Sages Ravine Brook Campsite
Day: 40-2010
Daily Mileage: 8.1
Mileage: 1497.5


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1498.5U.S. 44 (700')Salisbury, Conn. 06088 Lakeville, Conn. 700
1499.2Conn. 41, Undermountain Road (720') Salisbury, Conn. 06088 720
1501.9Lions Head (1,738') 1738
1502.6Riga Shelter (1,610')?8mS; 1.2mN 1610
1503.2Ball Brook Group Campsite (1,650') 1650
1503.8Brassie Brook (south branch) (1,705') Brassie Brook Shelter?1.2mS; 8.8mN 1705
1504.3Undermountain Trail, Riga Junction (1,820') 1820
1504.5Bear Mountain Road (1,920')1920
1505.2Bear Mountain (2,316')?rock observation tower 2316
1505.9Connecticut?Massachusetts State Line (1,800') 1800
1506Sages Ravine Brook Campsite (1,360') 1360
07/22/10 3:15 pm
My Location: N 42°3'13.88", W 73°27'02.02"
477 m
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Woke up and first thing I had my first leg cramp of the trip, probably because a fan was blowing cool air on my legs all night. Went to the coffee shop and spent $10 on breakfast. Should have bought those muffins I saw at the grocery store the day before, but it was good.

The hike today was AMAZING!! First the uphill wasn't as bad as I had feared, the weather was cool and breezy all day, and low humidity. Then I hit "Lion's Head Vista" what views! Had a good long break and enjoyed the day. Next was Bear Mountain. Again the climb was not bad, but I kept stopping to admire the views every few feet! The views kept getting better and better. Reached the top and the monument that falsely declares it the highest point in the state (actually it was discovered that Mnt Gridley to the west is 20 ft higher before it crosses the state line). Again fantastic 360 deg views! Had lunch there and stayed and chatted with other hikers for quite some time. Finally did the downhill to the camp. It was straight down hill, but I had fun doing it. Set up camp, although I could have hiked on, it would do no good because of the way the next few shelters are spaced. But it was a great sign I wanted to go on!

By far this was my favorite day of this trip so far!!!

P.S. Crossed into Massachusetts today! So that's PA, NJ, NY, CT done so far this trip!

P.P.S. Spent too much time on Bear Mnt. Got a sunburn. Don't think it is too bad, but will no tomorrow.

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Hemlocks Lean-to
Day: 41-2010
Daily Mileage: 6.0
Mileage: 1503.5


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1506Sages Ravine Brook Campsite (1,360') 1360
1506.6Sages Ravine (1,340') 1340
1507.9Laurel Ridge Campsite (1,750') 1750
1509.7Race Mountain (2,365')?open ledges 2365
1510.8Race Brook Falls Trail (1,950') 1950
1511.5Mt. Everett (2,602') 2602
1512.2Guilder Pond Picnic Area (2,050') 2050
1512.6The Hemlocks Shelter (1,880') ?8.8mS; 0.1mN 1880
07/23/10 6:15 pm

Well what a difference a day makes. It was wet, rainy and cold all day. The wet rocks made me fall two times (no damage though). I was glad that the shelter was only 6 miles. Did have some nice views. Got to this shelter and within a few minutes the inn was full (luckily there is another shelter 500ft away). Been here since early afternoon. Did everything I had to do and now going a little stir crazy. Hope tomorrow is better weather, the next shelter is 15 miles away.

PS sunburn was no too bad, and the rain probably helped.

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Comfort Inn - Great Barrington
Day: 42-2010
Daily Mileage: 8.0
Mileage: 1511.5




Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1512.7Glen Brook Shelter (1,885')?0.1mS; 14.3mN 1885
1513.3Elbow Trail (1,750') 1750
1515Jug End (1,750') 1750
1516.1Jug End Road (Curtiss Road) (890') 890
1517Mass. 41; Undermountain Road (810') ATC Kellogg Conservation CenterSouth Egremont, Mass. 01258 810
1518.8Sheffield?Egremont Road (700')Shay's Rebellion Monument 700
1520.6U.S. 7 (700') Sheffield, Mass. 01257 Great Barrington, Mass. 01230 700
07/24/10 6:30 pm
My Location: N 42°12'28.83", W 73°20'53.17"
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Well it rained most of the night, but the temperature did not drop and the wind stayed down, so sleeping in the dry shelter was ok. No mice either.

