End-to-End Challenge


The 2018 Taconic Crest End-to-End Endurance Challenge

is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018

The End to End Challenge is a 1-day hike of 29+ miles, with over 7000 foot of cumulative elevation gain, over undulating terrain from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest to the northern end of the Taconic Crest Trail at Route 346.  Hikers are supported from beginning to end by volunteers of the Taconic Hiking Club. Participants who successfully complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment and a special “TCT 1-Day” patch.  Participants who are club members will also receive the “Bloody Foot” patch.  Obviously this challenge is for very fit and experienced hikers!

 More information will be available soon regarding volunteer opportunities.


Important information for the May 12, 2018,

End to End Challenge.

Update: As of February1, 2018 all slots are filled and there is a waiting list.

Registration: Registration forms are available for downloading at the bottom of this page.  Registrations will be accepted starting December 1, 2017.  Mail your registration so that it arrives either on or after December 1.

There is a ceiling of 25 entrants for this event, with each application handled on a first received, first served basis.  Additional entrants will be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Please note: If you have successfully completed the E2E since 2012, you will be placed on the waiting list so other enthusiasts can have an opportunity to attempt the challenge this time around.

Orientation: On Friday, May 11th at approximately 7PM there will be a meeting of all the entrants at the Berry Pond Campsites in the Pittsfield State Forest.  This orientation will be conducted by R.J. Hydorn, THC outings chairman, who will go over the map of the Taconic Crest Trail and will answer questions about the trail itself.  No meals will be provided on Friday night.

Starting: Due to the early starting time (5:30AM) all are encouraged to camp at Berry Pond where drinking water and a latrine will be available even though the park is not opened to the public.  Wake up will take place at 5:00AM and a hot breakfast will be served to all.  Juice, tea and coffee will also be provided.  The hikers will then be led out of the park by our official bagpipe starter at 5:30AM.  Anyone who does not camp at Berry Pond should adhere to these times.  Those coming later will be allowed to hike but will not be permitted to start after 6:30AM.

Transportation: Participants must bring another person to move their vehicles from Berry Pond to the end at Rt. 346 and to transport the weary hiker home. We feel that it is in the best interest of hiker safety that she/he not drives home after a grueling 29+ mile hike. A list of participant names and contact information will be provided so that perhaps people can car pool.

Support sites:

As hikers progress north from Berry Pond, support sites along the Crest Trail will be at:

#1 Madden Road, Hancock, MA (5.3 miles)

#2 Mattison Hollow (12.8 miles)

#3 Petersburgh Pass (20.9 miles) 

Provisions: Water will be provided by the THC at each support sites.

Any prepackaged small bags the entrants have prepared for themselves will be at sites #2 and #3.  We recommend these contain dry socks, lunch, trail mix, a flashlight and a jacket for the last site.  These items should be packed in a plastic bag, not paper, and be clearly labeled.  There is a maximum of two bags per hiker and please keep them light. 

Hikers are free to carry whatever they wish on the trail. The club recommends a beverage, whistle, compass or GPS, TCT map, rain gear if appropriate and comfortable, sturdy hiking boots.  Most of the trail is wooded and there will be protection from the sun, but a hat is always useful as well as sunscreen. 

All hikers must clear the Petersburgh Pass site by 4:30 PM to avoid problems caused by the remaining 8.35 miles of trail and oncoming darkness at approximately 8 PM.

Trail work: The THC will schedule several trail work days, usually in the month prior to the End to End. All entrants are encouraged to participate in a trail work day to get familiar with the terrain and trail markings.  The dates will be listed on Outings page of this website.

There is NO rain date for this event.  If a hiker fails to show on May 12th the registration fee will NOT be refunded.

Map:  Participants will be provided a small basic map for the Challenge.

Those interested in obtaining a copy of the comprehensive “Taconic Crest Trail Map and Guide”, 2014 edition go to the map page of this site for information on the map and how to purchase it.  


The 2016 End to End Endurance Challenge

As the sun was slowly rising to burn off the morning fog on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 23 avid adventurers set off from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest on the 2016 Taconic Crest Trail End-to-End Endurance Challenge. After trekking nearly 30 miles with approximately 17,300 cumulative feet of elevation gain (7,836) and loss (9,470) along the crest, 21 rugged ramblers reached the finish line at Route 346 on the New York/Vermont border.

Martha Waldman,
Nov 13, 2017, 5:44 AM
Martha Waldman,
Nov 13, 2017, 5:44 AM