This wonderful experience will begin by meeting at a local grocery store where supplies can be picked up. You will then follow me to the secret trail head (shhhhh). After some warm ups and introductions we will embark on our hike (3 hour) where you can expect the first 45 minutes to be mostly incline but moderate. We will then connect to the Appalachian Trail and continue to the top of Race Mountain for some of the BEST views in the entire Berkshires. These are breath-taking. Lunch/Snacks will be broken out and time can be spent resting, taking photos are chatting. This is the halfway point. From here, will we hike along the ridge for more incredible Foliage views and eventually return to the magical hemlock forest. Along the way integrating some Forest Bathing techniques like "walking in Forest Time" and a "Sit Spot". Walking a little further will bring us to a beautiful pond (Plantain Pond) for the option to wash up (weather permitting). This refreshing time will feel wonderful as we make our way back down the mountain to our cars. The stroll back to our parking is easy and wonderful for conversation and reflection on our amazing hike.
I've lived in the Berkshires for nearly 20 years. I walk the Berkshire Hills through all 4 seasons and find hiking a spiritual experience or deep connection to self and the planet. I have trained as a Mindful Outdoor Leadership Guide and Wilderness First Aid. I lead outdoor experiences for well known Health Centers in the area to include Kripalu and Miraval/Cranwell. I have hiked stretches of the A.T. (East) and John Muir Trail (West). My other love is photography and spend hours in nature taking photos. I can also be found teaching Yoga, Meditation and Trauma-Informed therapies to include those pertaining to Addiction Recovery.
I will have some snack bars and trail mix if you didn't carry enough.
I will have an extra set of Hiking Poles. I will always carry First Aid, Bug Spray and Sun Screen.
Our hike takes us along the Appalachian Trail in Sheffield MA. up to Race Mountain. We will have the option to swim at Plantain Pond. We will be able to see not only Massachusetts but Connecticut on this hike. Some of the most amazing views in the Berkshires are on this special hike.
Please let me know if you have any special needs or concerns when we are discussing out excursion. I can be somewhat flexible with our timing and support equipment.
Berkshire Foliage Hiking