Taconic Crest Trail End-to-End Endurance Challenge

The End-to-End, a 29 mile hiking endurance challenge along the Taconic Crest Trail will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 as announced by the Taconic Hiking Club.  A long-standing upstate New York hiking event, this day-long endeavor runs along the ridge separating New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.  There are views of the Catskills (on a clear day) and Mt. Greylock to the immediate east. 

The one-day event rewards those successful hikers with a unique trail certificate and patch for traversing a cumulative elevation gain of 7,836 feet and a corresponding descent total of 9,470 feet.  A special patch is awarded to club members for completing the feat.  On an unimproved woods trail, the hike is only for the fit and experienced entrant.

The Taconic Hiking Club will set up a campsite on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Berry Pond start line in the Pittsfield State Forest near Pittsfield, MA, at that time entrants will be briefed on the trail conditions.  The hike itself will start on Saturday, at 5:30AM with three support sites en route and sweep parties following the hikers.

Those interested and requiring further details or a registration form may contact R.J. Hydorn at 2 Miller Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 or rjhydorn@lycos.com.  Registration forms will not be accepted until December 1, 2017.  There will be a ceiling enrollment of 25 for this event with entrants listed in the order their registrations are received.  An alternate list will be kept for substitutes in the case of cancellations.  Those who completed the event in recent years (2012, 2014 and 2016) will also be placed on the waiting list so others have an opportunity to undertake the challenge.  Past participants are encouraged to volunteer that day to lend their experience to those making their first attempt on the TCT. The entry fee for this endurance challenge is $30.00 per entry, with no refund after March 31, 2018. 

This event; held almost every other year for over 30 years, has no rain date and will be held regardless of weather.  Past events have hikers from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and all over New York taking part and the trail itself has “appeared” in a least two national hiking magazines.

If there are any questions feel free to contact us at the addresses listed above or visit the Taconic Hiking Club website at www.taconichikingclub.org.