Upper Goose Pond Trail

Lee, Massachusetts

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Looking for a great first overnight trip with the kids? This one is fantastic, as you can pitch your tent on one of six platforms or stay in the Upper Goose Pond Cabin if space permits. Managed by a volunteer caretaker during the season, this stop for hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) provides a bunk room for sixteen on the second floor. (Bring your own sleeping bag and mat.) Even though no food is provided at the cabin, many caretakers will happily treat hungry hikers to a pancake breakfast. This can also be done as a day hike with the option of using two cars to create a shorter hike. A stop at the cabin provides a nice break for lunch, a swim, and to take in the views from the pond.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Looking for a great first overnight trip with the kids? This one is fantastic, as you can pitch your tent on one of six platforms or stay in the Upper Goose Pond Cabin if space permits. Managed by a volunteer caretaker during the season, this stop for hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) provides a bunk room for sixteen on the second floor. (Bring your own sleeping bag and mat.)

Even though no food is provided at the cabin, many caretakers will happily treat hungry hikers to a pancake breakfast. This can also be done as a day hike with the option of using two cars to create a shorter hike. A stop at the cabin provides a nice break for lunch, a swim, and to take in the views from the pond.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lee
Distance: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: April to November
Local Contacts: Massachusetts AT Committee (Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club); National Park Service, Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Local Maps: USGS East Lee
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Goose Pond Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/7/2009
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Lots of roots and rocks on this trail throughout. There are two extended climbs and two descents in each direction on this segment. Climb from Mass Pike southbound is quite strenuous - but fairly short. The section that follows the shoreline of Upper Goose Pond is very scenic and includes a small beach near the chimney ruins that is a great place to have lunch, cool off, or refill the water bottles if you have a filter. There are several good water sources along the trail. Overall the trail is much more technically demanding than the map or vertical profile would suggest. The unevenness of the trail makes it a real challenge.



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