Basin Pond

Lee, Massachusetts

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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 gneiss boulder at the edge of the parking area serves as a rocky portal and a portent of things to come. A few feet beyond, a map kiosk relates the fascinating and tragic history of Basin Pond. Twice—first in 1886 and again in 1968—the failure of flawed earthen dams led to multiple loss of life downstream. In 1975, the Clark-Aiken company sold the property to conservationist N. Robert Thieriot. Following his death in 1998, his estate bequeathed the land to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council in 2001.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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 gneiss boulder at the edge of the parking area serves as a rocky portal and a portent of things to come. A few feet beyond, a map kiosk relates the fascinating and tragic history of Basin Pond.

Twice—first in 1886 and again in 1968—the failure of flawed earthen dams led to multiple loss of life downstream. In 1975, the Clark-Aiken company sold the property to conservationist N. Robert Thieriot. Following his death in 1998, his estate
bequeathed the land to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council in 2001.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Lee
Distance: 3.1
Elevation Gain: 290 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Berkshire Natural Resources Council, 20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413-499-0596; bnrc.net)
Local Maps: USGS East Lee; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Basin Pond

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2014
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Basin Pond Trail is a truly beautiful, relaxing and well-marked trail suitable for families with children, elders and animals. We started at the trail head parking lot off Becket Rd. It took us less than 2 hours to complete the entire trail.



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Apr 2018