We will be hiking or snowshoeing, depending on weather the Threemile Hill Trail at Fountain Pond in Great Barrington, MA. It is a point to point hike and we will be returning the same way we walked in. It is 4 miles round trip with approximately 350 feet in elevation gain. It will take us approximately 3 hours to hike this trail. There are no facilities at this end of the trail.
The Trail passes though a mixed hardwood forest typical of the region. Maple, ash, oak, hickory and tulip trees dominate the canopy. Scattered white pines and apple trees remind us of a time when the slopes were cleared for agricultural use and charcoal making to feed the area's iron furnaces. Hemlock, beech, birch and poplar occupy moist sites. The understory includes small trees such as box elder, hop hornbeam, striped maple along with mountain laurel, viburnum and lowbush blueberry.
Around the turn of the 19th century, Fountain Pond was the site of an unsuccessful attempt to create an entertainment venue complete with open-air theater, dance pavilion, and dining hall. The Berkshire Street Railway provided trolley service to Fountain Park, as it was then known, for a few years in the early 1900's.
From Points West: I-90 to Exit B3, NY Rt. 22 South. Take 1st left onto Rt. 102 East. After approx. 8 mi., turn right onto Rt. 7 South and follow for 4 mi. Entrance and parking on left at Fountain Pond State Park just north of Great Barrington.
Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)
•please be dressed for the weather, we will go snow, rain or shine
•Dress in layers
•wear appropriate hiking footwear and bring hiking poles
• snowshoes if we have enough snow or microspikes for ice or a light coating of snow.
•please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, rain gear, day pack.
•camera and/or binoculars if you have them
Dorothy will have a black Jeep Liberty and Betsy will have a silver Subaru Outback. Dorothy's cell is[masked] and Betsy's cell is[masked] and feel free to call or text during the meetup times (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)