Guided Hike Series: Loop hike from Hopkins Forest

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Hopkins Memorial Forest


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Hopkins Forest > Taconic Crest>Shepherd’s Well>Buxton Ravine
Distance: 7.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate except for the climb to Taconic Crest Trail
Hike Leader: Barbara Carr

Pre-register by 5:30 pm the day before by emailing or call the office (413)458-2494; group size is limited.

View from Shepherd’s Well Trail

Loop – Ascending through Hopkins Forest to the Taconic Crest trail. Descending on Shepherd’s Well, RRR Brooks, Buxton Ravine

This hike has so many features that I love! – forests, meadows, swaths of ferns, a babbling brook and stunning views! We’ll begin and end at the parking area of Hopkins Forest. For a warm-up, we walk up the gravel path of the lower Hopkins loop to the 4-way intersection. Then, we’ll ascend gradually on the north side of the upper loop for 1.7 miles to the Birch Brook trailhead. The Birch Brook trail climbs for a mile steeply up to the Taconic Crest trail (TCT) where we turn left to head south until meeting the Shepherd’s Well trail. As it descends, the Shepherd’s Well trail opens up to a sweet patch of blueberries and huckleberries, and amazing views to the east, south and west. After taking in the view, we’ll head downhill to meet the RRR Brooks trail, Sarah Tenney trail through the meadow to Bob’s Ski Loop, the Hunter Family area and finally to the Buxton Ravine trail which brings us back down to the base of Petersburg Road. We finish with a .5 mile walk along Northwest Hill Road back to the parking area.

Distance 7.5 miles

Difficulty Moderate except for the climb to TCT

Bring snacks, water and tick repellent. Wear sturdy shoes that are happy to get muddy


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