Russell Peak

Submitted By: Dobish on November 14, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Massachusetts » Western Mass-Pioneer Valley

Brookfield Orchard Beginner Loop

This is an easy nordic tour that is about 3.5 miles around the orchard.  While there are some tougher trails, the general route is to start at the Toll Road towards the left, turn right onto Mac Run at the bottom of the hill. Follow the Old East Brookfield Road, then turn to follow Lincoln Road,   Cross over the road, get back on North Connector, go uphill and then turn onto Oak Run (which is the easiest trail). 

After you cross the road again, you will continue on Oak Run, follow the stone wall, get on Great Woods Trail (which is rated more difficult) and head across the open field (hay U) into the woods.  Take Fruit Loop around the upper orchard, and then get back on the North Connector Trail.  Stay on North Connector through the orchard, turn left onto Mac Run, and make the short ascent to the parking lot.

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Russell Peak is easily accessible with a little bit of a hike, but also can be extremely unstable due to a large cornice that forms at the top of the ridge.  Attaining Russell Peak will give you access to a ridgeline that can get  you to Oatmeal Bowl, No-Name Peak, Stanley Peak, and Moonlight Basin, with much more to explore from there.

There are high winds generally on Russell, and it is often wind scoured.  There are some steeper chutes, as well as more open bowls, but be careful of rollovers and terrain traps.

How to Get There

Russell Peak is located on the west side of Berthoud Pass, along the ridge line from Lift Gully, where the old ski resort used to be.  It is one of the most visible peaks from the parking lot, and is past the radio tower.  It is located just north of No-Name Peak, and 2 peaks north of the prominent Stanley Peak.

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