Hike or Snowshoe at Fountain Pond

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)

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  • James I.

    Nice Hike

    December 21, 2013

  • Zoey

    Thanks to Dorothy & Betsy for organizing this wonderful hike. Thanks to James for lending your poles to me. It's nice to meet great people. Hope to hike with you all next time.

    December 21, 2013

  • Zoey

    Sorry, last minute to ask " may I bring my dog? He is a lovely jack".

    December 21, 2013

  • Tim J.

    Hate to miss this, but have a lot going on. Happy Holidays everyone!

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Tim J.

    Hate to miss this, but have a

    December 20, 2013

  • James I.

    Amanda and Husband, I am driving if you get off the wait list. If anyone needs snow shoes and poles to borrow, I have an extra pair. Please call.
    Jim
    James Israel
    12 Meadowlark Drive, Latham, NY 12110
    Cell[masked]
    [masked]

    December 20, 2013

  • Heidi

    Snowshoes or microspikes?

    December 19, 2013

    • Betsy

      bring both to be safe

      December 20, 2013

  • Eva P.

    I have to cancel. I received a phone call someone wants to look at my mother's house (that's for sale). I have to go over there and shovel on Saturday. Terrible timing

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband and I would like to attend this hike and are on the waiting list but we would need to carpool as we have no car. We live at Park and Swan in Albany.

    Thanks!

    Amanda[masked]

    December 14, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I already signed up for a 5K run that day. Next time

    November 18, 2013

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