“A tour of Pittsfield State Forest including hard climbs, rowdy descents, and a traverse of the Taconic Skyline Trail.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
This ride covers all of Pittsfield State Forest with an out-and-back on the Taconic Skyline Trail
plus a small loop on the southern end.
Start at the Potter Mountain trailhead and climb steeply out of the gate on Churchill Brook Trail
. Just before topping out, turn left on the Taconic Skyline Trail
. A few more pedal strokes take you to the top of this climb (one of many) before a quick descent across Shamrock Blvd.
Another punchy climb brings you to a short respite as you pass Berry Pond, the highest pond in Massachusetts. As you pedal south, you'll be headed generally downhill through a landscape of mixed hardwood forests and wet meadows.
Stay left on the C.C.C. Trail
and get ready for a raucous descent to the Shaker Brook Trail
. Stay right here and pedal back up gradually to the Taconic Skyline Trail
Stay right at the intersection and then retrace your route back to the Churchill Brook Trail
. Turn right here and enjoy the descent back to the Potter Mountain trailhead.
History & Background
The Taconic Skyline Trail
was originally built as a hiking trail by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. After falling into disrepair, it was reclaimed in the the 1990s as a multi-use trail.