Monument Mountain Reservation

Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01263

Monument Mountain Reservation

Monument Mountain Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"A circuitous tour passes through mixed forest, topping Squaw Peak for stirring looks at the site's sheer quartzite cliffs and southern Berkshire neighborhood. At this 500-acre mountain preserve owned by the Trustees of Reservations, visit a peak that not only inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and William Cullen Bryant, but is also rich in Indian lore. A stone cairn marks the eastern precipice, the legendary site where a love-forsaken Indian maiden hurled herself from the cliff. From the cairn comes the name Monument Mountain; from the maiden, the name Squaw Peak.

From the kiosk, hike north following the white-blazed footpath of the Hickey Trail as it disappears into the red pine–deciduous woods at the foot of the slope; the return is via the Indian Monument Trail. The needle-strewn footpath broadens into a pleasant hiking lane, touring a varied woods of white pine, oak, striped maple, beech, birch, viburnum, sarsaparilla, and fern."

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Trail Information

Stockbridge
Nearby City
2.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Spring through fall, dawn to dusk.
Season
900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,640 feet
Top Elevation
Western Regional Office, The Trustees of Reservations, 413-298-3239
Local Contacts
Reservation map.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018