Trail Running Western Massachusetts

Trail Running Western Massachusetts

by Ben Kimball


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Trail Running Western Massachusetts by Ben Kimball

Ben Kimball, a long-time trail runner, provides profiles of fifty-one great trail runs in western Massachusetts. Geographically, this book covers the area between the Quabbin Reservoir and upstate New York, including the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire areas as well as portions of the Taconic Highlands. Elevations range from the lowlands of the Connecticut River and Housatonic River valleys to the state’s highest point at the top of Mount Greylock. The trails profiled represent a range of locations within the region as well as a range of difficulty levels and terrain types. There are options for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced trail runner looking for new options. Each run receives a two-page treatment that includes an informative trail description and a trail map, along with a scannable QR code to download each map to your smartphone.

This book will appeal to the entire running community of Massachusetts and the surrounding region, including the Pioneer Valley along the Connecticut River, communities along the Housatonic River corridor in the Berkshires, the many running clubs in the Boston area, and seasonal vacationers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687866
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 795,134
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

BEN KIMBALL is the co-author of The Nature of New Hampshire. He is also an editor, cartographer, and photographer. He maintains a blog called Northeast Adventures that profiles trail runs. He lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and gets out as often as possible to run on trails.

Table of Contents

Trail Access
How to Use This Book
Hopkins Memorial Forest
Pine Cobble
Mt. Greylock: The Hopper
Savoy Mountain State Forest
Hoosac Range Trail
Monroe State Forest
Pelham Lake Park
Mohawk Trail State Forest
The Boulders
Pittsfield State Forest
Shaker Mountain
Kennedy Park
Yokun Ridge
October Mountain State Forest: Finerty Pond
Tyringham Cobble
Monument Mountain
Jug End
Alander Mountain
Granville State Forest
Chester-Blandford State Forest
Keystone Arch Bridges Trail
Chesterfield Gorge (East Branch Trail)
DAR State Forest
Two Bridges Trail
Bear Swamp Reservation
Mahican-Mohawk Trail
Colrain Ridge Trail
Greenfield Ridge
Northfield Mountain
Mt. Grace
Wendell State Forest
Mt. Toby
North Sugarloaf Mountain
Puffers Pond
Mt. Orient from Amethyst Brook
Fitzgerald Lake
Mineral Hills Conservation Area
Mt. Tom
Lake Bray
Holyoke Range: Black Rock and Mt. Holyoke
Holyoke Range: Earls Trails
Holyoke Range: Mt. Norwottuck and Rattlesnake Knob
Holyoke Range: Bachelor Street
Quabbin Park
Chicopee Memorial State Park
East Mountain
Stanley Park
Robinson State Park
Minnechaug Mountain
Peaked Mountain

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Trail Running Western Massachusetts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EMWoolsey More than 1 year ago
I got this book in January 2016 and made it my New Year's Resolution to run/hike every trail in this book in one year. Every week I was exploring new parks, trails and scenery in beautiful western Mass. with family and friends! The detailed directions and descriptions made it so easy to navigate by car and foot. I completed 25 trails and then unexpected surgery knocked me out of commission for 6 months. I'm now back on my feet and looking forward to finishing my quest of running all 51 trails!