Ice Glen Trail is a hiking trail in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 970 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 311 feet.
Ice Glen Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A short walk through a magnificent gorge of boulders, caves, ancient pines, and hemlocks. Though the Berkshires have been molded by geologic activity extending over hundreds of millions of years, some of the most spectacular sights have taken shape over the past few thousand years. Ice Glen, just a few minutes’ walk from the center of Stockbridge, is such a place. Just southeast of the village, the narrow Housatonic River floodplain ends at the foot of the Beartown Hills. At the northern end of the hills is the gorge called Ice Glen. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who came to the glen many times, described it as “the most curious fissure in all Berkshire.” He was more correct than he knew. The streams that drain the Beartown Hills around Ice Glen all flow generally south to north, yet Ice Glen is aligned east to west. The deep ravine of the glen and the boulders calved from the walls of the gorge are evidence of flowing water. Yet no stream flows through the glen. So how did Ice Glen come to be such a curiosity? The answers are in the glen."
--Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith, Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Jim Bradley, Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires (Falcon Guides).
"This primordial rocky cleft, studded with mammoth hemlocks andpines, holds pockets of ice into summer. An intersecting trail leads to a summit topped by Laura’s Tower with pleasing views.Walk about 250 yards up the private gravel driveway lined by white pines; the driveway soon turns to asphalt as the grade increases.If you visit in summer, you’ll notice a refreshing drop in temperature as you reach the trail. You are greeted by a jumble of large boulders and the twin pillars of a white pine on the left and an eastern hemlock on the right that serve as a kind of portal to the glen. The oldest hemlocks here are more than 300 years old. Truck-and cabin-sized boulders are green with moss and topped by ferns."
--Rene Laubach, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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