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Trail Information

Laura Lim Prescott ’92 writes:

I’m an avid EphBlog reader and I need help from your other readers. I’m
going back to Williamstown next month. (The first time since I graduated!)
One of the things my husband and I want to do is hike around the
Williamstown area. We are planning to go up Pine Cobble, but I do not
remember any other trails. I emailed Scott Lewis (faculty advisor of the
Outing Club) to see about getting the WOC Trail Guide. He told me that it is
now out of print! They hope to have a new version ready this winter, but
that’s too late for me. I can still get the trail map, but not the guide

Could you please ask (beg) your readers if any of them have an old copy of
the Trail Guide that I could borrow. I will return it.

Can anyone help Laura? I have a vague recollection that a lot of trail information was on-line at some point . . .

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#1 Comment By Dan On September 10, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

Williamstown Rural Lands (http://www.wrlf.org/) have a few trails on their website. There’s also some info on the Hopkins Forest website (http://www.williams.edu/CES/hopkins/public/trailmap.htm)

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#3 Comment By 00haj On September 10, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

You could try calling the Mountain Goat to see if they have any old copies kicking around — they also sell maps. For hiking Pine Cobble, I would recommend going up the Class of 1998 Trail, taking a right on the AT at the top, and then hiking down the Pine Cobble Trail. It makes a good loop.

#4 Comment By Jonathan Landsman On September 10, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

In addition, here’s a neat little thing you can do: go to Kellogg House, the home of the Center for Environmental Studies (avert your eyes as you pass the weed-destroyed remains of our once-beautiful garden). Next to the secretary’s office (or maybe in the display case in the living room, I forgot) is a little booklet called “Hiking Around Williamstown” made by a student about a decade ago. It just kind of lies aroudn the building; I think everyone’s forgotten it’s there but if you can’t find it try asking Sandy Zepka, the secretary during business hours.

The booklet is a nice starter for the area, though the WOC and willipedia are better resources on the whole.

#5 Comment By eph ’11 On September 10, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

I’ve heard that a detailed trail map can be purchased for $2 from the WOC office in Paresky, but I guess Scott would have mentioned that if it were a possibility.

Try AT maps, as they might have some side trails in the area.

#6 Comment By Ken Thomas ’92/’93 On September 11, 2007 @ 12:31 am

Hi Laura! (Since I haven’t done that on another post).

There were hiking info guides at the Tourism booth last I dropped by it in ’02; the booth did not seem to be in place last I drove through W’town (though Route 2 had been rerouted as well). My copy of the WOC trail guide (previously mentioned here!) is somewhere…

Hope you and your husband enjoy the visit– I don’t think I’ve been in B or C since graduation; Lon Troyer and I discussed it in June but … (I’ll save that until after your visit).


#7 Comment By Laura On September 11, 2007 @ 11:03 am

Ken! You’re Wayne! (Thankfully, I still have my facebook.) I didn’t know that was you. I’m so happy to hear from you again.

Thanks to everyone who has responded. I had found the Willipedia Hiking website but none of the others. I sent away for the trail map from Scott, but I’m still hoping to find the trail guide because (I assume) the guide will have descriptions of the trails and directions on how to get to the trail heads.

We are already planning to go up Pine Cobble but we were hoping to find some other nice hikes to do.

#8 Comment By Anonymous On September 14, 2007 @ 2:44 am

Laura- Pownal has some really cool trails. There is a good one that goes over Mason Hill rd, by a beautifull watershed and over several streams. You can cut down and end up going through a really nice field and end up at the Chefs hat for lunch, as well. A good place to start and stop from.
Plus parts of the Ap trail on Rt 2 going over into New York, near the three way. Great vistas there. Good luck.

#9 Comment By frank uible On September 14, 2007 @ 7:39 am

Why would I intentionally cause myself to get wet, dirty, sweaty and tired and to waste several hours doing it? May I send my manservant to do it for me?