Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts
by Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
© Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.
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.
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.
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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