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    Default Sages Ravine Campsite

    Just wanted to start a thread about Sages Ravine. We stayed there 11/17/07 had a gorgeous night although chilly. Read that there was a bear that frequented the area so made sure to be very fastidous. We didn't have any problem! Tons of GORGEOUS ice formation! and lots of bird life. I got to see some fantastic downy woodpeckers in action!

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    There's a nice bear box at SR, up the hill little from the camping 'platforms'.
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    There are actually 2 bear boxes. One not far from the new privy and the other is in the group site.

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    Where is Sage Rivene?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audrey View Post
    Where is Sage Rivene?
    Sages Ravine is on the AT in Connecticut

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    There are actually 2 bear boxes. One not far from the new privy and the other is in the group site.
    You are correct! My error
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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Wolf View Post
    Sages Ravine is on the AT in Connecticut
    Really? Hmm, I guess continental drift must be moving it to the south, because when I hiked through there, it was in MA (though you'd never know since the MA/CT border sign was practically invisible).

    And, yeah, it's a really pretty spot. I wish I hadn't been so exhausted when I got there and then raced out of there so quickly the next morning.

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    *smile* I hike in this area all the time. Sages ravine winds down the MA/CT state line. The actual designated camp area is in CT though. not to far in though!!

    Its a gorgeous, if well used, area.

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    some folks are so friggin anal

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    The state-line signage at Sages is confusing. I couldn't tell whether the ravine itself was in CT or MA -- the MA/CT sign I saw (on the trail) was north of the ravine, just before the ascent up Race Mtn. But the map I was carrying (the ATC map) seemed to show the state line south of the ravine.

    Whatever -- the ravine is beautiful. It was wicked hot the day I went thru, but the trail by the ravine was cooool and shady. Wish I'd stayed longer. I ended up quitting that section hike the following day 'cuz it was too damned hot to hike.

    PS: if you look at the Google terrain map of Sages, it appears that the ravine actually runs right along the state line. And as you walk it "NOBO", you're traveling in a east-southeasterly direction.

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    smile* I hike in this area all the time. Sages ravine winds down the MA/CT state line. The actual designated camp area is in CT though. not to far in though!!

    Its a gorgeous, if well used, area.
    Thanks Wysteria, I think you meant to respond to LWolf. You're right though about it's location, and it sure is a beautiful hike through there - I always try to camp there when I'm through that way, even on a weekend out
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    While Sages Ravine Campsite is geographically in MA, it is administratively in the grips of the CT-AMC.

    The Campsite is about 500 trail-meters north of the CT/MA border and about 400 meters north of the intersection of the AT and the Paradise Lane Trail.

    The signage at Sages Ravine Campsite is identical to that at other CT-AMC sites and shelters on the AT.

    As in other camping areas run by the CT-AMC, signs remind users that camp fires are prohibited. This is a moot point since the main reason CT-AMC gives for the rule against camp fires is that they violate CT law. However, while being run by the CT-AMC, the camp site is located in MA.

    The large, well-established stone fire circles at most of the individual tenting sites and platforms would lead you to believe that the CT-AMC's rule against fires is "More honour'd in the breach than the observance."

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    I hiked through Sages Ravine on the last day of a SOBO section hike of the southern half of Massachusetts starting at Lee. I thought it was beautiful and vowed to return and camp in it some day. I could envision camping there and getting up early to watch the sunrise on Race Mountain.

    My hike was in mid-April with warm temperatures and beating sun since it was to early for foliage. The paradox was there I was in Sages Raving in short-sleeves and shorts in 80 degree temps but the trail up the north side of Bear Mountain had blocks of solid ice in places.

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    Just hiked Sages, Bear Mt., Paradise Lane last week. No ice this April. The leaves are 2-3 weeks ahead of time, apples are nearing full bloom. The north side of Bear Mt. was dry, the normally wet spot at the base of Bear (north side) - bone dry. Yesterday I was on Mt. Greylock and I cannot believe how dry the trails are up on MT. Prospect/Money Brook, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XCskiNYC View Post

    The large, well-established stone fire circles at most of the individual tenting sites and platforms would lead you to believe that the CT-AMC's rule against fires is "More honour'd in the breach than the observance."
    B.S. I'd like to see any well established fire rings at any of the CT-AMC sites when the ridgerunners are on patrol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyblisters View Post
    B.S. I'd like to see any well established fire rings at any of the CT-AMC sites when the ridgerunners are on patrol.
    and they don't exist at sages, for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyblisters View Post
    B.S. I'd like to see any well established fire rings at any of the CT-AMC sites when the ridgerunners are on patrol.
    They'd be there but they were busy hitting the parade in Greenwich Village.

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    I hit Sages Ravine campsite while I was in the area on a day hike to Bear Mountain a couple of weeks ago. Had lunch on the care-takers platform. As I understand it, there is a fee to camp in the "in season". Does anyone know anything about that?

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    I don't believe there is a fee. Sages is a first come/first served site. There is a Ridgerunner stationed there but the last one I spoke to said there was no fee. Some web sites allude to a fee, none of them list a specific cost as they do other campsites that are fee based. My guess is, if there is a fee, its on specific holiday weekends in summer when use is extremely high.

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    I have had several groups up at Sages in the past few years (including over high-traffic weekend summer dates) and although we always check in with the ridgerunner, and I've taken a check along just in case, I think the info about a fee is now outdated. I have specifically inquired and they never seem to know anything about it!

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