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Section 1: Massachusetts border to Harriman Dam

South of the Massachusetts state line is Private Property. It is not open to the public.  Do not proceed past this point.

One of the easiest portions of the CT to ski, most of this section follows an ungroomed old railroad bed.  It runs along the scenic Deerfield River and includes a half-mile road walk.  To reach the Massachusetts border, you must ski south from Harriman Station.

8.0 miles

This is an easy section because it is flat. Allow extra time if you will be breaking trail after a significant snowfall.  There is a short, steep climb up from the Deerfield River valley to the parking area at Harriman Dam, which can easily be walked.

Harriman Station and Harriman Dam are two different places.

Catamount Trail Section 1 – Map & Elevation Profile (.pdf ~296k)
Catamount Trail Section 1 – Written Description (.pdf ~78k)
Shuttle Directions Section 1


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Trail Conditions & Updates – #CTsection1

With 300 miles of trail to keep track of it can be hard to know exactly what to expect on a specific section of trail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Using Twitter we are hoping to help skiers out on the trail communicate their experience to skiers at home using specific hashtags for trail updates. The format is #CTsection(#). When planning an adventure you can view current updates by visiting the specific section page on the Catamount Trail website, or by searching twitter for the appropriate section you hope to ski. Below are updates for Catamount Trail Section 1… #CTsection1.