May 2, 2022 Mariah

Guided Hike on Yokun Ridge, Pittsfield/Lenox/Stockbridge

When: Please note: Rescheduled for Saturday, June 18, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm  

Where: Section hike from Bousquet Mountain to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (shuttle required) 

Distance: Approximately 8.5 miles total 

Difficulty: Difficult (moderate pace, significant elevation changes) 

Description: Join us in hiking the full length of The High Road on Yokun Ridge. The hike will begin at Bousquet Mountain with the first climb to BNRC’s Mahanna Cobble (1.6 miles). From Mahanna Cobble we’ll continue south to views at Yokun Seat, and then Lenox Summit.  From Lenox Mountain, we will continue south through the Lenox Watershed to Reservoir Road. The next leg of the route will travel from the watershed into BNRC’s Yokun Ridge South Reserve, featuring old settlement foundations and Monk’s Pond.  We will walk toward BNRC’s Brothers Trail to connect to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, through the Center’s orchards, with an option to visit the remains of the former Shadowbrook estate.   

Enjoy three major vistas on the route, experience two and a half miles of new trail, visit Monk’s Pond, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.   

The High Road, which is a long-term initiative to make connections from towns to trails and along clusters of conservation land, allowing hikers to explore the scenic Berkshires. Yokun Ridge is the first High Road route to open connecting Pittsfield to Lenox. For current route information visit bnrc.org/the-high-road. 

Please note that final signage from Bousquet Mountain to Mahanna Cobble is in development.

Be Prepared: Wear sturdy footwear, bring at least 32oz of water, snacks and/or lunch. Hiking poles can be helpful with the elevation changes. BNRC has a few pairs to lend if you need them. Pleasant Valley will offer a bathroom at the very beginning and end of the hike.  Dogs are only allowed on a portion of this route. Please leave your furry friends at home.  

Directions: Park at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, North Gate Lot, 35 Richmond Mountain Road, shuttle (9am) to Bousquet Mountain/Sport. Masks must be worn at all times in the shuttle.   

RSVP to Charlotte at chood@bnrc.org. (Up to 15 participants)