Mount Greylock State Reservation

Williamstown, Massachusetts 1267

Mount Greylock State Reservation

Mount Greylock State Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Mount Greylock State Reservation Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-2 Days
1,090 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Mount Greylock State Reservation, P.O. Box 138, Lanesborough, MA 01237, 413-499-4262,
Local Contacts
AMC Massachusetts Trail Map; Map 1: Northern Berkshires (AMC Books)
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Jul 2018