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Section 4 - Dalton to Pittsfield Road Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
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Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles  Map   &  
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0.0
MA 8.9
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Throughout most of Dalton, MA 8 and MA 9 follow a combined route. The point where they split and MA 9 goes north along North St. is the official north terminus of Section 4 and south terminus of Section 3 There is no parking here. There is a hiker parking lot on Gulf Road (See Mile 8.3 of Section 3). Day parking might be possible along Dalton streets. From the intersection the northbound trail to Section 3 goes northwest along a short abandoned section of road, then follows High St which becomes Gulf Road. Rotate the street view on the attached map to the northwest to see this route. The southbound trail to Section 4 goes east along MA 8, soon crossing the Housatonic River. Rotate the street view to the east to see this route 12/8/20 0 here
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David Cullen
0.3
Chamberlain Park (Ballfields)
   Poor           Great



 
From the intersection of MA 8 and MA 9 (See Mile 0.0) go east on MA 8. In 0.2 miles, immediately after crossing the Housatonic River go right on Depot ST. (This is the route followed by the AT). Take the first left onto Chamberlain Ave and go about 2 blocks to the parking area for some ball fields (Chamberlain Park). The green arrow indicates the parking area. No overnight parking. Walk back to Depot Street to continue on the AT. Northbound is right, southbound is left.12/30/20 20 or more
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
2.7
Grange Hall Rd
   Poor           Great



 
West of Dalton, MA 8 comes in from the north and meets MA 9. The two routes are combined through Dalton. From this intersection continue east on MA 8 and 9 for about a mile to South St. in Dalton. Go right on South St. for 0.9 miles to Grange Hall Road. Go left on Grange Hall Road 1.1 miles to the trail crossing. There is a large parking pull-off on the north side of the road. Rotate the street view on the attached map to the east to get a better view of the parking area.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXThe northbound AT descends into a ravine. The northbound trail starts to climb towards Kay Wood Shelter. 12/30/20 4-6
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ATEditors @ rohland.org
Mile Marker 2.7, Grange Hall Rd. From Rt 8 and 9 intersection in Pittsfield (Coltsville), continue east on 8 and 9 towards Dalton for 1.3 miles. Turn right on South St and continue 0.8 miles to Grange Hall Rd. Turn left onto Grange Hall Rd. and continue 1.2 miles. Parking is on left. Overnight parking (short term) is OK. A day or two at most. This parking area fills quickly on weekends. 12/30/20 4
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
6.4
Blotz Road
   Poor           Great




From intersection of Rt 8/9 and Merrill Rd, go east on Rt 8/9 towards Dalton. At first traffic light (Hubbard Ave), turn right (south). Proceed on Hubbard Ave 1.4 miles to traffic light at South St and East St. Proceed straight ahead, now on Dalton Division Rd. Continue 1.6 miles to intersection of Williams St and Kirchner Rd. Turn left (east) on Kirchner Rd. Continue 3.2 miles and find AT parking on left. Kirchner Rd become Blotz Rd at this location. Parking for about 6 cars. Fills quickly on weekends. Not recommended for long term overnight parking. Northbound AT exits between two large stones at off-road side of parking area. Southbound crosses road. 12/30/20 6
 

 

catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
There are many ways to reach this point,. I will give access from MA 8. From the point where MA 9 goes north from MA 8,9 in Dalton, continue on MA 8. In 7.4 miles turn right on Pittsfield Road. From the intersection of MA 8 and US 20 in Becket, go north on MA 8 for 12 miles, go left on Pittsfield Road.

Once on Pittsfield Road, continue 1.5 miles to the trail crossing. The road changes name to Blotz Road. There is a parking area on the north side of the road.
Rotate the street view on the attached map to see the parking area and the northbound trail. Rotate to the sough to see the southbound trail. 12/30/20
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ATEditors @ rohland.org
9.6
Pittsfield Road
   Poor           Great




Pittsfield Rd (Washington Mtn Rd) Follow directions towards Blotz Rd, (6.4) At intersection of Dalton Division Rd/Williams St and Kirchner Rd, turn left (east) on Kirchner Rd. In approx 200yards, bear right onto Pittsfield Rd (use caution at this intersection). Proceed 4.6 miles on Pittsfield Rd (also known as Washington Mtn Rd) to AT parking on left (north) side of the road. A large sign marks this parking area. Not recommended for overnight parking. 12/30/20 6
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
From the south: See Mile 4.0 for directions to the junction of MA 8 and McNerney Road in Becket. Follow McNerney Road northwest. The name changes to Washington Monument road. The trail crossing is 6.4 miles from MA 8.

From the north: The directions from US 7 in Pitsfield are too complex to reproduce here. Use the Get Directions option on the attached map.

The trail crossing is at the intersection of PIttsfield (Washington Mountain) Road and a dirt road (called Beach Road on the attached map). There is a small parking area on the east side of Pittsfield Road just north of the intersection
The street view to the north on the map shows the parking area. The northbound trail goes into the woods just to the right of the parking area. The southbound trail follows dirt Beach Road southwest for 0.1 miles. The west view shows Beach Road in that direction. 12/30/20 4-6
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David Cullen

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