Mount Greylock

Williamstown, Massachusetts 1267

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock Professional Review and Guide

"This hike presents an ideal combination of history and beauty in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Hike up Sanderson Brook on a trail system developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps to visit 60-foot Sanderson Brook Falls. From there climb toward Observation Hill. Detour by an old mica mine and then loop your way back to the trailhead, stopping for an incredible view from Observation Hill."

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"Mount Greylock is a fascinating place to explore—from endangered plants and animals to travels with Thoreau. This highest peak in Massachusetts has something memorable for everyone. Mount Greylock ahs drawn and inspired some very interesting people to its heights. The list includes Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Cullen Bryant, and Henry David Thoreau.

Herman Melville even dedicated one of his novels to “the majestic mountain, Greylock.” Tens of thousands of visitors drive up the two auto roads each year to marvel at the vertigo view of Adams far below. They immerse themselves in the splendid sights of the summit, including the graceful stone summit tower. In recent years the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management has made significant improvements to the summit area that enhance the enjoyment of this special place."

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7/18/2018
Mount Greylock is the highest peak in my state. There's tons of hiking trails in the park of all abilities (for a tough hike try Roaring Brook or Thunderbolt to get to the summit). There's also some history with a memorial at the top for soldiers, by a lodge with a café open part of the year. (You can drive up to the summit as well). The café has good food and it's a cool place to rest at the end of a hike. The views at the top are really something else. You can see all around the peak for miles and miles. Most of the trails are rocky but well kept.
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7/28/2008
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9/27/2007
The roads to the summit are closed until 2009 which make it a great time to hike!!! Besides the visitors station, there are NUMEROUS ways to reach trailheads on this reservation. Several trails straight to the summit begin in Greylock Glen in Adams. The trailhead on Roaring Brook Road off rte. 7 in Williamstown will bring you to Stoney Ledge (one of the best views the mountain offers) and from there you can continue to the summit. We hike on this mountain weekly. Trails are available for all degrees of ability, there are many waterfalls and views. Take advantage of the alone time you can have at the summit of this mountain while the roads are closed! Also, each Columbus day, there is a Greylock "Ramble" where many, many people hike to the the top any which way they can- a favorite but very hard climb is to follow up the power lines which run staight up the mountain near the thunderbolt trail. Be prepared to climb some rocks or go around! There is so much to see on Mt Greylock, don't miss it- ask locals about there favorite hikes!
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7/9/2007
I did not rate this trail because we were unable to hike it. The road to the summit is closed until March of 2009. You may hike from the visitors station only.
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7/19/2004
Great mountain to visit. The lodge at the top has details on dozens of trails, with something suited for just about everyone, though even the fairly easy trails tend to be steep.
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Trail Information

Williamstown
Nearby City
3.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-2.5 hours
Duration
May-Nov
Season
Green Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
Mount Greylock State Reservation
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018