Monument Mountain Reservation

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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It would be daunting to name another hike as steeped in history as Monument Mountain. Some 20,000 hikers annually enjoy a pilgrimage to its fabulously picturesque summit of jagged quartzite boulders capped by pitch pine. Begin at the map kiosk shaded by Depression-era red pines, where trail maps are sometimes available. Visitors are encouraged to support the nonprofit The Trustees of Reservations with a donation. From the kiosk, turn right and head north on blue-blazed Hickey Trail. White pines, black cherries, red maples, red oaks, and white ashes tower above sapling American beech, witch hazel, and striped maples that have smooth greenish trunks. Given that Monument Mountain Reservation was established in 1899, the forest here has had more than 100 years to regenerate. As a result, many white pines and oaks are of impressive proportions.
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)

It would be daunting to name another hike as steeped in history as Monument Mountain. Some 20,000 hikers annually enjoy a pilgrimage to its fabulously picturesque summit of jagged quartzite boulders capped by pitch pine. Begin at the map kiosk shaded by Depression-era red pines, where trail maps are sometimes available. Visitors are encouraged to support the nonprofit The Trustees of Reservations with a donation. From the kiosk, turn right and head north on blue-blazed Hickey Trail.

White pines, black cherries, red maples, red oaks, and white ashes tower above sapling American beech, witch hazel, and striped maples that have smooth greenish trunks. Given that Monument Mountain Reservation was established in 1899, the forest here has had more than 100 years to regenerate. As a result, many white pines and oaks are of impressive proportions.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 765 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations, Western Regional Office, P.O. Box 792, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (413-298-3239; thetrustees.org).
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington, USGS Stockbridge; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to Monument Mountain Reservation

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