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Twin Pond via Taconic Crest Trail to Taconic Skyline Trail

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Pittsfield State Forest

Twin Pond via Taconic Crest Trail to Taconic Skyline Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pittsfield, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 728 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Wild flowers
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Dave Mixer
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Melanie Hunt
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Great trail love the hemlocks along the ridge.

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Diane Truax
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Very buggy with some muddy patches.

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Nancy Van Oort
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Buggy with some muddy sections. Beautiful trails.

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RJ Hale
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Quiet, and the Taconic Crest had a nice breeze that helped on a hot day. The terrain was interesting on the Taconic side, although the ATV trail wasn’t great: a muddy road in the woods.

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Ed Zebersky
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This is the tale of two trails. The trail leading to the ponds is lovely. Easy to hike. The ponds at nice as well. Going back the trail, which is part of a loop, is rutted by ATV tracks. There are deep holes in the trail filled with water. This makes it difficult to walk down strep portions on the trail. Next time I would see the ponds and cross back to the trail we took on the ascent. Have fun

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CF Jensen
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The hike up the Taconic Crest Trail was lovely and deserves 5 stars but the hike down the Taconic Skyline Trail was not enjoyable. It's an ATV track with lots of mud, tire tracks, and deep pools of water. Next time we would do the return the way we came up. The only point of interest we would miss seeing is a small, though delightful, pond.

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Caleb Stone
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Megan Hayes
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The hike was very pretty. We had the trail to ourselves most of the time. The trail is not always easy to follow. ATVs marks cross the trail frequently and it is easy to get off the trail.

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Jodi Standring
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This was a blast! nothing too hard at all just a quick climb but so fun!.

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Matt Conant
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Mark Phoenix
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first half of loop nice hike, 2nd half is an ATV trail with mud and loose rock

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Marilisande Montes De Oca
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Hans W
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Nice walk in the woods. A few beaver ponds. No one else on the trial. The trail can be a bit tricky to follow in places as there are ATV trails all over. On the return, look for the TCT blue markers.

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Rachel Sturm Policare
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Very much enjoyed this hike. First half is following the Taconic Crest Trail, which are white diamond markers (some with a blue background and name). It was a sometimes steep, narrow hiking trail with small trees across the path every once in a while. Accidentally got off the trail once or twice, but it is very well marked so it's pretty easy to follow. Had to search a little bit when I got to the pond to figure out the path back. It is the Taconic Skyline Trail, marked with orange triangles (or sometimes orange diamonds with a white arrow). That trail is broader and could have an offroading vehicle go down it. less well marked, but easy to follow since it was very broad and overall more flat than the first half. Took me just under two hours.

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John May
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~3.5 miles to twin ponds from shaker village trail head.

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J Thompson
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Park in the rest area and with your back to the road, walk left towards the forest. There is an opening in the fence where the trail begins. The trail is well marked in the beginning with Taconic Crest blue blazes then gets a bit sporadic. The snow hid the trail at times and icy spots. There wasn't enough snow for snowshoes but ice cleats would have been helpful and would have eliminated a few wipeouts. Overall it's a nice and relatively easy rolling (see contour map) hike loop.

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Rick Sands
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James Gehan
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The entrance to this trail is close to the end of the rest area parking drive. We had some trouble finding the beginning of the trail. When you arrive at this location, it is a rest area, but there is not much signage about the trail. Unfortunately we went up the jeep trail/fire road to the right for sometime before realizing that we were not on the right path. Once we got on the path, the trail was well-kept and it was a nice hike. It would definitely do it again.

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shelly broughhton
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Scott Clementson
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stephen tarara
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Elizabeth Gokey
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Stephen Alexander
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Francie Jarowski
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Daniel Wheeler
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Anton Anikst
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Deborah Borosky
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