Estimated distance: 2.35 miles
Weather: 80°F, sunny
Resources: Berkshire Hiking, Hike the Hudson Valley, Agile Trekker, Hiking the Taconic Range,
Highlights of the trip: views from the top
Progress toward 2016 hiking goals: 38/52 hikes; 143.49/250 miles; 31.37/25 miles on Tunxis Trail
My hiking partner contacted me with an idea for a hike that would allow me to check off one of my hiking goals for the year: Hike on the Appalachian Trail.
This was a relatively short hike, but since I hadn't been out hiking in a couple of weeks, I was a little afraid of biting off more than I could chew. This hike was perfect.
You can get instructions on how to get to the trail head from Berkshire Hiking, linked above. I will note that the center of Salisbury is a mess right now with a paving job going on on Route 44. Hopefully it will be done before too long.
We got to the trail head parking lot around 9:45 and were the only ones there. The beginning of the trail is on the east side of Bunker Hill Road and from here we had fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.
We crossed Bunker Hill Road and entered the woods. Before long we started a fairly steady climb to the summit. The Appalachian Trail, blazed white, came in on the right and joined the trail we had been on, which was blazed light blue. We reached a flat area where the trails diverged. The Appalachian Trail heads to the right up a short, but fairly steep hill to the top. This is the route we took, but you can also stay straight and take the blue trail which loops around to the top and is not as steep. We took the blue trail on our way down.
|White-blazed Appalachian Trail.|
|Twin Lakes to the east.|
We continued on the trail until we came to the plateau (mentioned on the Berkshire Hiking website) with nice views looking north. Maybe Bear Mountain in the distance, I am not sure. I was supposed to download the PeakFinder app, but it hasn't happened yet.
We left the plateau and headed back along the blue trail. It looped back around to the place where we had taken the steeper climb up to the top, and then we went back down along the trail to the car. Not a long hike at all and round 500 feet of elevation gain.
Once we got out of the mess that was downtown Salisbury, we made our way over to my friend's cabin on Twin Lakes and had a picnic lunch and caught up. At other times, we've come out here to go kayaking, but today it was just yakking. Hiking and having a picnic with a friend is a great way to spend a summer day.