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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 detail.








Berkshire Knapsackers Winter Events 2017
Contact leader for meeting time and place.

Sunday, January 1 – 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

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 Fall Hikes 2016


aturday, 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, 2019. 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 - 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 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







Winter 2016 Outing Schedule

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.



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






















FALL 2015 OUTINGS

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, 2015
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.


















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