AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires Guide Book

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
AMCand39;s Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires  by Rene Laubach

281pp/maps
ISBN: 9781628420128

The Berkshires are for the most part a rather settled region, so it may surprise some to learn that there remain wild, untamed pockets of woodland and wetland where one can feel far away from it all. Yet, there is enough of a veneer of civilization even in the wildest locations to give one comfort. So in some ways, the Berkshires offer the hiker the best of two worlds. One world provides security, and the other provides the adventure and connection to nature that we all need.

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Trails from the "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.
... Preview: Alander is one of the most scenic summits in the Berkshires. Throw in a roaring mountain brook and attractive mixed woodland alive with birds, and you have a real winner. Trail maps are available at ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Mount Washington, MA - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail’s southernmost section is studded with biologically rich wetlands that host a panoply of birds and ends at picture-perfect Cheshire Reservoir. The moderate rating is base ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Lanesborough, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Rail-Trails,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7.4
... Preview: Long beloved by botanists and fern enthusiasts, the Cobble offers terrific birding and wildflower-viewing opportunities, interesting geology, and fabulous panoramic views from Hurlburt’s Hill. Check ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Sheffield, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: A tale of two trails: Choose either an easy stroll to Massachusetts’ most spectacular waterfall, and a short, steep climb for a fine view of Bash Bish Gorge, New York’s Harlem Valley, and the distant ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Mount Washington, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: A walk through magical mixed broadleaf and evergreen woodland, this partial loop trail is as yet a mostly undiscovered Berkshire gem and a wonderful walk to take with small children. An angular gneis ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Lee, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.1
... Preview: The Becket Quarry is a place frozen in time. This hike takes you past rusting vehicles, sheds, and other abandoned artifacts of the granite industry. A well-marked trail network winds through northern ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Becket, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: This loop includes circumambulation of one of the Berkshires’ most scenic ponds, spiced up with a fine laurel bloom in late June, and a splendid viewpoint from The Ledges. From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Great Barrington, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.5
... Preview: A challenging loop route, straight up the east face of the Taconic Range to its highest peak in Massachusetts. Views of Mount Greylock from Berlin Mountain’s flat summit are particularly pleasing, and ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Williamstown, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: A fantastic vista point and the solitude of a scenic pond are the major rewards of this out-and-back hike along the Appalachian Trail. From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Cheshire, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7.6
... Preview: A 276-acre property laced with well-marked trails and stone walls. Red spruce, balsam fir, and northern hardwoods clothe this home to moose and beaver. Park clear of the locked gate on the wide gravel ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Peru, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: Old-growth trees, massive boulders, and a roaring flow make the Dunbar Brook Trail a path of superlatives. A steep slope leads to a stretch of graveled woodland roads that enable a great loop through ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Florida, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 6.25
... Preview: This out-and-back hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) combines splendid views of the Housatonic Valley and Taconic Range with the cooling breezes emanating from the rocky cleft known as Ice Gulch ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Sheffield, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: Lying in the valley between the Greylock Range and the Taconics, this Trustees property has an agricultural legacy dating back more than 250 years. Today it beckons hiker, cross-country skier, and sno ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Williamstown, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: A long, strenuous day hike spanning four summits, including the state’s highest peak, and arguably the most sensational panoramic vista in the entire commonwealth—just one of six along the route. The ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Adams, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 12.7
... Preview: Guilder Pond is locally renowned for its profuse mountain laurel bloom, while ancient pitch-pine-topped Mount Everett, the highest point in southern Berkshire County, offers sublime vistas. From the ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Mount Washington, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.2
... Preview: A largely out-and-back hike on a portion of fabled Mahican Mohawk Trail that follows the spine of the Hoosac Range to a stunning vista atop Spruce Hill. This is a longer but less traveled option to Sp ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
North Adams, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: This excursion features monumental hardwood trees, babbling brooks, thrilling vistas, and a geologic curiosity: Snow Hole. Amble up the gravel drive between apple trees and a small meadow, where tree ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Williamstown, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 10.4
... Preview: Arguably the most scenic route to the summit of the state’s highest peak and among those requiring the greatest elevation gain, the Hopper Trail leads from Haley Farm through lush woodland to the Camp ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Williamstown, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: This primordial rocky cleft, studded with mammoth hemlocks and pines, holds pockets of ice into summer. An intersecting trail leads to a summit topped by Laura’s Tower with pleasing views. Walk about ... From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Stockbridge, MA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.9
... Preview: This fine hiking trip for the whole family features points of historic interest including the site of the famed Aspinwall Hotel, a marble balanced rock, and long views. From the guidebook "AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires"
Lenox, MA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.8