I’ve hiked a few times in the Taconic Range of Northwest Connecticut, and I have to admit, this area is one of my favorite hikes in New England. While it doesnt have 4,000 ft+ peaks and alpine ridges, the terrain is still fantastic. We started our hike off of Route 41 in Sheffield, Massachusetts at a well marked trailhead. Just a short ways in, theres a split that is not on the maps. Staying to the right will bring you to the lower falls, the left makes a more direct route to upper falls. The trail was dry at this area all the way to where it meets the first part of the falls. This section was very icy, covered in snow in some parts, and not as well blazed. We took our time admiring the falls, and then started the steep ascent up to the top of the falls. Along the way the trail corsses the falls/brook several times and it can be very slippery.
We continued on our way and eventally came out to some fantasticly open woods just before arriving at Race Brook Campsite, which looked very nice with a privy, a bear box, and some tent platforms. I took some time to sign the register and read a few pages. Shortly after the camp the trail meets the AT, and we went right, to continue up to Mt. Everett (Left will bring you to Mt. Race.) I hope to return to this area to do some backpacking in the near future, I imagine it is fantastic in mid Autumn!
Distance: 6.26 mi
Avg Pace: 50:42 min/mi
Avg Speed: 1.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,435 ft