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Drop-off in North Adams, MA

Drop-off in North Adams, MA

Getting a late start at about 3:00 pm when Christine and Samantha dropped me off “by the side of the road” on Route 2 in North Adams, MA where the Blackinton Approach Trail crosses Rt. 2. Earlier in the day, we had lunch at Thai Gardens, a great Thai Restaurant in Williamstown.  The temperature had cooled down considerably as it had rained most of the morning on the ride out to western MA.

I missed the trail shortly after crossing over the Hoosic River footbridge in North Adams and had to turn around.  The initial hike on the Blackinton Trail was really uncomfortable as the mosquitoes were swarming.  It began to rain heavily about 6:00 pm which made the trail quite muddy.

Southern Terminus of the Long Trail - MA/VT State Line

Southern Terminus of the Long Trail - MA/VT State Line

Passed into Vermont and hiked in the rain and oncoming darkness until reaching the Seth Warner Shelter about 8:30 pm.  Navigated a stream down to the water source and ate sandwiches that I had brought from home at the picnic table in the rain.

Hiked 6.7 miles today.

Blackington Trail sign in North Adams, MA

Trail sign in North Adams, MA

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