October 1, 2019 Mariah

Richmond Boulder Train from Hollow Fields, Richmond, 11/09/2019

Explore this unique geologic feature! (RSVP required) 
(Hike is full)

Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Difficulty: Moderate (elevation changes)

Description: Join Tim Flanagan, Professor of Environmental and Life Sciences at Berkshire Community College, on a hike to see and learn about the Richmond Boulder Train. This geologic feature was first described by Dr. Stephen Reed in 1842. Dr. Reed noticed that the distinct rock train was composed of entirely different material than the underlying bedrock. His discovery attracted the attention of many scientists who debated the “great force” which moved the rocks, and who introduced the new idea of “continental glaciation”.


From Great Barrington: Take Route 41 north into Richmond. After passing Route 295, Perry’s Peak Road will be the next left approximately one mile down the road. On Perry Peak Road, find the parking on the left, with a BNRC sign by the road. Please do not park directly on Perry’s Peak Road in any season.

From Pittsfield: Get on West Housatonic Street (Route 20) heading west. Turn left onto Route 41 just before Hancock Shaker Village. After 2.5 miles turn right onto Perry’s Peak Road. Parking is signed, on the left. Please do not park directly on Perry’s Peak Road in any season.

Due to the nature of the hike, we have a cap of 12 participants. Please RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org or call 413-499-0596 (M-F, 9-5). Severe weather will cancel the event.