Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts
by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
Excellent hike, took the five of us 2.5 hours to get to the summit and another 1.5 to get down. The waterfalls were nice place to cool off.
The parking area is easy to find off Route 41 but is small and fills up quickly. Get there early! The side trail to the lower falls puts you just below the falls and gives an EXCELLENT view. The upper falls are also beautiful. We had no problem crossing below the upper falls but the water was low. The primitive campsite is interesting. We took the South Taconic up to Everett first. BE ATTENTIVE as the trail is NOT WELL MARKED in places. The final climb up Everett is direct and travels over some slick rock outcroppings. As you get near the top turn around and look over at Mount Race. The views are spectacular. Walk over the summit and own to Guilder Pond. You can stay on the trail or use the fire road. The pond is seclude and very pretty. Take the South Taconic back toward Race. This is a nice walk and near the top the views become magnificent. Continue on the trail to the LARGE stone cairn. The views here are more toward the south.
Excellent hike....not too dificult and the trail is very easy to follow. I made it into a casual overnight for a nice relaxing weekend. Lots of places to camp.
The falls (both lower and upper) were beautiful. I’d recommend a slightly different route than published. Take the right at the lower falls scenic path, view the lower falls then trek south, up the hill and reconnect with the blue triangle trail to view the upper falls. Mount Everett was a C rated hike on primarily flatstone paths with a satisfactory view. The Everett summit was uneventful. Race, on the other hand was a great hike on mostly bedrock ridges with a well weathered bedrock summit with a drill hole at the high point. If you’re short on time, I’d skip Everett and tackle Race. This hike is hands-free and offers limited challenge, but excellent scenery.
Nice, I did it today - in and out. I am in shape and it definitely wore me. Good elevation gain and lots and lots of "greasy" tree roots - it rained last night. The falls were cool and one of the best I''''ve seen in New England.
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