Ice Glen

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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Just seconds from downtown Stockbridge, Ice Glen offers a climb through a glacial ravine. Climb over and around rocks and boulders to make your way through the glen. The crevasses of the glen sometimes harbor ice into the summer. At the end of the glen, sit beneath what some argue is the oldest pine tree in the state. At the start of the glen a moss-covered vertical rock face is inscribed Ice Glen—The Gift to Stockbridge—of —David Dudley Field—1891. If you enter the glen on a hot summer day, you will feel the rush of cold air flowing out from the cracks and crevices deep below. Many large rocks and boulders have fallen from above due to frost and tree root damage. These fallen rocks have created many small passageways and minicaves that adventurous children love to explore. Some of these rocks can be slippery and tricky to climb over, so be cautious. The Ice Glen gets its name because the glen holds ice much longer than anywhere else in the area—sometimes ice can be found in the glen into June.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires

by Jim Bradley (Falcon Guides)

Just seconds from downtown Stockbridge, Ice Glen offers a climb through a glacial ravine. Climb over and around rocks and boulders to make your way through the glen. The crevasses of the glen sometimes harbor ice into the summer. At the end of the glen, sit beneath what some argue is the oldest pine tree in the state.

At the start of the glen a moss-covered vertical rock face is inscribed Ice Glen—The Gift to Stockbridge—of —David Dudley Field—1891. If you enter the glen on a hot summer day, you will feel the rush of cold air flowing out from the cracks and crevices deep below. Many large rocks and boulders have fallen from above due to frost and tree root damage. These fallen rocks have created many small passageways and minicaves that adventurous children love to explore. Some of these rocks can be slippery and tricky to climb over, so be cautious. The Ice Glen gets its name because the glen holds ice much longer than anywhere else in the area—sometimes ice can be found in the glen into June.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stockbridge
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Season: Spring
Local Maps: USGS Stockbridge; map sign at the trailhead
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Glen

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