Stony Ledge via Haley Farm Trail

Williamstown, Massachusetts

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A short but fairly steep hike to arguably the most scenic panorama in the entire Commonwealth. The return is by way of one of the reservation’s most popular trails along the southern slope of the bowl-shaped Hopper. Walk past the barn and by a farm gate bordered on both sides by hayfields and then around a state forest gate. Tread along an old cobbled lane and under a canopy of sugar maples for a couple hundred yards to the signed Haley Farm Trail intersection on the right and a fine easterly view into the Hopper. Turn right and follow the blue-blazed path through a hayfield and up into the forest. The path is level initially in the shade of maples, birches, and white ash, and then steepens before bearing left on the first of a series of four major switch-backs that take you up the slope. It becomes steeper and rougher.
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)

A short but fairly steep hike to arguably the most scenic panorama in the entire Commonwealth. The return is by way of one of the reservation’s most popular trails along the southern slope of the bowl-shaped Hopper. Walk past the barn and by a farm gate bordered on both sides by hayfields and
then around a state forest gate. Tread along an old cobbled lane and under a canopy of sugar maples for a couple hundred yards to the signed Haley Farm Trail intersection on the right and a fine easterly view into the Hopper.

Turn right and follow the blue-blazed path through a hayfield and up into the forest. The path is level initially in the shade of maples, birches, and white ash, and then steepens before bearing left on the first of a series of four major switch-backs that take you up the slope. It becomes steeper and rougher.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Williamstown
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,460 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitor Center, 30 Rockwell Road, P.O. Box 138, Lanesborough, MA 01237 (413-499-4262; mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/ massparks/region-west/mt-greylock-state-reservation-generic.html)
Local Maps: AMC Massachusetts Trail Map #1: D4, USGS Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Stony Ledge via Haley Farm Trail

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