Race Brook Falls and Mount Everett

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Mount Everett State Reservation

Race Brook Falls and Mount Everett is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,227 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

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bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 hours ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 day ago

I’m getting back into hiking.. I loved it but definitely a hard hike! Be prepared with lots of water and hiking gear.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

We arrived just after 7am and were maybe the 5th car in the lot, but never saw anyone for the first 90 minutes, which was mostly spent exploring the lower falls and trying but failing (like another recent reviewer) to find a way to cross the lower falls. Instead we had to backtrack to the trail split. Oh well - that part was easy. The first third and final third of the trail from the split to the summit were challenging, especially given the 97% humidity and completely socked in views this morning. Naturally, as we headed down the summit the skies began to clear, ha! We passed a LOT of people coming up on our way down and we were glad for our early start as social distancing is impossible on some parts of the trail. We drank (filtered) from the upper falls - which were a true sight to behold and the destination of many people we passed toward the end of our hike. The rocks were slippery and dangerous in some parts even in proper boots, and there were some water crossings I stomped right through rather than trying to rock hop and slip. I recommend trekking poles for the steep descent. All-in-all an excellent day on the trails and this hike was on-par distance and elevation gain-wise with the two easiest Adirondack High Peaks, so good training if you're planning to hike further north soon!

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bugs
rocky
6 days ago

Great trail. Really hard

6 days ago

Awesome hike, challenging and rewarding. Falls can be very crowded depending on when you go

hiking
6 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The waterfall section was steep, but there was a nice long reprieve before the little steep section near the summit. We tried to take the lower falls loop on the way down but couldn’t find where it crossed the river (many trails, few blazes) and ended up on an “alternate” trail for a bit before hooking back up with Race Brook trail. Started at 11am (parked along road with everyone else) back to car by 3:45, with breaks at the falls, to refill and purify water at the campground, and a long lunch at the summit. My phone recorded 7.1 miles round trip.

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike. Very rewarding. Agree with others that hiking shoes are recommended for slippery parts.

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bugs
13 days ago

Great trail! Follow the “blue” marked trees for a somewhat challenging hike that leads to an amazing waterfall! Hiking shoes recommended over sneakers espesh if it rained the night before as it can get muddy. Worth the hike up!

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

This trail is steep and rocky, but worth every glute-burning step. Racebrook Falls is covered in lush moss and was flowing heavy because of yesterday’s rainfall. However, this rainfall also made the trails muddy. Parts of the trail (especially the rocky steep climbs up Mt. Everett) were practically streams, so definitely watch your footing! I saw two sets of people camping in the designated camping area (and whatever they were cooking smelled delicious)! I did not see anyone— aside from the campers— on the trail, but I started my hike at 5:30 PM to avoid groups of people. Definitely a great hike!

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
20 days ago

Favorite hike for everyone is our group. Many surprises on the trails - crossing of the waterfall in the beginning was the biggest one and we loved it. This is a hard hike with lots of steep elevation toward the summit of Everett. Various terrain and beautiful landscape. Not so much views from the top but truly worth it. Hiking boots a must!

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icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
21 days ago

Really nice start on the trail, even in snowy conditions it’s a pleasant hike, not crowded at all, beautiful trail. Limited parking so get there early! There is a lot of incline to start but not overly difficult and eventually flattens out. Gorgeous streams and waterfalls!! The camping area is really nice too complete with platforms and an outhouse - would love to go back and stay the night. Once you hit the intersection at the Appalachian the blazes are hard to find and we didn’t end up making it to the peak because it was too tough to follow. There are actually old blazes in the area too which got us confused and ended up on an old trail, resulting in 30-60 minutes of off-trail hiking to get back to the main trail. Follow the map closely!!

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