We'll begin with a look at Lower Race Brook Falls. Then we'll follow blue blazes along Race Brook Falls Trail. On our way up we'll cross over Race Brook on stepping-stones. There will be another, high crossing over a "bridge" of parallel logs. We'll pass by a campsite, then turn left (south) onto the Appalachian Trail. From there we'll follow the white blazes, past 100 year old head-high pitch pine, to the summit. There is one nice view that you'll see while on your feet, looking out over the vegetation. There is another just ahead where we will stop and sit to have a snack. Then we'll retrace our steps back down to our cars. The total round trip of this hike is 7.2 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,625 feet. We will travel at an overall pace of 1.5 mph, for a total hike time of approximately 4.5 hours. More than half of this hike is strenuous and steep. There are some stairs, and even more rock scrambles. We will include a few stops during our ascent to rest and drink water. Also, there are a couple of brief, very steep drop-offs where you will need sure footing. Dogs are welcome if they ALWAYS get along well with all other dogs and all people. Dogs MUST be kept on a 10 ft. max leash at all times. Owners must carry proof of current rabies vaccination. Afterward, everyone is invited to Big Elm Brewing which is less than a 10 minute drive down the road. We'll get takeout (maybe pizza?) elsewhere for our group and split the cost, so please bring cash. You can purchase beer in the taproom. The staff lead tours of their brewery too. The address is Big Elm Brewing, 65 Silver Street, Sheffield, MA 01257.
Date and Time
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:15AM - 3:00PM
Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).
Free parking. Race Brook Falls Parking Area, located on the west side of the road. According to Google Maps, the address is 716-732 South Undermountain Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257. The coordinates are 42.090301, -73.411277