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[at-l] Hiking in Mass Sat



Saturday is Massachusetts AT Day.  We are leading 14 hikes along the
length of the trail.  There is a dinner afterwards and Bob Proudman
will be speaking after the dinner.  Below is the official bumpf, hope
to see some of you NE'sters there.

Cosmo



Come and enjoy the best hiking in the Berkshires!  The Massachusetts
AT Committee is proud to host 14 day hikes covering the entire
Appalachian Trail in the state.

Hikes range from short moderate hikes through fields, farmlands and
river valleys to more challenging climbs to the state's highest peak.


After the hikes are over, you are invited to a dinner  at the South
Congregational Church, 110 South St.(Rt. 7), in Pittsfield.  After
dinner, hike leaders will report on their hikes and trail conditions.
Following the leader's  reports, we will have a speaker on the
history of the Appalachian Trail.
.Social hour begins at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6pm.  You do not
need to hike to come to the dinner.

Hikes and evening events are open to the public as well as AMC
members. Cost for the dinner and program is $10(half price for
children under 12), payable at the door. Make reservations by Oct.  3
by calling Cosmo Catalano (413-458-5349) before 9pm or by e-mail at
ccatalan@williams.edu.

Contact trip leaders for more information about specific hikes (area
code is 413 except  as indicated). Hikes are generally not cancelled
due to rain, so bring rain gear as well as water, lunch, and sturdy
footwear.  If you have general questions regarding AT Day or the
Berkshire Chapter AT Committee, contact Cosmo Catalano
(413-548-5349), or  ccatalan@williams.edu, or  our web page:
http://friends.backcountry.net/MassAT/ATCommHome.html

Hike #1 Sages Ravine to Race Brook Falls Trail. Ten miles with
beautiful views from open cliffs, waterfalls, hemlock groves,
including part of the Undermountain Trail, Paradise Lane and Race
Brook Falls trail as well as a section of the AT. This is a strenuous
but rewarding hike for those in good condition. Meet at 8:30 am at
Race Brook Trail parking area on Route 41 in South Egremont, 3 miles
south of Jug End Road. Leader: Gary Forish (562-6792)  A3B

Hike #2 Race Brook Falls Trail to the AT and north to Jug End Rd.
Beautiful waterfalls, views of Mt. Greylock, the Catskills, other
mountains and the Housatonic valley. A strenuous hike of 7 miles
using Race Brook Falls Trail as an access. Meet at the Race Brook
Trailhead on Rte. 41 at 9 am. Leader: David Wallis (562-4350). B3B

Hike #3 Jug End Road, Sheffield to Boardman Street. A moderate hike
of 5.5 miles with no major ascent. See a variety of habitats from
open fields to woodlands.  Meet at 10:00 am at Appalachian Mountain
Gear across Route 7 from Gt. Barrington Fairgrounds. Leader: John
Purbrick (781)-646-6246). B3D

Hike #4 Home Rd. To Benedict Pond. Moderately strenuous hike over
East Mountain and along ledges with nice views. 7.5 miles. Meet at
Appalachian Mountain Gear near Gt. Barrington Fairgrounds on Rt. 7 at
9 am. Leader: Bob Parker, 229-0472 (Sat./Sun.)  212-691-8961
(weekdays)  B3C

Hike #5 Benedict Pond to Tyringham Cobble. Moderately strenuous, 9
miles, including views, a beaver pond, shelters, spruce grove and
interesting rock formations. Meet at Friendly's parking lot in Lee on
Rt 20 at 9:30 am. Leader: Tom Leary  (496-9643).  A3C

Hike #6 Fernside Road to Goose Pond Road, Tyringham. This is a
moderate and enjoyable 7.5 mile hike with varied scenery. You may
want to take a short side trail to the panoramic view of Tyringham
from Tyringham Cobble. Meet at 9 am near the Tyringham Fire Station
on Main Road. Pete Rentz(442-6732)  B3C

Hike #7 Route 20 to Upper Goose Pond Road. Explore the flora and
fauna with a side trip to the cabin and return to Rt. 20.
Approximately 5.5 miles of moderate, scenic walking. Meet 10am at the
rink across from Friendly's on Rt 20 in Lee. Leader:  Bart Estes
(267-3365).  B3C

Hike #8 Rt 20 Lee to Pittsfield Rd., Washington.  9.5 miles of
moderately paced and moderately strenuous  hiking through October
Mountain State Forest, over Becket Mountain and along scenic Finnerty
Pond. Meet 9am at AT trailhead, Route 20 in Lee. Leader: Leader:
Steve Smith (978-692-8219)  A3B

Hike #9 Pittsfield Road, Washington to Grange Hall Road, Dalton. A
pleasant, moderate hike of 7 miles with good views from Warner Hill
summit. Meet 9:30 at the Williams Street Plaza, Pittsfield. Leader:
Cosmo Catalano(458-5349)   B3C

Hike #10 Houstonic St. To Grange Hall Rd Round trip, making a total
of 4 miles. This will be a short, interesting hike for those who are
not free to walk in the morning. Meet at 1pm at AT crossing near the
train tracks on Housatonic Street, Dalton. Leader: Jim Seltzer
(450-9242)  C3C

Hike #11 Cheshire to Gulf Rd., Dalton. About 8 miles of mostly
moderate hiking. Nice views of Hoosac Lake, the valley and mountains
from Cheshire Cobble. Gore Pond, the highest pond in the state. Meet
at 10am in school parking lot on School St. in Cheshire opposite the
post office. Leader: Bill Gwozdz(283-4047 )  B3C

Hike #12 Rt. 8 Cheshire to Mount Greylock summit. This is a strenuous
hike of approximately 7 miles. You will hike through meadows and open
woods. Then climb up--sometime steeply--through hemlock groves and
mixed woodlands. Meet 9am at the parking area of the white church on
Rt. 8 in Cheshire, just north of the traffic light. Leader: Dotty
Taft (662-2680)  B3B

Hike #13 Pattison Road to Mt. Greylock summit. This is a 5.5 mile,
strenuous hike involving some steep climbing on Prospect, Williams
and Greylock mountains, rewarded with great views. Meet at 9am in the
Heritage Park parking area. (There is a sign at the bridge on Rt. 8
in North Adams). Leader:  Dave Wood  (617-965-9884)  B3B

Hike #14 Massachusetts Ave to the Vermont border. Up on the AT and
return using the Pine Cobble Trail. This is 8 miles of fairly
strenuous but pleasant hiking with good views from Pine Cobble and
Eph's Lookout. Meet 9am at Cole Ave and North Hoosic Road in
Williamstown.  Leader:  Bob Hatton(458-3123)  B2B