Sunday, July 5, 2015

MA Appalachian Trail - Sections 8 - 10 - East Sheffield Road to Jug End

July 5, 2015

Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 5 hours 19 minutes
Elevation Gain: 1,673 feet

Year to date miles: 454.9

Parking: Jug End Road (dirt road), Egremont. Room for around 6 cars roadside. 

Map: Appalachian Trail Guide to Massachusetts Connecticut  

Restrooms: None

From parking area, head south uphill to Jug End. There is a view.
Return to parking area.
Head north across level terrain to East Sheffield Road.
Return to parking area.

Hike description:
Really nice hike with a lot of variety. The first section is a steep climb up to Jug End. There are rock steps and switchbacks. At the top there is a wide open view. It is thru hiker season - we saw a few during our hike.

The hike to the north of Jug End Road was very easy. Part of it is open woods, part of it is across fields, part of it is above swamps. There are a few stream crossings in this section, which was great because it was a warm humid day. Bug spray was a good idea. We saw sheep, cattle, a turtle, a snake (that swims), a red winged blackbird, and many butterflies.There are several road crossings during this section, so we ended up keeping the dogs on leash. The footing was excellent - it felt nice to be able to move quickly without worrying too much about tripping. It was mostly a grass or dirt trail, with occasional roots. Sometimes puncheon or boardwalks as well. 

Hazy Jug End view

Trek climbed the ladder by himself. Moxie, not so much.

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