West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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West Stockbridge Mountain comprises the southern portion of Yokun Ridge Reserve. This enjoyable loop leads through mature woodlands and features a couple of pleasing vista points. The trail begins from the west end of the parking area at a white quartzite boulder inscribed with the name of Michael Walsh. You’ll walk across a Tennessee gas pipeline corridor flush with grasses, goldenrod, catchfly, and other forbs in summer. You’ll cross a short wooden span to a map kiosk at the edge of a shady forest. Turn left onto Charcoal Trail and follow blue triangular blazes along an old roadway under hemlocks and oaks. The wide treadway descends gently along a ravine for the first portion of the route. White oak, whose leaves have rounded lobes, joins the deciduous woodland mix, while witch hazel and American chestnut sprouts form a trailside understory.
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)

West Stockbridge Mountain comprises the southern portion of Yokun Ridge Reserve. This enjoyable loop leads through mature woodlands and features a couple of pleasing vista points.

The trail begins from the west end of the parking area at a white quartzite boulder inscribed with the name of Michael Walsh. You’ll walk across a Tennessee gas pipeline corridor flush with grasses, goldenrod, catchfly, and other forbs in summer. You’ll cross a short wooden span to a map kiosk at the edge of a shady forest. Turn left onto Charcoal Trail and follow blue triangular blazes along an old roadway under hemlocks and oaks. The wide treadway descends gently along a ravine for the first portion of the route.

White oak, whose leaves have rounded lobes, joins the deciduous woodland mix, while witch hazel and American chestnut sprouts form a trailside understory.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Stockbridge
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 530 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The reserve is owned and managed by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), a regional land trust founded in 1967 that protects 18,000 acres of conservation land in the Berkshires; 20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413-499-0596; bnrc.net).
Local Maps: USGS Stockbridge; trail map available online
Driving Directions: Directions to West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails

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