Trail Running Western Massachusetts by Ben Kimball. Not just for trail runners! The only in print hiking guide to western MA. Each trail has scannable codes to download trail maps to your smartphone. Ben Kimball has a passion for trail running and utilizes his cartography skills to give us a 21st century trail guide.
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Ben Kimball, a long-time trail runner, provides profiles of fifty-one great trail runs in western Massachusetts. Geographically, this book covers the area between the Quabbin Reservoir and upstate New York, including the Pioneer Valley and Berkshire areas as well as portions of the Taconic Highlands. Elevations range from the lowlands of the Connecticut River and Housatonic River valleys to the state’s highest point at the top of Mount Greylock. The trails profiled represent a range of locations within the region as well as a range of difficulty levels and terrain types. There are options for everyone, from the beginner to the experienced trail runner looking for new options. Each run receives a two-page treatment that includes an informative trail description and a trail map, along with a scannable QR code to download each map to your smartphone. This book will appeal to the entire running community of Massachusetts and the surrounding region, including the Pioneer Valley along the Connecticut River, communities along the Housatonic River corridor in the Berkshires, the many running clubs in the Boston area, and seasonal vacationers.
About the Author
BEN KIMBALL is the co-author of The Nature of New Hampshire. He is also an editor, cartographer, and photographer. He maintains a blog called Northeast Adventures that profiles trail runs. He lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and gets out as often as possible to run on trails.