Woke up early, with 10 people in the shelter it is hard to sleep in. No rain, but foggy and wet. Slipped 3 times. The one time on Jug End I fell really hard on my butt and tried to catch myself and bashed my wrist petty good (a good bruise and cuts and scrapes) but I lived. Hit the flat and flew down the trail to US7. I really wanted a cheeseburger, but no luck. Both Tank and I really did not want to hike (uphill) in the rain again, and it was starting so we decided to get a hotel in town (even though it was very expensive, even when split). But between the jacuzzi, real food and A/C it is worth it (and yes it did pour for a few minutes, but then cleared up). But after yesterday, and the falls, I needed the moral boost.

Now clean, full and relaxed. Going for another soak in the jacuzzi then probably to bed.

After hike note:
Yes, that is me trying to dry my socks with a hairdryer!


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East Mountain Retreat Center
Day: 43-2010
Daily Mileage: 8.4+
Mileage: 1519.9


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1521.5Kellogg Road, Housatonic River Bridge (720') 720
1523.5Home Road (1,150') 1150
1524.9East Mountain (1,800') 1800
1527Ice Gulch (1,540') Tom Leonard Shelter?14.3mS; 5.3mN 1540
1528.1Lake Buel Road (1,150') 1150
1529Mass. 23 (1,050') Monterey, Mass. 01245 Great Barrington, Mass. 01230 1050
07/25/10 8:15 pm
My Location: N 42°10'44.00", W 73°18'37.16"
231 m
map it

Woke up to the unpleasant news that Tank was pulling off the trail. He has an infected toe. So I lost my 2nd hiking partner for this trip. As for me, well the hike goes on. Got up, packed and got the pre-arranged taxi back to the trail. Hiking was much better, didn't fall once since the trail dried up. A pretty good climb out of town after crossing the Housatonic again, then mostly level to the Tom Leonard Shelter. Got water there, which difinitely reminded me of PA...down, down and down some more. Took a long break and ate lunch. Radar showed rain heading towards me so decided to stop at the Eastern Mountain Retreat, even though it is 1.5 miles off the trail. Interesting place, an interfaith, silent retreat/meditation center. Got a roof, shower, clean clothes for $13, much better than yesterday, that is for sure. Met up with Bulldog once again as well, he was at the center when I arrived.

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Mnt Wilcox North Lean-to
Day: 44-2010
Daily Mileage: 5.1+ so far today
Mileage: 1525.0


Miles from SpringerFeaturesElevation
1529Mass. 23 (1,050') Monterey, Mass. 01245 Great Barrington, Mass. 01230 1050
1530.2Blue Hill Road (Stony Brook Road) (1,550') 1550
1531Benedict Pond (1,620') 1620
1531.6The Ledges (1,820') 1820
1532.3Mt. Wilcox South Shelter (1,720') ?5.3mS; 2.1mN 1720
1534.1Mt. Wilcox North Shelter (2,100') ?2.1mS; 14.8mN 2100
07/26/10 12:55 pm

Wow, what perfect weather so far today. High in the upper 70's, cool breeze and sunny. Perfect for hiking. Stopped in at the TWO Mnt Wilcox South Lean-tos for a break after seeing Benedict Pond. Ate a snack and moved on. Saw two beaver ponds on the way here, but no beaver...wrong time of day I guess. Got here and ate dinner and got filled up on water since Shaker Campsite might be dry. Going to take a nap, then move on to shorten the hike tomorrow to Upper Goose Pond Cabin, so I get there early.

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Shaker Campsite
Day: 44-2010
Daily Mileage: 9.2+
Mileage: 1529.1