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.
This is a fun little hike, easily accessible from Stockbridge, with the trailhead about two minutes from the Red Lion Inn. You start the hike by crossing a stream over a suspension footbridge. It takes about ten minutes to reach the Ice Glen, a small ravine with jumbles of boulders covered by ferns and moss. I will return in late spring or summer to see the greenery in full bloom. A great place for kids to explore.
The Ice Glen In Stockbridge, MA is a gem. Hidden away from the nearby town, this gorge offers hikers with a glimps at a world that has all but dissapeared. Huge pines and hemlocks jut out of the cliffs and giant boulders showing us what an old forest is supposed to look like. We hiked into the Ice Glen in February and had a blast trying to navigate the icy trail that leads over and under enormous boulders. For all its beauty and uniqueness it is quite short. So we climbed the south wall and scrambled to the top of the nearby mountain and found the joining trail that leads to a 30 foot tall fire tower. Lots of fun and close to the Lions Den.
Ice Glenn is kind of a sleeper surpise as it is very close to the main street of Stockbridge and therefore expectations were low. However, just minutes into the hike you are greeted by a remarkable looking gorge and the fun begins. The rocky trail brings you over and through the gorge and there are caves and interesting rock formations throughout. The trail is very well maintained and recommended for all ages..especially yougsters with a desire to explore.
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