Mount Greylock Trail

Maple Grove, Massachusetts

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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.
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Maple Grove
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 2,061 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Mount Greylock State Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Greylock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/13/2010
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This was a nice, moderate winter hike that I did with a pretty large group of about 14 in February. We abandoned plans to take the Thunderbolt trail up (to ski down) because of lack of good enough snow, and took the Gould Trail all the way up instead. It proved to be a nice climb, with nothing too steep or difficult. Crampons were a good idea on this hike, though not 100 percent necesary. It was an enjoyable way to spend the day - and the view at the top is nice too on a clear day. Definitely worth it.



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Apr 2018