Guilder Pond

Mount Washington, Massachusetts

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To the signature mountain of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. But the name Mount Washington has been affixed to many places over the years, including a reclusive town at the extreme southwestern corner of Massachusetts. Here you will find Mount Everett, the highest peak of the southern Taconic Mountains at 2,482 feet, and Guilder Pond, a shimmering tarn nestled on the shoulder of the mountain. This very rural part of the Berkshires has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. While the English colonized most of Massachusetts, this area’s first European settlers were Dutch who wandered in from the Hudson Valley to the west. Among those early pioneers were the Guilders, who lent their name to this magnificent pond. Guilder Pond, at 2,035 feet, is the second highest pond in the Berkshires and is second to none for its wild, North Country–like scenery. Bedrock outcrops line a shore shaded with dense hemlock groves and wreathed in mountain laurel, leatherleaf, and sweet gale. Small boggy areas that reveal the presence of acidic growing conditions harbor cranberry and sundew, a very dainty carnivorous plant. You may encounter visitors tramping the trail that encircles the pond, but very few folks explore the pond from a boat, so a peaceful environment is commonplace.
Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

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Water Trails of Western Massachusetts

by Charles W. G. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

To the signature mountain of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range. But the name Mount Washington has been affixed to many places over the years, including a reclusive town at the extreme southwestern corner of Massachusetts. Here you will find Mount Everett, the highest peak of the southern Taconic Mountains at 2,482 feet, and Guilder Pond, a shimmering tarn nestled on the shoulder of the mountain. This very rural part of the Berkshires has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. While the English colonized most of Massachusetts, this area’s first European settlers were Dutch who wandered in from the Hudson Valley to the west. Among those early pioneers were the Guilders, who lent their name to this magnificent pond.

Guilder Pond, at 2,035 feet, is the second highest pond in the Berkshires and is second to none for its wild, North Country–like scenery. Bedrock outcrops line a shore shaded with dense hemlock groves and wreathed in mountain laurel, leatherleaf, and sweet gale. Small boggy areas that reveal the presence of acidic growing conditions harbor cranberry and sundew, a very dainty carnivorous plant. You may encounter visitors tramping the trail that encircles the pond, but very few folks explore the pond from a boat, so a peaceful environment is commonplace.

©  Charles W. G. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Mount Washington
Distance: 0.7
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Class: Class I
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Guilder Pond

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