. Call for meeting time and place. Leader: Susan Roberts 518.766.4170.  

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

Sunday, January 9 - October MT Cross Country Ski
A/B.3.C - Cross country ski on October MT from West Branch Rd to October MT reservoir and back via the Whitney Place Rd. We may ski into the Washington Mt Marsh, depending on conditions. If no snow, we will hike or snowshoe. Rain cancels. Bring lunch and fluids. Meet: 10:00 AM William's St Plaza (Dapson's); Leader: Kathy Lee 413 443 9562, klee@nycap.rr.com 

Saturday, January 15 Fountain Pond Trail, Great Barrington, MA
C.3.C - Hike or snowshoe 3 miles round-trip total from Fountain Pond to Berkshire South Community Center and return, with a little side excursion. The Fountain Pond trail has been beautifully rebuilt by the AMC. Overall, the going is rather easy, and passes through a handsome pine forest mid-way. Meet: Fountain Pond parking lot, east side of Rte 7 on the southbound slope from Monument Mtn down to the commercial strip on the north side of Great Barrington. Leave at 10 AM. Leader: Rudy Hoeltzel, 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com.

Saturday, Jananuary 22 – Otis State Forest, Otis, MA
B.3C - Cross country ski approximately 6 miles along sections of Upper Spectacle Pond and Lower Spectacle Pond through the Otis State Forest. If there is not enough snow we will snowshoe or hike. 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; Meet: The Rink, Rt. 20 Lee; Time: 8:45 AM; Leader: Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.  

Sunday, January 23 - Snowshoe
C.4.C - Come snowshoe on trails behind my home in Windsor (can walk if no snow). Enjoy the outdoors for about one and a half hours, then come in for a hot drink. Stormy weather cancels. Must RSVP for directions. Meet: 1:00 PM. Cyndie White 413.684.3089, or E-Mail: cyndie.ma@netzero.net


Saturday, January 29 – Hopkins Forest
Ski or snowshoe if snow is not good for skiing. Meet: Williamstown Public Library; Time: 9:30 AM; Leader: Barbara Murdock, 413.458.9300 or email bmurdock4@verizon.net.

Sunday, January 30 – Savoy St. Forest, Savoy, MA
B-3-B/C. We will cross-country ski in the area of Borden Mountain. If there is not enough snow we will snowshoe or hike. Meet: Big Y, Adams, corner of Routes 8 and 116. Leave: 9:30 AM. Leader: Carl Filios 413.442.8984, or cefilios@verizon.net.

Saturday, February 5 – Pittsfield State Forest
B.3.C - Hike / snowshoe a long the Shaker Trail crossing over the Shakers’ Holy Mountain. Meet: Trail head across the street from The Shaker Village located on Route 20 in Pittsfield. Leave: 9:00 AM: Leader Ron Rousseau 413.443.5401.

Thursday, February 8 - Berlin Mountain
Near Williamstown, we'll take the Berlin Pass Trail to the Crest Trail, travel South to Berlin Mountain, and descend by way of the Class of 33 Trail, a loop of less than five miles, but with some steep sections. Winter gear required. Call leader for meeting time and place. This is in conjunction with the Taconic Hiking Club. Leader, Susan Roberts 518-766-4170.

Saturday, February 12 - The Boulders, Dalton, MA
We will snowshoe the various trails under 5 miles in the Boulders with views to the North and West. Will cancel if heavy rain. Meet: Gulf Road, Dalton, MA. Take Route 9 from Coltsville towards Dalton, turn left on Park St. to Gulf Rd., turn left on Gulf Rd. about ¼ mile. Leave: 10:00. Leader: Jan Chague Chague, 413.637.1818. Email: jg_chague@hotmail.com

Friday, Februry 18 - Moonlight hike/cross country ski.
Will be discussed further at New Year's gathering. If there is interest, the meeting tme and place will be posted by email. Contact: Sue Snyder 281-3303 or snsyder160@gmail.com, or a committee member

Saturday, February 19 - Beartown Great Circular, Great Barrington, MA
A.3.B - Hike or snowshoe a lovely north-south loop trail in the higher central part of Beartown State Forest, some 10 miles total distance. Volunteers from a biking group do an outstanding job maintaining this trail, reserved for hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers only, with some nice touches friendly to non-motorized users. Varied terrain, with just a few strenuous stretches. Meet: Benedict Pond parking lot, reached by entrance from Stoney Brook Rd; Leave: 9:30 AM; Leader: Rudy Hoeltzel, 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com.

