Pittsfield State Forest
ElevationAscent: 2,401' 732 m
Descent: -2,408' -734 m
High: 2,151' 656 m
Low: 1,293' 394 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
Popular rides nearby
Tour de Downhill
12.4 mi 19.9 km • Loop • 1,814 ft Ascent 553 m Ascent
The Beebe Classics (Mellower Version)
10.6 mi 17.1 km • Loop • 1,242 ft Ascent 378.49 m Ascent
The Shale Pit Full Yellow Loop
2.8 mi 4.6 km • Point to Point • 230 ft Ascent 70.18 m Ascent
“A tour of Pittsfield State Forest including hard climbs, rowdy descents, and a traverse of the Taconic Skyline Trail.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
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
Local Club: Berkshire NEMBA
Land Manager: Massachusetts State Parks - Department of Conservation