Monument Mountain

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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The signature Berkshire hike featuring spectacular cliffs, breathtaking views, history, and ever-present raptors soaring overhead. Over the past few years the trail system at Monument Mountain has undergone extensive renovation. The result is paths, blazed in white, that guide you to the mountain’s signature spots, including Devil’s Pulpit and Squaw Peak (previously not accessible by maintained footpaths). The irony is that of the 20,000 people who hike Monument each year, the majority never go to either Devil’s Pulpit or Squaw Peak. Instead they hike to the first promontory, turn around, and thereby miss some of the most spectacular sights in the Berkshires. The route followed on this hike—one of our favorites— allows you to experience all the fascinating places on the mountain that most visitors miss. It’s rather easy for the majority of the way but does become strenuous on reaching the summit ridge. Here the trail becomes steep with a few scrambles.
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)

The signature Berkshire hike featuring spectacular cliffs, breathtaking views, history, and ever-present raptors soaring overhead. Over the past few years the trail system at Monument Mountain has undergone extensive renovation. The result is paths, blazed in white, that guide you to the mountain’s signature spots, including Devil’s Pulpit and Squaw Peak (previously not accessible by maintained footpaths). The irony is that of the 20,000 people who hike Monument each year, the majority never go to either Devil’s Pulpit or Squaw Peak. Instead they hike to the first promontory, turn around, and thereby miss some of the most spectacular sights in the Berkshires.

The route followed on this hike—one of our favorites— allows you to experience all the fascinating places on the mountain that most visitors miss. It’s rather easy for the majority of the way but does become strenuous on reaching the summit ridge. Here the trail becomes steep with a few scrambles.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 722 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington
Driving Directions: Directions to Monument Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2008
0

I agree with the two posters below. This is a nice hike but 1) the traffic is a bit distracting and 2) go on a weekday to avoid the crowds. The proximity to Great Barrington is a plus, but do factor in the above caveats.


1/6/2008
0

I hiked this trail on a beautiful fall morning at the end of October. The hike is short, mostly easy (there are some parts that can be considered moderate), and the views are wonderful as was the foliage. Despite all of these positives this trail had one major drawback, it was incredibly crowded. The crowds really detracted from the experience. The scenic views are from small ledge locations and when you need to wait in line to take a look, it almost makes the hike not worth it.


8/29/2005
0

This was a nice, short, relaxing day hike. The downside is that for the first part of it you're going along next to the highway which is somewhat out of eyesight due to vegetation, but you still hear the cars whiz by somewhat tainting the experience. Nevertheless, it's a nice hike for how close it is to Great Barrington. The views were nice, though not spectacular. Once one got up to the views, it was nice and quiet, and there were a few great places we found to just sit, take in the view and chat. Very relaxing.



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