Sunday, February 20 - Old Mill Trail, Hinsdale, MA
B.3.C/D Short but sweet, hike or snowshoe hike, depending on conditions. Come check out this new trail, beautifully laid out along the Housatonic River on Crane company property. Along the way we will pass by the remains of a mid-1800's textile mill. Bring liquids and snacks, we should be done before lunchtime. Meet: Williams Street Plaza, Pittsfield, MA Leave: 9:00 AM or Meet: Old Mill Trailhead, across the bridge from route 8 on Old Dalton Rd, (across Old Dalton Rd from the Hinsdale Market). Leave: 9:30 AM; Leader: Hillary Filios 413.442.8984

Saturday, February 26 - Taconic Crest Trail--Rt. 20 to Tower Mtn.
B.3.C - We'll start at Rt. 20 at the top of Lebanon Mountain and snowshoe north along the Crest Trail, passing Shaker ponds and checking in on the expanded beaver pond at the top of the ridge. Our destination is Tower Mtn., a high point that until recently had quite good views west to Albany. We'll return via a Lebanon Springs neighborhood woods road to our spotted cars. I'm bringing my tested and trail-worthy Golden 'Louie,' so this hike will be a dog-friendly one. It's about 7 miles of ups and downs with about 1000' of vertical. Contact leader for meeting time and place: Karen Ross, 518: 794-7474 or kcoyross @aol.com 

Sunday, March 6 - Shaker Mountain, Hancock, MA

B.3.C - We will leave Route 20 and hike north up and around Shaker Mountain, around Holy Mount, and descend back to Route 20. Heavy rain cancels. Meet: Western end of Shaker Village parking lot, Route 20, Hancock, MA. Leave: 9:00 AM. Leaders: Michelle Filiault 518-794-0554 (arthemise@yahoo.com) & Sue Snyder 281-3303 (ssnyder160@gmail.com).

Saturday March 12 - Pittsfield State Forest 
B.3.C - We will start our five mile snowshoe with a rigorous climb up Honwee Mountain Trail (1.3 miles - 1000 ft. elevation gain), and a steep descent to the Lulu Brook trail. We’ll proceed to the east shore of Berry Pond for lunch, and return to the parking lot via the Turner Trail and the long, serpentine bike trail.  
Meet: Cascade Street entrance past the contact station and park headquarters to the Lulu Brook parking lot on the left. Leave at 9:30 A.M. Leader: Pat Plue 413- 997-2120 or pat-andy@berkshire.rr.com

Sunday March 13 - Savoy Mountain State Forest, North Adams/Savoy, MA
B.3.B/C - We will snowshoe the Busby Trail to Spruce Hill. After enjoying the view, we will take the Lost Pond Trail to the Blackbunian Loop, returning on the North Pond Loop. Total distance will be 6-7 miles.
Meet: Big Y North Adams (off Rt 2). Leave at 9:00 A.M. Leader: Carl Filios 413-442-8984 or cefilios@verizon.net

Saturday, March 19, Monument Mountain, Great Barrington, MA
A.3.A - This circular hike, about 8 miles, explores the Monument Moutain range via some familiar and unfamiliar paths. We will visit some or all of the viewpoints from Flag Rock, Squaw Peak, and the true Monument Mtn summit. A fair amount of bushwhacking will be involved, and the duration will be some 4.5 to 5 hours. Meet: Monument Mountain parking lot, Route 7, just south of the Regional High School; Leave: 9:30 AM; Leader: Rudy Hoeltzel, 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com.

March 27 - Best of Tyringham 
C/B.3.C - We will hike Round Mountain up a pretty gorge to a wetland and back around, about 2.4 miles. Then we will hike Tyringham Cobble, about 2 miles. Bring lunch, water. Meet: Friendly's on the Pittsfiled, Lenox Rd.; Time: 9:30 AM; Leader: Kathy Lee 413.443.9562, klee@nycap.rr.com

Recent Spring Hikes

Sunday April 10 - Berlin Mt, Rt 2 Petersburg Pass
Hike 5-6 miles beginning with a 1000' vertical climb from Petersburg Pass.
Leader: Sue Snyder 413-281-3303

Sunday April 17 - Becket Historic Quarry and Forest, Becket, MA
Hike 5-6 miles of easy to moderate trails in a historic area of Becket.
Leaders: Ann Krawet 413-623-6069, Carl Filios 413-442-8984  

Saturday April 30 - October Mountain, Lee, MA
Hike the Schermerhorn Trail to the Switchback Trail returning on the Gorge Trail, stopping for an energy break at Felton Pond. Some views to the west. Heavy rain cancels.
Leader: Jan Chague, 413.637.1818. Email: jg_chague@hotmail.com.

