The Taconic Loop is a recently-estalished route that consists of the entirety of the South Taconic Trail & a section of the AT between Jug End Rd(MA) & Undermountain Rd(CT). Current estimates put the length of the route at 45+miles & the vertical gain close to 8000'. Road connectors link the two trail segments & make up ~20% of the route:
Prior to NYNJTC's completion of the Rudd Pond Leg of the STT in 2015, the Tri-State U was the longest continuous route on this plateau. The Taconic Challenge is the completion of the Loop while observing each landowner's hours of operation. Visit taconictrails100k.blogspot.com/ for further information.
Maps: - NYNJTC's South Taconic Trails Map is the only publication to date that shows the route in its' entirety. A smartphone/PDF copy is available through Avenza. Printed copies are available at Bash Bish Bicycle & Taconic State Park HQ. - AMC's Massachusetts Trail Map #2 has most of the trails but not the recently completed STT extension. - BNRC published a very detailed map "South Taconic Range"- also without the STT extension. Limited copies remain at The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA.
April 22, 2017: Amy Hanlon & Curt Pandiscio completed the Loop & The Challenge- supported- in 14:39:12;
June 14(?), 2017: Scott Patnode completed the loop in 13:59:20. Scott pre-positioned two drops and was accompanied by another runner from Rte 344 to Shagroy Rd;
July 12, 2017: Stanislav Trufanov completed the loop unsupported in 12:21 or less. Stas tried timing with a stopwatch function on his flip phone and the battery died; total time was calculated from the last observed time and the first observed time on the car clock.
Despite numerous access points on the route, it is recommended hikers avoid using New York- side parking lots if planning to stay out past dusk. Ticketing does occur around North East/ Millerton, NY parking lots & other Taconic State Park lots close at dusk as well. Route 23/ Nicholson Rd, AT & Jug End Rd(MA) & Undermountain Rd(CT) parking lots are accessible around the clock.