Mount Greylock

Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock Professional Guide

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"This long hike showcases the Greylock massif, Bascom Lodge, and the memorial tower, follows a section of the Appalachian Trail, and descends through a sugar-maple forest."

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Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
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"Climbing the east side of Mount Greylock, Massachusetts’ highest peak, via the Gould Trail is one of our favorite hikes, for a couple of reasons. First, there’s parking at the trailhead, reachable even without four-wheel-drive; and, second, it’s located near North Adams, a town we enjoy for other reasons. The Gould Trail is named for a local family that still operates a working farm at the base of the mountain in Adams. Even on a perfect, sunny Sunday, this trail is lightly used, so nobody will hear you (other than your hiking buddy) if you huff and puff a little bit as you ascend the steeps. Another nice feature of the Gould Trail; lf you run out of steam and decide that maybe you don’t feel like tackling the summit, you can hike to the waterfalls at 1.6 miles and head back, feeling like you’ve accomplished something. You might be tempted to loop back on the Cheshire Harbor Trail, but we wouldn’t—it’s a snowmobile trail, while the Gould Trail is open to snowshoer hikers only." Read more
AMC's Best Backpacking in New England (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Matt Heid
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"In the rolling hillscape of western Massachusetts, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock stands alone, an isolated massif carved by deep valleys and awash with diverse flora. A loop around the peak, from base to summit, offers an experience of the full range of the mountain, including mature forest, spattering waterfalls, and soaring vistas." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach
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"This is one of the shortest routes to the summit of the state’s highest peak, with significant elevation gain, but anyone in reasonably good physical condition should be able to complete the hike." Read more
Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"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." Read more

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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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10/25/2014
Started the hike at about 7am and completed about 11am. The leaves and wet conditions made for some pretty slick footing conditions, but that's to be expected. The marking of the trail was excellent and left no chances of taking a wrong turn. Unfortunately, visibility was terrible due to the foggy conditions, but will just have to come back with the family at another time. The trail definitely tested you at times, but it still allows for those with less experience to enjoy themselves without overexertion. There may be better hikes in other states with better views (as I believe someone mentioned NH), but this one is still not bad.
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10/16/2013
Great hike, challenging although not overwhelming, hiked at a brisk pace finished in less than 5 hours. Very few people on the trail, last mile to the summit was tough, great views throughout waterfall, summit veiws were awesome. The decent back was difficult, leaves covered the trail covering the rocks and making it slick. Overall looking forward to coming back.
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5/10/2012
This was my first hike where I was totally dependent on my iphone app and car nav. That mattered little, as the trails are pretty well marked.
It was pretty moist at times, and I could tell that some trail maintenance was due before the crowds come approximately 10 days from now.
The Money Brook section was nice. After the final crossing I veered off trail a bit, but that became quickly apparent as there were no blue blazes anywhere.
The final approach from the AT was a nice climb, and the view in a clear day was very nice. Returning via the Hopper, I could appreciate how vast the bowl-shaped feature was. I decided to forego the Cataract Falls trip, thinking to leave something to experience with my family for the first time upon my return. Total trip time: 6 hours.
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7/9/2011
There are numerous trails to take from the south side. I parked at Sperry Rd (day parking only) and then jumped on the Hopper trail then went to the AT to the top. It was about 4 miles. If you park down near the campground it's a couple miles longer. I would suggest taking Hopper to the Overlook trail then ending at the summit. It's longer with a bit more scenery on the way to the top. Great views from the top from the tower.
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9/26/2010
Started at 7:30am , finished at 1:30PM, keeping at moderate pace. No rock scrambling, but a good workout from the distance and constant uphill. Highly recommend the trail. A little crowded at the top due to bikers and sightseers but I will try later in the fall to see less people at the top. Otherwise excellent solitude on the trail.
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4/17/2010
Amazing solitude; I didn't see another person on the trail for 2 days, felt like I had the mountain to myself. Very mixed weather and microclimates: rain at the trailhead, snow and fog above 3000 ft, good layering was crucial. The summit was eery and fog shrouded (no view at all); the monument tower looming in the mist; Bascom Lodge boarded up like a set piecefrom "The Shining." A totally different experience from the crowds I imagine drive up to the top in mid-summer. On the descent on the Hopper Trail the sun finally broke through illuminating the budding birch and ash trees. A nice loop, a unique way to experience the change of season.
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2/13/2010
This was a nice, moderate winter hike that I did with a pretty large group of about 14 in February. We abandoned plans to take the Thunderbolt trail up (to ski down) because of lack of good enough snow, and took the Gould Trail all the way up instead. It proved to be a nice climb, with nothing too steep or difficult. Crampons were a good idea on this hike, though not 100 percent necesary. It was an enjoyable way to spend the day - and the view at the top is nice too on a clear day. Definitely worth it.
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8/1/2009
We started at 8am and finished around 4pm. The highlight of the trail was crossing the multiple rivers on the Money Brook Trail. There were minimal rocks to hop and most decided to cross bare feet. Despite the length, the hike was pretty easy and straight forward. There was very little technical climbing involved and I barely used my hands. This was my first time on the Appalachian Trail and I don't think this part of the AT is any special. You'll eventually cross paved roads three or four times which I feel detracts from the experience. After scaling three mountains around New Hampshire over the past few months, the view at the summit of Mount Greylock felt very underwhelming. It's a big plateau overlooking the Berkshires with many non-hikers who drove all the way to the summit. The hike is great for a novice hiker who wants to test his endurance. Intermediate or better hikers might want to hike elsewhere. I wouldn't come here again but at least now I can say I've been to the highest point in Massachusetts!
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7/28/2008
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Trail Information

Williamstown
Nearby City
8.2
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS North Adams L
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