29 2024

Ramblin' with the Rav - Azaleas, Pittsfield State Forest

9:00AM - 12:00PM  

Knesset Israel
Advance registration required! 16 Colt Rd
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Contact Diana Macfarlane
Advance registration required!

Ramblin’ with the Rav hikes feature a morning of enjoying our beautiful neighborhood - exercise, a beautiful view, good company, a bit of Torah, and fantastic conversation on the trail. This is a wonderful opportunity to build relationships and community while enjoying the outdoors. Rabbi Weiner leads the hikes, which typically take place on select Wednesday and Sunday mornings in the warmer months of the year. Every route is unique. Please note the difficulty, distance, total elevation gain and approximate time of each hike. Driving time is not included. Be responsible and realistic regarding your fitness and stamina. All hikes are potentially family-friendly; all but one welcome leashed dogs as well. In the summer, some include an opportunity for wading or swimming, at participants’ risk. Members and non-members of KI are welcome. Prospective participants must register in advance for each hike at Registrants will receive information about the demands of the route, what to wear, what to bring, where to meet, etc…, and be added to an email list for communication before the hike. Poor weather may lead to a postponement to the rain date, usually communicated the day before, and low RSVP numbers may cause a cancellation a day or two in advance. Questions? Please contact Rabbi Weiner by email at Weds., May 29 - Azaleas, Pittsfield State Forest
Moderate, 5-6 miles, 935-1100’, 2.5-3 hours
Depending on trail conditions and group interests, we’ll choose a path up the mountain that highlights Pittsfield State Forest - possibly including a climb up Pine Mountain, Tilden Swamp, Berry Pond, and/or the Lulu Brook Cascade - but definitely taking in the seasonal treasure - the summit grove of wild azaleas. We saw them in full bloom last year - we’ll see how it goes this time! Be prepared for muddy trail conditions and a steep section. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Rain date - Weds, June 5 Meet at KI to carpool at 9 a.m. or at the Lulu Brook parking area in Pittsfield State Forest by 9:10 a.m. ($5 parking fee)

Sponsor: Knesset Israel