Appalachian Trail East Mountain - and AT Trail Town Great Barrington

  • May 4, 2014 · 9:00 AM

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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  • Elizabeth D.

    Awesome hike through beautiful scenery and lovely company.

    1 · May 5

  • Elizabeth D.

    Yes, thank you David, it was a wonderful hike and great meeting you all. Looking forward to more in the upcoming days!

    1 · May 5

  • jeff l.

    Thank you David for another great hike. Really beautiful and challenging. Fellow hikers were a wonderful group as well.

    1 · May 4

  • Monica

    Had a wonderful time n will definitely do more, thanks David. Nice meeting all of you!

    1 · May 4

  • Starchild

    Wonderful hike all, and great to get a turnout in HVH actually greater then the total who RSVP's - I think this may be unprecedented for HVH. Thanks all for a great time and dinner, the Gypsy Joint continues to be a hiker friendly place with some of the most satisfying food on the trail.

    May 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry allergies got me this weekend

    May 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    i'll be driving through lower Manhattan. I can accommodate 3 people with me for this round trip in my car. let me know. @Aneta please confirm with me. thanks.

    its a 2:45mins drive so plan to leave around 6am

    April 30

    • Aneta

      I won't be hiking on Sunday. Anyway, thanks for your offer. Hope you have a great hike!

      May 2

  • jeff l.

    Will need a trailhead parking area to meet - is there one nearby Guilder hollow road? Not knowing which end is up - what's our direction of travel? any particular gear?

    April 30

    • Starchild

      Hi Monica, lots don't really have addresses and when I try to get one people use different mapping programs that vary quite a bit. the link above is accurate as well as http://goo.gl/maps/x4...­

      May 1

    • Monica

      Thx I m planning on getting there early just in case, c ya!

      1 · May 1

  • jeff l.

    Hi David - after hearing about your AT experiences, sorry I have not been able to come along on these local segments. Looking forward to joining you.

    1 · April 30

  • Aneta

    If anyone is driving from NYC, would be happy to share expenses...

    April 29

  • Yoonho P.

    David -- Ron, Lisa, and I will be joining you again. Also, Jim and Desiree from Butternut will be coming along as well. I couldn't figure out how to specify +4 in the RSVP.

    April 26

    • Starchild

      Thanks for letting me know, see you on Sunday

      April 28

  • Kenn

    Please provide a little more details about the length and how we are returning, etc.

    April 17

    • Starchild

      Not sure what you want that's not already in the description. 13 miles, climb up 1000 ft on East mountain, come around the top (fairly large top area with some nice views and a shelter), hike down the other side and walk the flatlands back to the start. 'Car shuttle' means we will set up (move) some cars so when we get to the end of the hike we have some of our cars already there there.

      April 18

  • Sweet P.

    definitely hit up the "gypsy joint" in GB. Its on mainstreet and has both inside and outside seating

    1 · April 17

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