January 7, 2022 Mariah

Winter Hike on the Saddle Trail, Alford Springs, Alford

Tuesday, February 8, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm 

(Up to 12 participants) 

RSVP to Mariah at mauman@bnrc.org. 

Difficulty: Moderate (moderate pace, moderate elevation changes) 

Description: Join us on a 3.5-mile winter adventure along the east slope of the Taconic Range. After a short climb, we’ll take in the view of Tom Ball Mountain before winding through a hemlock forest and past stone walls to the connection with the Father Loop. If we have time we’ll climb to the vista on the Father Loop before returning to the trailhead. Please bring water, wear sturdy footwear (consider snowshoes and/or micro-spikes) and bring layers. BNRC has a few pairs of micro-spikes and snowshoes to loan (please email in advance). 

Directions: 

Saddle Trailhead: 

From Great Barrington: Take Taconic Avenue, which becomes Alford Road for roughly 4 miles. Turn left onto Alford Center Road for 0.2 miles. Continue onto West Road for 2.8 miles. The trailhead will be on your left. 

From Pittsfield: Take Route 20 West and turn left onto Barker Road which becomes Swamp Road for 9.5 miles. Turn left onto MA-102 E/MA 41-S for 0.3 miles before turning right to stay on MA-41 S. In 2.1 miles turn right onto East Alford Road. Continue on East Alford Road to West Center Road (1.7 miles). Turn right onto West Center (0.6 miles), take a sharp left onto Wilson Road (0.6 miles), and continue onto West Road (1.7 miles). The trailhead will be on your right. 

GPS: 42.274919, -73.427083 (Saddle Trailhead)