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Upper Goose Pond Shelter Lee, Massachusetts

This was not the weekend I had intended it to be but I still managed to get some miles under my feet. But that's not what it's all about anymore. I'll come back around to all this later.... Right now, what you need to know is that I had intended on heading south from Jerusalem Rd to Mount Wilcox South shelter to close a gap left by those unfortunate wasps from last week. Except when I got to the road, I couldn't find the pull out and when I asked for help from someone, they sent me into the woods practically. I got frustrated and nearly went home but instead I decided to bump up to Lee MA and head out to Goose Pond to check out the cabin. Parking here is much better and fits about 12 cars or more. You can exit the parking area and take a blue blazed trail across the street to hook up to the AT or you can walk the path behind the guardrail and deal with the busy street. Consequently, I went both ways and it's a toss up. Steep climb up for less than a half mile to g…

Lake Buel Rd. Great Barrington MA to MA23 crossing at Beartown State Forest.

I had figured out that I can get to the Mass Pike Bridge on the AT in 3 hikes. It would be two day hikes and an overnight. So, today I set out from the parking area on Lake Buel Rd. in Great Barrington MA. I got a late start because I slept in but I was still determined on the 12ish mile trek round trip. Isis had the weekend off last weekend so, I knew that she needed the walk too. The trail starts out really nice and easy. I enjoyed the tall trees that made me feel really small. The morning is a little warm but the overcast really keeps the temps steady. There are a few others moving through today. My destination should be North Mount Wilcox Shelter. 

We crossed MA23 near Beartown and continued up the trail. Here's where some elevation gain kicked in but we were doing good and not really sowing down. At about the 2 mile mark for the day, I noticed some old trekking poles and two hats in the leaves at the side of the trail. What I didn't see was the small sign that told me th…

Cannon Mountain

Sometimes you take the easy way to get the views and it turns into the best day on the trail. It was a bluebird day today and I decided to take my mother up to the Cannon Observation tower. Knowing full well that she's not going to hike up the trail from the bottom, we took the Tram up instead. This of course means that Isis get's the entire weekend off since there are no dogs allowed on the Tram. This is OK since we had such a big weekend last weekend. We boarded the tram along with about 40 of our most distant friends and headed up to the top. Temps at the bottom were probably in the 60's and in the 30's up top given winds and chills. We had both packed our gloves, hats, and outer layer and put them on almost immediately before leaving the building were the Tram let us off. 

We joined the Rim Trail and the Kinsman Ridge Trail to the summit observation tower which was an easy walk from where we were let off. The trail itself is well kept given the many non-hikers tha…

June Mountain, East Mountain, Tom Leonard Shelter, Egremont and Sheffield MA

10.9 Miles from Jug End road to Tom Leonard Shelter over the weekend. Massachusetts is known to be an easier state on the Appalachian Trail. In fact, the first half of my day finds me on a flat trail through woods and farm land. Starting out at a little after 9am, I was feeling confident that getting to the shelter would be well before 5pm. As we set out into the woods first, it feels cool. I know that the trail is very dry so I packed a 2L bladder and 2 1L bottles. I'd drink off the bladder and Isis could have a bottle of her own. I'm grateful for the flat trail to start the trek. I was smiling and looking all around. Isis was chasing chipmunks too. We came out to some farm land and felt the temps change. Suddenly, that sun was hot and I thought to myself how glad I was that I packed so much water, regardless of the weight and regardless of if I find any water on the trail. The trail would alternate between farm land, corn fields, board walks, a railroad crossing, and forest…