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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

From the Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes.

by: Sarah Stewart

(Photo by Rich Pope) See Mt. Tammany from the Minsi summit (Mile 2.1)
(Photo by Rich Pope) See Mt. Tammany from the Minsi summit (Mile 2.1)


Mt. Frissell, Mt. Washington SF, MA/CT

Keith Riley
Brookfield, CT


T
ouch three states on this 4-mile out-and-back to a 2,454-foot Taconic Range summit. Hike through hardwoods past the NY-CT-MA junction (mile 1.5) to the 2,380-foot Connecticut high point and gaze across rolling forest. Gain Frissell’s viewless summit 200 yards north, or turn around and hike 1 mile to the South Taconic Trail for a .4-mile spur up 2,311-foot Brace Mountain for clear-day views to the Catskills, 40 miles away. Trip data 

Swains Lock to Violettes Lock, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP, MD

Pat White
Gaithersburg, MD

Meander the rocky banks of the Potomac on this 11.6-mile out-and-back. From sandstone Swains Lock, follow the flat towpath 3 miles upstream to Pennyfield Lock, where daffodils bloom in spring. Option: Overnight here at the rustic stone lockhouse ($100/night; canaltrust.org). Continue along the river, which widens to 1,500 feet, watching for great blue herons and bald eagles en route to the turnaround at Violettes Lock. Trip data 




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