Monday, June 11, 2012

MA Appalachian Trail - Section 10 - Race Brook Falls Trail to Mt Everett

June 10, 2012
Distance: 7.2 miles
Time: 5:09 hours

Map: South Taconic Trails or Mount Everett State Reservation

Parking: Parking lot on small pulloff, off Route 41 - enough for around 7 cars. It was full when we arrived. We tried the Berkshire School (different trailhead - saw no other hikers parking at this large private school, plus the parking across the street looked questionable, plus there would be a lot of walking to the trailhead from there). Ended up going back to our original parking area, where a space opened up.
Restrooms: Composting toilets at a campground, about 1.8 miles from the trailhead.

Directions: Mt Everett
Race Brook Falls Trail to end. Turn right (north) on AT to summit.

Post hike dinner: Salsa Fresca, Millerton, NY (no longer in business)

Trail head
The trail crosses this stream 3 times. The dogs were very happy!
Mountain laurel at its peak here. In southern NJ yesterday, it was past its peak.
Race Brook falls - much prettier in person. About 1 mile from the trail head.
Tent platform

Bear box for food
The bear box is chained to a tree.
A very large cairn
View on the way to the summit
Taking a breather. Humid day.
View of Race Mountain. Saving this one for another day.
Mountain laurel
Base of a prior fire tower
Mt Everett summit marker
Limited view from the summit
Lynn, Trek, and Moxie, summit photo
Glen, summit photo.
Moxie on summit
Trek, summit - time for a water break
View from summit
Mount Race
Dead luna moth. They only live as adults for 7 days.
View on the way down from the summit.
Another view of the falls - very pretty in person
We tried to take the Lower Falls Loop Trail, but I think we ended up on a herd path - very steep.

Mini cairns
Back at the parking lot

Year to date miles: 197.2

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