Upper Race Brook Falls and Mount Race

Sheffield, Massachusetts

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A hike of superlatives—a spectacular series of waterfalls, a stupendous laurel bloom mid-June to early July, and excellent views from the southern Taconic ridge line on Mount Race make this one of the most picturesque hikes in the Berkshires. Sign in at the kiosk trail register. A large topographic map of the route and other information is posted here. Trail maps may be available. Black bears and occasionally endangered timber rattlesnakes are encountered. A nonnative mulberry tree near the kiosk produces sweet fruit relished by birds and mammals. Turn left and follow blue blazes down an initially eroded path and cross a shallow brook on stepping-stones. The path bears left and is built up in a wet area under white ashes and sugar maples. Cross a rill and skirt the edge of a field on a narrow path through grasses, bedstraw, red clover, and daisies in summer. A few red cedars are scattered about.
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 hike of superlatives—a spectacular series of waterfalls, a stupendous laurel bloom mid-June to early July, and excellent views from the southern Taconic ridge line on Mount Race make this one of the most picturesque hikes in the Berkshires.

Sign in at the kiosk trail register. A large topographic map of the route and other information is posted here. Trail maps may be available. Black bears and occasionally endangered timber rattlesnakes are encountered. A nonnative mulberry tree near the kiosk produces sweet fruit relished by birds and mammals. Turn left and follow blue blazes down an initially eroded path and cross a shallow brook on stepping-stones. The path bears left and is built up in a wet area under white ashes and sugar maples. Cross a rill and skirt the edge of a field on a narrow path through grasses, bedstraw, red clover, and daisies in summer. A few red cedars are scattered about.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Sheffield
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 1,625 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4.0 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Appalachian Mountain Club Regional Trail Coordinator (413-229-9147)
Local Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #2 ; USGS Ashley Falls; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Race Brook Falls and Mount Race

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