Monument Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."