The biennial End to End Challenge is a 1-day hike of 30+ miles, with over 7000 feet 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!
2020 End to End Challenge is scheduled for May 9, 2020
Registration: On-line registration begins December 1, 2019. A registration and payment link will be posted on this page.
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 2014, 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 8th at approximately 7:00 PM 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 the THC End to End Event Coordinator, 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 (5:30 AM) 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 5:00 AM and a hot breakfast will be served to all. Juice, tea and coffee will also be provided. The hikers will start the challenge hike at 5:30 AM. 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 6:30 AM.
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 drive home after a grueling 30+ mile hike. A list of participant names and contact information will be provided so that perhaps people can carpool.
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 site.
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 8:00 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 workday to get familiar with the terrain and trail markings. The dates will be listed on the Outings page of this website.
NO Rain Date: There is NO rain date for this event. If a hiker fails to show on May 9th the registration fee will NOT be refunded.
Map: Participants will be provided a “Taconic Crest Trail Map and Guide”
2018 End to End Challenge a Success!!!
Led out by bagpiper John Sassatelli at the break of dawn, 23 avid adventurers set off from Berry Pond in Pittsfield State Forest on Saturday, May 12, to take on the 2018 Taconic Crest Trail End-to-End Endurance Challenge. After trekking nearly 30 miles with approximately 17,300 total feet of elevation gain (7,836) and loss (9,470) along the crest in cold, wet conditions, 20 rugged ramblers reached the finish line at Route 346 on the New York/Vermont border.
Completing the event were:
Ted Boyer, Ashfield, MA, Chris Collins, Geneva, NY, Ben Elgart, Somerville, MA, Chris Fernando, Albany, NY, Andy Fountain, Waterford, NY, Tom Gillespie, Albany, NY, Hannah Goldstein, Williamstown, MA, Patricia Gundlach, Scotia, NY, Alden Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Ben Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Joe Hess, Burnt Hills, NY, Richard Komulainen, East Greenbush, NY, Scott Lewis, Williamstown, MA, Brianna Lloyd, Troy, NY, Christopher Palmer, Charlestown, RI, Devin Pendyke, Watervliet, NY, Noah Savage, Williamstown, MA, Allison Souza, Charlestown, RI, Jared Whalen, Keene Valley, NY
The fastest time was 8hours 50 minutes. The last hikers emerged from the woods 14 hours 30 minutes after setting off.
The End-to-End, a biennial offering of the Taconic Hiking Club, highlights much of the 36-mile Taconic Crest Trail.
Holding an event like this would not be possible without the efforts of dedicated volunteers. The Taconic Hiking Club would like to thank the following members and friends for doing their part in another successful End-to-End:
Walt Addicks, Bob Armao, George Astle, Mike Bouchard, Dave Cole, Laura Fiske, Gayle Fountain, Marcia Hopple, Dick Hughes, R.J. Hydorn, Kathy Lee, Mary MacDonald, Margaret Parks, Dave & Lynne Nagengast, Nate Parsons, David Pisaneschi, Mike Quigley, Cliff Prewencki, Paul St Germain, Jeff Ross, Karen Coy Ross, John Sassatelli, Donna Shea, Ed & Sandi Slattery, Terry Tamer, Rich Vertigan, Martha Waldman, NYS DEC and the staff at Pittsfield State Forest.