Monument Mountain Reservation

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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A circuitous tour passes through mixed forest, topping Squaw Peak for stirring looks at the site's sheer quartzite cliffs and southern Berkshire neighborhood. At this 500-acre mountain preserve owned by the Trustees of Reservations, visit a peak that not only inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and William Cullen Bryant, but is also rich in Indian lore. A stone cairn marks the eastern precipice, the legendary site where a love-forsaken Indian maiden hurled herself from the cliff. From the cairn comes the name Monument Mountain; from the maiden, the name Squaw Peak. From the kiosk, hike north following the white-blazed footpath of the Hickey Trail as it disappears into the red pine–deciduous woods at the foot of the slope; the return is via the Indian Monument Trail. The needle-strewn footpath broadens into a pleasant hiking lane, touring a varied woods of white pine, oak, striped maple, beech, birch, viburnum, sarsaparilla, and fern.
Hiking Southern New England

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Hiking Southern New England

by Rhonda & Greg Ostertag (Falcon Guides)

A circuitous tour passes through mixed forest, topping Squaw Peak for stirring looks at the site's sheer quartzite cliffs and southern Berkshire neighborhood. At this 500-acre mountain preserve owned by the Trustees of Reservations, visit a peak that not only inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and William Cullen Bryant, but is also rich in Indian lore. A stone cairn marks the eastern precipice, the legendary site where a love-forsaken Indian maiden hurled herself from the cliff. From the cairn comes the name Monument Mountain; from the maiden, the name Squaw Peak.

From the kiosk, hike north following the white-blazed footpath of the Hickey Trail as it disappears into the red pine–deciduous woods at the foot of the slope; the return is via the Indian Monument Trail. The needle-strewn footpath broadens into a pleasant hiking lane, touring a varied woods of white pine, oak, striped maple, beech, birch, viburnum, sarsaparilla, and fern.

©  Rhonda & Greg Ostertag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stockbridge
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring through fall, dawn to dusk.
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,640 feet
Local Contacts: Western Regional Office, The Trustees of Reservations, 413-298-3239
Local Maps: Reservation map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Monument Mountain Reservation

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