Climbing the east side of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, via the Gould Trail is one of our favorite hikes, for a couple of reasons. First, there’s parking at the trailhead, reachable even without four-wheel-drive; and, second, it’s located near North Adams, a town we enjoy for other reasons. The Gould Trail is named for a local family that still operates a working farm at the base of the mountain in Adams.
Even on a perfect, sunny Sunday, this trail is lightly used, so nobody will hear you (other than your hiking buddy) if you huff and puff a little bit as you ascend the steeps. Another nice feature of the Gould Trail; lf you run out of steam and decide that maybe you don’t feel like tackling the summit, you can hike to the waterfalls at 1.6 miles and head back, feeling like you’ve accomplished something. You might be tempted to loop back on the Cheshire Harbor Trail, but we wouldn’t—it’s a snowmobile trail, while the Gould Trail is open to snowshoer hikers only.
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