October Mountain State Forest-Finerty Pond

Becket, Massachusetts 01223

October Mountain State Forest-Finerty Pond

October Mountain State Forest-Finerty Pond Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"From a busy highway, the route follows the Appalachian Trail over a couple of wooded promontories to a serene pond ringed by mountain laurel in Massachusetts’ most expansive state forest. This is the same parking area and trailhead as the Upper Goose Pond hike (Trip 33). From the kiosk, complete with display maps of the AT route, walk east, past the kiosk to the pedestrian crossing sign on the left.

Do not walk along US 20 as this is very hazardous—no shoulder in spots. Use caution crossing the highway. A narrow blue-blazed access trail leads into a forest of American beech, eastern hemlock, and white pine. Tiny and fuzzy, the paired white blossoms of partridgeberry bloom in ground-hugging mats
here in early summer. The path parallels US 20 for about 100 yards."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This hike follows the long-distance Appalachian Trail over Becket (2,200 feet) and Walling (2,220 feet) Mountains, then drops down to the shore of Finerty Pond, illustrating the variety of this enormous forest. It then tracks the Cordonier Trail southward through low-lying forest lands, looping back to the Appalachian Trail for a short backtrack to your car. October Mountain stands between the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains, and this altitude and distance inland combine to present a very different ecosystem from coastal Massachusetts. One sign of this is the Mountain Maple, which covers the slopes of Becket Mountain. The familiar five-lobed maple leaf appears to have just three lobes on this small tree, although the remaining pieces are visible if you look closely. Hop Hornbeam also grows here on the mountain slopes, with hemlock dominating in the low lands. In the lower, swampy land, puddles on the trail are filled with frogs in the spring, and toads can be found traveling between water sources."

October Mountain State Forest-Finerty Pond Trip Reports

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7/4/2009
First 1/3 of trail on A.T. was okay, saw a scarlet tanager. Okay up to Finerty Pond trail, but was basically a logging road on Cordonier Trail. Straight, unexciting and poorly marked from Beckett Road back to A.T. I would hike to Finerty Pond and back same route if I ever did this trail again, which is unlikely. Seems a loop trail was made when it shouldn't have been.
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3/7/2009
This was my first hike in a really long time. The views and trails were very difficult. Make sure you are ready for a straight up hike. My friend and I only made it about a mile. Would try it again when I am back in hiking shape
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9/27/2007
There are mountain views- off of one of the dirt roads there is a magnificent view of mt. Greylock and the surrounding area. There is also a small gorge on the "gorge trail." Also, a reservoir that is a great place to take your dog and yourself for a swim. I highly reccomend getting a trail map from dcr to find all these excellant spots.
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9/16/2007
Wildlife! We saw a bear and a porcupine! Well I think it was a porcupine.....and very close up. The bear was almost too close, but luckily it was scared and ran away. No mountain views. Maybe when there are no leaves on the trees there may be a few. Still well worth the hike due to the wildlife experience.
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Trail Information

Becket
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
870 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Snowmobiling
Additional Use
Massachusetts AT Committee, Berkshire Chapter AMC, P.O. Box 2281, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413-528-8003; at@amcberkshire.org; amcberkshire.org/at)
Local Contacts
USGS East Lee
Local Maps

Trail Log