This section of the AT has a real mountain to climb, East Mountain, also know as Ski Butternut. We will not see the ski area on our hike as we will be on the AT corridor.
With 13 miles to travel and the apx 1000 ft climb and the corresponding decent up and down East Mountain it is a very nice hike however once we climb down the mountain and Jane Hill the there is no other real elevation change, so the rest is 'pancake flat' but we do pass through a very scenic area with many views and later the last part of the hike is flat but interesting in a AT sense, crossing a river, and many other AT unique features. The last section is very flat, but it is needed to connect the highly seanic S. Taconic ridge to the rest of the AT heading northwards through the Berkshires.
Afterwords we will be heading into one of the best AT community towns - Great Barrington for some well needed food and drink.
Drivers: Please use this link: http://goo.gl/maps/irrMB to get the meet location and directions. We will be shuttling to the far end and hiking back, see http://goo.gl/maps/PEmTo
MetroNorth users: There is no known train or bus I can suggest to help but please post any needs below.
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