Mount Race lies four Appalachian Trail miles into Massachusetts from the Connecticut line in Salisbury. It is a modest hill of 2,372 feet, but it is there and I had never climbed it. I had climbed summits to north and south, so tackling Race was also a tidying up exercise, filling in a gap in my Taconic Mountains experience. The Taconic Mountains, for the record, are those that run north from the northwest corner of Connecticut, hug the Massachusetts-New York boundary, and eventually enter southwest Vermont. All our state’s highest points are in the Taconics.
One Taconic experience that I have relished many times is the hike, via Undermountain and Paradise Lane trails, to the Appalachian Trail (AT) just north of Bear Mountain. It involves a steep ascent followed by a long, easy rounding of Bear’s eastern side. This familiar route formed the first few miles of my Memorial Day Saturday outing.