Taconics - Best of New England Backpack

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Trip dates: Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:00 AM to Sunday, July 21, 2019 12:00 AM

Join us for a scenic 2 day/1 night backpack into the Taconics, located in the corner of northeastern Connecticut and southwestern Massachusetts. This hike will follow the AT and is listed as one of New England's best multi-day trips in "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England." An early start will be required on Saturday in order to cover the 11.6 miles and reach the preferred campsite (Race Brook Falls) at a reasonable time. On Sunday morning, we will break camp and hike 5.3 miles to the trailhead parking at Jug End. The total distance over the 2 days will be 16.9 miles with 4,600 feet of cumulative elevation gain over several peaks. Our route will feature stunning views and interesting geology - including the semi-precious Red Garnet stone which dots certain sections of the route; parts of the trail also feature abundant blueberries and one of the few old growth tree groves in existence - a tiny collection of hemlocks dating back to the early 1600s. This trip is appropriate for those who want to take a slower pace on long hikes over difficult terrain, enjoy the variety afforded by this trail, sleep under the stars and explore nature.

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Massachusetts, Berkshires
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Kyle Vietze

After leaving the Corporate world several years ago, I now split my time between work in retail and helping people enjoy the outdoors through hiking, camping, back packing.

Alexandra Bernson alexandra.bernson@gmail.com
Julia Ramsey
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Adults (18+)


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Creation date: 
2019-04-01 11:40:40.0
Last updated: 
2019-05-08 10:40:08.163