Saturday, May 7 - Appalachian Trail North, Tyringham, MA. 
Hike the AT north from Tyringham Rd to Route 20, approximately 8-9 miles. 
Leader: Rudy Hoeltzel 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com.

May 7,Sat.. Bike ride up Mt. Greylock (postponed until fall)
Leader: Barbara Murdock 458-9300 or bmurdock4@verizon.net.

Sat May 7 - Wildflower walk, Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Pittsfield, MA
Join us for a leisurely stroll on this Mass. Audubon property as we search for and identify spring wild flowers along the trails.  
Admission: free for Mass Audubon members and Pittsfield residents, non-members $4, seniors $3.
Leader: Hillary Filios 413-442-8984

Saturday May 14 – Kayak/Canoe Housatonic River, Pittsfield/Lenox, MA
Paddle down Housatonic River from Fred Garner Park, Pomeroy Ave., Pittsfield, to Decker Canoe Landing, New Lenox Rd, and on to Woods Pond, Lenox.
For information contact Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - Cedar Brook Trail to Sunset Rock, then Bash Bish Falls
We will hike up Cedar Brook Trail to Sunset Rock, and return via South Taconic Trail (3.5 miles). Upon return to the parking area, we will go to Bash Bish Falls (1.5 miles RT). Heavy rain cancels. Leaders: Michelle Filiault 518-794-0554 (arthemise@yahoo.com) and Kathy Conry 413-499-1397 (kconry@berkshire.rr.com).

Saturday, May 21 – Mt Greylock
Hike the CCC Dynamite Trail, Hopper Trail to Bascom Lodge returning along AT and Jones Nose. Leader Ron Rousseau 413-443-5401

Sunday, May 29 - Hoosac Range Trail, North Adams, MA
We will spot cars and then hike the new BNRC Hoosac Range Trail to Spruce Hill with its sweeping views of Adams, North Adams and Williamstown
Leader: Marion Grillon 413-663-8700

Saturday June 4 - Otis State Forest, Otis, MA
Hike approximately 7-8 miles along sections of Upper Spectacle Pond and Lower Spectacle Pond through the Otis State Forest. 
For information contact Joe Doboszynski 413.448.8359, Email dobojc@aol.com.  

Saturday June 4, 2011 South County Bike Ride, Umpachene Falls
Bike ride of about 25 miles. Start at Monument Mt High School
Leader: Kathy Lee, 413 443-9562, klee@nycap.rr.com

Sunday, June 5 - Taconic 5 Peaks, Mt Washington, MA 
A favorite hike over 5 peaks: Bear, Round, Frissel, Brace & Alander, in the Washington and Mt Riga State Forests. with a bit on the Appalachian Trail, approximately 13 miles
Leader: Rudy Hoeltzel 413-298-3361, rhoeltzel@aol.com

Sunday June 5 - Burbank Trail & Baldhead, Lenox, MA
Hike the Burbank Trail to Baldhead Rd stopping to see western view. Continue on Baldhead to the Ledges, backtrack back to Baldhead Rd and take loop trail to top of Baldhead, return on trail near Monks Pond
Leader: Jan Chague, 413.637.1818. Email: jg_chague@hotmail.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 - AT Dalton to Cheshire
We will hike 7.4 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. Heavy rain cancels. Contact leaders for meeting place & time. Leaders: Michelle Filiault 518-794-0554 (arthemise@yahoo.com) & Joe Doboszynski 413-448-8359 (dobojc@aol.com).

June 18, 2011 Mt. Washington State Forest
Hike approximately 10 miles on Ashley Hill Trail, Mt Brace and Mt. Frissell.
Leader: Carl Filios 413-442-8984; cefilios@verizon.net.SSaturday, February 12, 2011

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






CT River Kayak Oct 27, 2013.
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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