Devils Pulpit and Squaw Peak Trail

Housatonic, Massachusetts

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There is no question that this is the real thing—a true mountain. The climb is steady and the effort is well rewarded by breathtaking panoramas from atop the rocky summit called Squaw Peak. According to ancient folklore, a Native American maiden was hurled from the mountaintop because she fell in love with a brave from an enemy tribe. On the mountain’s southern slope is a stone cairn that is supposed to have been built by sympathetic people as a monument to the maiden. Our three-year-old led the way to the top, but it may be tough going on some little legs. You might want to do as we did and carry an empty child carrier for the smaller one whose initial intentions were nobler than his or her stamina.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

There is no question that this is the real thing—a true mountain. The climb is steady and the effort is well rewarded by breathtaking panoramas from atop the rocky summit called Squaw Peak. According to ancient folklore, a Native American maiden was hurled from the mountaintop because she fell in love with a brave from an enemy tribe.

On the mountain’s southern slope is a stone cairn that is supposed to have been built by sympathetic people as a monument to the maiden. Our three-year-old led the way to the top, but it may be tough going on some little legs. You might want to do as we did and carry an empty child carrier for the smaller one whose initial intentions were nobler than his or her stamina.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Housatonic
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: April to November
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations, Western Management (Monument Mountain)
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington, Stockbridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Devils Pulpit and Squaw Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2009
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Nice hike, Parking lot full but trail swallowed them up. We liked all that Melvill/Hawthorn stuff. Makes them people, not high school english papers.



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