East Mountain

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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A challenging trip along the Appalachian Trail that climbs the steep slopes of East Mountain, visiting four beautiful overlooks with views of three states. East Mountains and its associated spurs and ridges rise conspicuously above the Housatonic valley in the southern portion of Great Barrington. Unlike many mountains with defined summits or summit ridges, East Mountain is a vast knobby plateau with nearly 3 square miles of mountaintop. Most of the plateau is rugged, with plentiful boulders and spurs of bedrock jutting from the thin rocky soil. Ecologically, the mountain holds large tracts of upland oak forest that provide habitat for coyote, bear, deer, and turkey. Despite the hike’s moderate length, the trip is demanding because of the rugged terrain and steep slopes. The trail gains nearly 700 feet of elevation over its first mile. There are also rocky scrambles at various spots that require careful negotiation.
Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts

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

A challenging trip along the Appalachian Trail that climbs the steep slopes of East Mountain, visiting four beautiful overlooks with views of three states. East Mountains and its associated spurs and ridges rise conspicuously above the Housatonic valley in the southern portion of Great Barrington. Unlike many mountains with defined summits or summit ridges, East Mountain is a vast knobby plateau with nearly 3 square miles of mountaintop.

Most of the plateau is rugged, with plentiful boulders and spurs of bedrock jutting from the thin rocky soil. Ecologically, the mountain holds large tracts of upland oak forest that provide habitat for coyote, bear, deer, and turkey. Despite the hike’s moderate length, the trip is demanding because of the rugged terrain and steep slopes. The trail gains nearly 700 feet of elevation over its first mile. There are also rocky scrambles at various spots that require careful negotiation.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 719 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington; Appalachian Trail Conference Map of AT in MA and CT: MA sections 7, 8, & 9
Driving Directions: Directions to East Mountain

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