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Section 7 - Tyringham to Massachusetts 23 Displayed from North to South

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Tyringham - Main Road
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From the end of the exit road from Exit 2 of the Msss Pike in Lee, go left on US 20, then in a short distance, go right onto MA 102. Almost immediately take a left onto Tyringham Road. This road igenerally goes southwest. Once in Tyringham, the name changes to Main Road. The trail crossing is approximately 5.2 miles from MA 102. It is 0.9-1.0 miles south of 'downtown' Tyringham at the junction with Jerusalem Road. There is a small dirt parking area a short distance north of the trail crossing on the west side of the road (right if coming from Lee). The markers on the attached map indicate the approximate trail crossing. The northbound trail to Section 6 goes east (left if coming from Lee) and starts to ascend. The southbound trail to Section 7 goes west and descend into the wetlands on the valley floor. Stores, restaurants, motels and bus connections are 5 miles away in Lee.. 12/8/20 4-5 in lot
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David Cullen
1.1
Jerusalem Road
   Poor           Great




From the end of the exit road from Exit 2 of the Mass Pike in Lee, go left on US 20, then in a short distance, go right onto MA 102. Almost immediately take a left onto Tyringham Road. This road generally goes southeast. Once in Tyringham, the name changes to Main Road. Go 4.3 miles to 'downtown' Tyringham, then go right on Jerusalem Road. The trail crossing is 0.7 miles further on Jerusalem Road. Tere is an AT symbol sign just before the crossing. A few roadside spots are available on the right side of the road. The marker indicates the approximate location of the crossing. The crossing seems to be in some sort of utility right-of-way. The southbound trail comes up from the Valley floor, goes right on the road for about 100 fett, then goes left and ascends towards the Cobble. 09/22/09 2-3
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David Cullen
Used this site twice for day hikes from route 23 to here and one to US 20 at Lee. No problems either time. 9/29/2012 was the last one. 09/30/12 1
 

 

bobrick @ mhcable.com
3.4
Jerusalem/ Fernside Road
   Poor           Great



 
See mm 1.1 for directions to the intersection of Jerusalem Road and Main Road. Follow the former aaout 1.0 mils to the intersection with McCarthy Road. Go right staying on Jerusalem Road. Somewhere the name changes to Fernside Road. Go approximately 1.5 miles to the trail crossing. The last 0.2 miles are on gravel road. There is a AT symbol sign marking it. There is a spring a few hundred feet before the crossing. There is probably room for 1-2 cars park roadside at the crossing with a couple of more at the spring. The green arrow on the attached map marks the approximate location of the trail crossing. There is no easily recognizable landmark at the crossing, so I used coordinates from Backpacker magazine. http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?tripId=47443. At the crossing, the northbound trail goes right (east) descending towards Shaker Campsite. The southbound trail goes left (west) and starts to climb a hilll. 09/22/09 (revalidated May 2021 by DA Thomas) See directions
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David Cullen
6.1
Beartown Mountain Road
   Poor           Great



 
GPS 42.2293, -73.2840 Do yourself a favor and start on Beartown Road using the intersection of Tyringham Road and Beartown Road (conveniently accessed from either the town of Monterey, MA or Lee, MA). Do not let your GPS take you down any other roads. From this intersection, Beartown Road is a very good quality road (even the graveled portion). You will come to the parking area BEFORE you hit either the NOBO or SOBO trailheads. It is PULL-IN parking for 3-4 vehicles. There were a few other places you might be able to squeeze off road parking, but I am unsure if this is allowed. AVOID accessing Beartown Road from either Pine or Willow Street (near South Lee, MA). The unpaved portion of the road from this direction was in rather rough shape. I made it in my Honda Odyssey, but heard a few scrapes to the undercarriage of my van. A high clearance vehicle would have no problem. 05/30/21 3-4
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WardandDA @ gmail.com
10.3
Benedict Pond Access Trail
   Poor           Great



 
Mile Marker 10.3 From Great Barrington follow Rt 23 East towards East Mountain Ski area. Drive 4.5 miles, turn left at Brett Rd. Continue .5 miles, turn left on Blue Hill Rd. Go 1.5 miles, turn right onto Benedict Pond Rd (Beartown SF). Continue .5 miles, parking is on right. Two dollar fee is charged sometimes. Park at first lot that accesses the boat launch ramp. Beach and showers are a few hundred yards further on. Take blue blaze trail to right from parking area for a half mile to intersect with AT. 01/10/10 20
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catalano.cosmo @ gmail.com
Update: I was here on a Tuesday in early August 2011. Nobody was collecting money, but a sign said that parking fee was now five dollars. 08/04/11
 

 

David Cullen
11.1
Blue Hill Road
   Poor           Great



 
From the intersection of MA 23 and MA 57/183 in Monterey go east on MA 23 for 1.1 miles, then go left on Brett Road. In another 0.5 miles go left on Blue Hill Road. The trail crossing is 1.3 miles further. The turnoff to Benedicts Pond is another 0.2 miles or so further west. The markers on the attached map indicate the crossing.. While it may appear from the street view to the south that there is a small parking pull off, the AT Guide to MA-CT (12th ed.) notes that there is no parking here since the land on both sides of the road is private. It could be used as a drop off point. Rotate the street view on the attached map to the southeast to see the southbound trail. Rotate to the north to see the northbound trail. 0 See directions
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David Cullen
12.3
MA 23
   Poor           Great




GPS 42.1839652,-73.2905322
Trailhead lot located about 4 miles west of Great Barrington (many stores, laundry, backpacking store, cobbler, lodging, restaurants and bus service).
The parking area is accessed via a short gravel entrance on the north side of MA 23 just a short distance west of the intersection of MA 57/183. don't mistake the pulloff area nearby as your destination (like I did my first time). A sign that indicates the Monterey/Great Barrington town line is just across the road from the entrance. If coming from Great Barrington, the entrance is 3.8 miles from the intersection where MA 23 goes east from US 7. There is a large sign announcing this is parking for the Appalachian Trail. The northbound trail (to Section 7) leads out from the parking lot. The southbound trail to Section 8 crosses the road and heads towards East Mountain. 05/30/21 15
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WardandDA @ gmail.com

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