Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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This primordial rocky cleft, studded with mammoth hemlocks and pines, holds pockets of ice into summer. An intersecting trail leads to a summit topped by Laura’s Tower with pleasing views. Walk about 250 yards up the private gravel driveway lined by white pines; the driveway soon turns to asphalt as the grade increases. If you visit in summer, you’ll notice a refreshing drop in temperature as you reach the trail. You are greeted by a jumble of large boulders and the twin pillars of a white pine on the left and an eastern hemlock on the right that serve as a kind of portal to the glen. The oldest hemlocks here are more than 300 years old. Truck-and cabin-sized boulders are green with moss and topped by ferns.
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires

by Rene Laubach (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This primordial rocky cleft, studded with mammoth hemlocks and
pines, holds pockets of ice into summer. An intersecting trail leads to a summit topped by Laura’s Tower with pleasing views.
Walk about 250 yards up the private gravel driveway lined by white pines; the driveway soon turns to asphalt as the grade increases.

If you visit in summer, you’ll notice a refreshing drop in temperature as you reach the trail. You are greeted by a jumble of large boulders and the twin pillars of a white pine on the left and an eastern hemlock on the right that serve as a kind of portal to the glen. The oldest hemlocks here are more than 300 years old. Truck-and cabin-sized boulders are green with moss and topped by ferns.

© 2015 Rene Laubach/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Stockbridge
Distance: 1.9
Elevation Gain: 580 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The trail is maintained by the Laurel Hill Association. Ice Glen is owned by town of Stockbridge; Stockbridge Town Hall (413-298-4714). Laura’s Tower Trail is owned by Laurel Hill Association, P.O. Box 24, Stockbridge, MA 01262.
Local Maps: USGS Stockbridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Glen and Laura’s Tower

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