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Trail Conditions

Trip Log


Mt. Everett
Mt. Race

Mount Washington, MA and Sheffield, MA

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below. "Summit" photos may in fact not be at the actual summit - but instead at the best nearby vista.

Near the beginning of the Race Brook Trail

The first part of this hike was dry and pretty quiet - encounted no one until I made it to the falls. Once hitting the Appalachian Trail South, things became a little bit muddy. There is no sign announcing the ascent to Mt. Race or the summit. As a result, the trail seems to go on forever, though most of that section is very flat. The summit is excellent, however. With the exception of Mt. Everett blocking some of the northern views, one can see in all directions.

Though a few hundred feet lower, the summit of Mt. Race has much better views than that of Mt. Everett. There are a few halfway decent views from the site of the old firetower, as well as some decent views from an eastern lookout. On the whole, however, the views don't come close to those of Mt. Race.

The descent was pretty busy, especially beyond the falls, as a lot of midday tourists were finally done with breakfast and lunch. Upon returning to my vehicle, there were people waiting for parking spaces in the undersized parking area.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Race Brook Falls
Length: Easy
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Mt. Race
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal
Destination: Mt. Everett
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Easy
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Moderate

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, October 14, 2006
Hike Commenced: 8:32 AM
Parking Elevation: 760'
Destination: Race Brook Falls
Ascent Commenced: 8:33 AM at Race Brook Trail trailhead
Upper Falls Reached: 9:00 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 755'
Upper Falls Crossing Elevation: 1,300'
Vertical Gain: 565'
Destination: Mt. Race
Ascent Commenced: 9:02 AM at Race Brook Falls
Summit Reached: 10:03 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300'
Summit Elevation: 2,365'
Vertical Gain: 1,395'
Destination: Mt. Everett
Ascent Commenced: 10:09 AM at Mt. Race (Appalachian Trail)
Summit Reached: 10:56 AM
Trailhead Elevation: 2,365'
Summit Elevation: 2,602'
Vertical Gain: 842'
Hike Ended: 12:24 PM
Hike Vertical Gain: 3,052'

Race Brook Trail trailhead

Race Brook Falls, as seen from the brook crossing

Race Brook Trail heading to Mt. Race

Looking north at Mt. Everett and Mt. Greylock from the Mt. Race summit

Appalachian Trail to Mt. Everett summit

Looking southeast at Twin Lakes from the east lookout near the Mt. Everett summit

Directions to trailhead: Look for a quasi-rest area on the right (southbound) just south of the Berkshire School on Route 41. Parking is very limited.

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