West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails

Stockbridge, Massachusetts 1262

West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails

West Stockbridge Mountain-Charcoal, Walsh, and Ridge Trails Professional Review and Guide

"West Stockbridge Mountain comprises the southern portion of Yokun Ridge Reserve. This enjoyable loop leads through mature woodlands and features a couple of pleasing vista points.

The trail begins from the west end of the parking area at a white quartzite boulder inscribed with the name of Michael Walsh. You’ll walk across a Tennessee gas pipeline corridor flush with grasses, goldenrod, catchfly, and other forbs in summer. You’ll cross a short wooden span to a map kiosk at the edge of a shady forest. Turn left onto Charcoal Trail and follow blue triangular blazes along an old roadway under hemlocks and oaks. The wide treadway descends gently along a ravine for the first portion of the route.

White oak, whose leaves have rounded lobes, joins the deciduous woodland mix, while witch hazel and American chestnut sprouts form a trailside understory."

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Trail Information

Stockbridge
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.2
Distance
530 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Duration
The reserve is owned and managed by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council (BNRC), a regional land trust founded in 1967 that protects 18,000 acres of conservation land in the Berkshires; 20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413-499-0596; bnrc.net).
Local Contacts
USGS Stockbridge; trail map available online
Local Maps

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Jul 2018