Race Brook Trail

Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain1,327ft
Trailhead Elevation763ft
Top1,937ft
Elevation Min/Max763/1937ft
Elevation Start/End763/763ft

Race Brook Trail

Race Brook Trail is a hiking trail in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 763 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,327 feet. The Race Brook Trail Parking trail head parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail and Appalachian Trail.

Race Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"On the first warm day in April, take your older children on a hike along Race Brook. You’ll witness the torrent of icy water crashing down the rocky hillside in this Massachusetts wilderness and then climb to the windswept summit of Mount Everett. But be prepared—this is one of the toughest hikes in the book.

It includes a walk along part of the Appalachian Trail, the path that winds over the backbone of the Appalachian Mountain range for 2050 miles from Georgia to Maine. The first section of the trail was blazed in 1922 and the final stretch in 1938; in 1968, Congress proclaimed the Appalachian Trail a national scenic trail, to be maintained as a hiking path forever. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers affiliated with the Appalachian Trail Conference, the trail is regularly maintained and reblazed."

"Race Brook Falls is actually a series of falls that drop for hundreds of feet. The largest falls is at the bottom, but cascades and other falls extend well above the lowermost. The hike described here goes to the bottom and top of the falls, requiring some backtracking."

"A daylong adventure to mountain cascades and up rocky windswept ridges to the very top of the southern Berkshires. This is not a particularly easy tramp, but it’s definitely one of the nicest hikes in the Berkshires incorporating wild waterfalls and long stretches of trail atop the Taconic Ridge.

Two summits are visited, Mount Race, famous for its views from its long narrow ridge, and Mount Everett, the highest peak in the southern Berkshires. This trip can easily be made into an overnight adventure by staying at Race Brook Falls campsite a short distance from the AT Race Brook Falls Trail junction."

Race Brook Trail Reviews

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5/28/2018
This is a toughie but well worth it. The waterfalls are beautiful. Definitely steep in sections and it was muddy and the rocks were slippery. If you need an easier hike you can just go to the lower falls and then turn around. Also make sure you bring bug spray.
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7/17/2010
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.
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11/11/2007
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.
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5/12/2007
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.
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12/20/2006
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.
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7/23/2006
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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10/1/2005
This is a pristine trail with backcountry(ish) camping. I loved it. The waterfalls, even though dried up or flowing low were beautiful. Even though you may see people on the trail it feels so deep forest like with a clean, fresh smell of pine trees. After a fun weekend in the woods stop off in the nearby town of Great Barrington loaded with cool stores and good eats.
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Trail Information

Berkshire County
Nearby City
Mount Everett State Reservation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Ashley Falls; Appalachian Trail Conference Map of AT in MA and CT: MA sections 7, 8, & 9
Local Maps