Spring 2013 AT Section Hike | Trip 1 of 7 | 2 days, 24.8 miles, Northbound CT-MA

  • March 30, 2013 · 6:00 AM

In 2012 I section hiked 222.6 miles on the AT from Wind Gap in Pennsylvania to Salisbury, Connecticut. I've set a goal for myself to make it to Katahdin in Maine by the end of 2014 - that's an additional 689.6 miles. To accomplish this within the bounds of my life constraints (a full time job and a desire to hike in Spring and Fall) I've devised a new plan: I will forego the longer trips and make more frequent excursions on the weekends. 7 weekends in the Fall and 7 more in the Spring.

 

Day 1

Entry Point: Connecticut 41, Salisbury Parking Area

Goal: The Glenn Brook Shelter (water source and tent camping spots available).

Elevation: 2000 feet.

Saturday Distance: 13.5 miles

Terrain: 1700 foot elevation gain over the first 5 miles. Lots of climbing and descending throughout the day.

Landmarks: We will pass Mt. Riga Shelter, Ball Brook campsite, Connecticut/Massachusetts State Line, Sage Ravine Campsites, Laurel Ridge Campsites, Race Brook Falls Campsite and The Hemlocks Shelter before reaching our destination.

Entry point GPS Coordinates: [masked], [masked]), mile marker 7.4, Route-41

Parking: The parking lot is to the north of the intersection of Cobble Road and CT-41 (Undermountain Road). It is on the west side of the road. The parking lot is difficult to see from the road and is located in a grove of trees. Look for a white oval sign with green lettering which reads "Appalachian Trail". The parking area received a 'great' rating on the AT parking area website.

Day 2

Starting Point: Glenn Brook Shelter

Sunday Distance: 11.3 miles

Terrain: Descending 1250 feet the first 4 miles of the day followed by 6 miles of relatively flat terrain, followed by 2 miles of 750 foot gain at the end of the day.

Landmarks: We will pass Jug End Road, Curtiss Road, Mass 41 South Egremont, South Egremont Road, US-7, Sheffield, and the Housatonic River parking area.

Exit point GPS Coordinates: [masked], [masked])

Exit Point: Homes Road parking area, Sheffield, MA (MA Section 8 - 5.5 Homes Road (Brush Hill Road)). From the intersection of MA 23/41 (Maple Avenue) and US 7 in Great Barrington, go south on the later for 0.9 miles. Turn left on Brookside Road. This becomes Brush Hill Road and then Homes Road. The trail crossing is 2 miles from US 7. The road climbs steadily from US 7. The crossing is near the high point of the climb. There is roadside parking for a few cars here. No parking safety rating is listed on the AT parking website.

I'm instituting $5.00 fees per attendee beginning with this trip in an attempt to cover meetup fees. I've learned over the past year that this policy helps to weed out those who are not as serious about attending. If you plan to join, show that you mean it and these funds will be applied to supporting this meetup group. If you don't have PayPal, you can send cash or check to 421 8th Avenue #79, New York NY 10116-0079. If you are catching a ride, please also plan to also pitch-in to share gas expenses for whichever vehicle you are riding in. If you are a drive, the $5.00 fee is waived.

As always, please have a backpack and overnight gear. Know how to set up your tent and cook in the wild and see that you are in reasonably fit condition. I'm not a marathon runner myself, but manage to hike at a brisk but relaxed pace. I hope that some of you can join me. It's going to be a great hiking season!

 

Sunrise: 5:30AM

Solar Noon: 11:48PM

Sunset 6:08PM



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome trip, we had some rough parts but nothing too hard.

    April 1, 2013

  • Yuna L.

    I had a really great time.

    March 31, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Great trip. Great people. Challenging on the first day with several challenging climbs and steep, icy decents. We stayed in a terrific shelter and had a big roaring fire in the cold. Sunday we decended about 750 feet in the first few hours of the morning and then hiked all day on fairly level ground. This group was well prepared for a fairly challenging weekend on the AT.

    March 31, 2013

  • Eric K.

    The weather for this weekend is looking great!
    Saturday Low: 30 / High 51 - Sunny, 0% chance of rain
    Sunday Low: 37 / High 52 - 20% chance of rain (bring your rain gear just in case!)

    March 29, 2013

  • kevin S.

    Good to see all the trips coming up. Hopefully I'll be able to make one or more.

    March 28, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Hi Kevin, I don't have microspikes yet and I wasn't planning to get them. It is warming up and I would imagine that some of the snow is melting this week. I went hiking last weekend and managed pretty well in the snow without spikes. Would you guess that microspikes are essential? Thanks!

    March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's still freezing here at night... There were two people out of the ten who didn't have them and they made it. I personally think there essential for parts of the descent by sages ravine.

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    I did this hike this past weekend, microspikes are all that's needed. We all (10) brought snowshoes and didn't use them. There is about 6 inches of snoe through sages ravine up to jug end and some fairly treacherous icy descents. It has warmed up quite a bit (I live nearby).
    I'm hoping to get a sleeping bag and tent and join in! It is quite an impressive hike in my opinion.

    March 27, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Kevin, if you are planning to join us, please sign up.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Eric, not going to make this one. Didn't get the gear yet.

      March 28, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Hello section hikers, it turns out that I'm working next weekend and couldn't find anyone to cover. Enjoy!

    March 24, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Too bad Robert... I'll apply your $5 sign up fee forward to the next hike that you can make.

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on going out there on Friday, maybe go on a hike then just stay for the night at one of the leantos or cabins, then meet the others Sat morning at the meeting point.

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got your message Eric, I'll be at Homes rd. for 8:30 am on Saturday. I may go out there and spend Friday night on the trail somewhere, don't know for sure yet. I got all my gear ready.

    March 25, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Sounds good Angel. Lets be in touch by text message.

      March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A friend of mine just went on hike in the area, I saw the pictures and there is a lot of snow up there, not sure if it will melt by next week. I'm bringing traction devices just in case, we will be going over Mt. Everett, the South side is very rocky, might be slippery. Looks like the temps are not going to be too bad as of right now, in the low 30s for Saturday night. To me that's perfect, Mass allows fires, so we should have a great time, looking forward to this trip.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Eric, what is the plan for Sat morning? We meet at 6AM, then we set up a car at the end location? Just trying to get ready.

    March 15, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Yes exactly. Do you have GPS? With those coordinates it should be straight forward to find.

      March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Don't have a gps but I've driven by that area a few times, I should have no problems.

      March 16, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Hello Eric,

    I've never done a multi-day hike, but I'd really like to join you guys on this one to gain experience. I have a tent and sleeping bag. I do not have a camp stove but I can bring premade stuff. I am in good shape so I can hold a brisk pace. I can also drive if anyone from the city wants to take a train north to Greenwich.

    Let me know what you think,

    Rob

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Eric, I plan on joining you guys on this trip, but I plan on paying you when I see you, if that's ok. If not please let me know, then I will cancel my plans. I cannot RSVP through the system the way it's set up with paypal, thanks.

    March 5, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Hi Angel. No problem. Ill reply to you privately so that we can coordinate.

      March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Eric, I just wanted to warn you about something, the area right after you cross RT 7 going North tends to flood. I've been through there twice, once it was flooded, it was a pain. I think you can go around it on the road but I'm not sure. just wanted to give you a heads up. I may join you guys if nothing comes up.

    February 13, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Thanks for the heads up Angel. Hopefully it will be a dry week when we head out! As a purist, I just hate to go around!

      February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I understand, I feel the same way.

      February 14, 2013

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