Monument Mountain

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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For almost two centuries, Monument Mountain has been a source of inspiration for many artists, including poets, novelists, and painters. During William Cullen Bryant’s stay in Great Barrington in the early 1800s, he wrote an expressive poem entitled “Monument Mountain,” which tells the story of a Mohican maiden whose forbidden love for her cousin led her to leap to her death from the mountain’s cliffs. A rock cairn marks the spot where she lies buried, giving the mountain its name—Mountain of the Monument. With more than 20,000 visitors a year—too many, by some standards—the hike to Squaw Peak is a popular annual ritual. On a beautiful fall day, the 56-spot parking lot often will be brimming with vehicles. To avoid the crowds, you and your dog should visit early in the morning or on weekdays. The summit is spectacular and offers panoramic views of southern Berkshire County.

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"For almost two centuries, Monument Mountain has been a source of inspiration for many artists, including poets, novelists, and painters. During William Cullen Bryant’s stay in Great Barrington in the early 1800s, he wrote an expressive poem entitled “Monument Mountain,” which tells the story of a Mohican maiden whose forbidden love for her cousin led her to leap to her death from the mountain’s cliffs. A rock cairn marks the spot where she lies buried, giving the mountain its name—Mountain of the Monument.

With more than 20,000 visitors a year—too many, by some standards—the hike to Squaw Peak is a popular annual ritual. On a beautiful fall day, the 56-spot parking lot often will be brimming with vehicles. To avoid the crowds, you and your dog should visit early in the morning or on weekdays. The summit is spectacular and offers panoramic views of southern Berkshire County."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Great Barrington
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: The Trustees of Reservations
Local Maps: USGS Great Barrington
Driving Directions: Directions to Monument Mountain

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May 2018