The Hopper Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Williamstown, MA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The Hopper Trail begins on Hopper Rd. in Williamstown, MA and climbs gradually and at times very steeply through old forest growth to Sperry Rd and then up to the Mt. Greylock Summit The Hopper Trail is approximately 2.4m from Hopper Rd trailhead to Sperry Road and then an additional 1.7m to the Summit. You will need to walk a short distance along Sperry Road to transition from the lower Hopper to the upper Hopper that takes you to the summit.
Beautiful trail...started out on a 1830's carriage trail from the Trail Head. Took my wife and I about 5 hours to do.
I love this trail and agree that it is well maintained and marked. Be advised though it is steep and unrelenting in one particular section. In my book this is a work-out-hike to the summit. I believe it took us 6 hours round trip including stops and lunch at the top and registered as a 11 mile hike.
This trail is very well maintained. It was clear and well-marked.
The trail wasn't too steep or rocky. The views from the top are nice, though not as breathtaking as a lot of other mountains I've hiked.
Just did the Lower Hopper as part of a large loop. Got to the trailhead around 5pm and on the descent it felt dark and secluded. The sun peeked through the branches above. It made for a great hike. This trail provides an excellent opportunity to grasp the height of the Greylock range. In the beginning it was very steep but became more gradual about halfway down the lower hopper. If ascending this route it may present challenges due to the steepness but I prefer this trail to the Haley Farm Trail.
I have not ascended to summit via the Hopper, however I have done this trail twice on the descent from the Summit as part of the Jones Nose to Summit suggested hike from the Mt. Greylock website. The trail is relatively moderate, wide, rocky and gradual. To access the Hopper you can come in from Sperry Road to ascend or if you are descending from summit follow the AT South past the pond (0.7m) to the connector to the Hopper (on your right). There are no spectacular views on this trail, just forest.
Started the hike at the campground trailhead at 1.1 miles, trail crosses Sperry Rd. (dirt rd, closed to vehicle traffic) This is where the Hopper trail starts, 1.75 milesto the summit of Mt. Greylock. The trail is well marked with a blue blaze and well maintained and clear. At .75 miles, you come to the junction of the Overlook Trail (not worth taking in my opinion), stay right and continue on the hopper trail another 1/3 mile where it hooks up with the AT trail to the summit of MT. Greylock. Hopper trail is only moderately steep and the summit can be reached without a lot of effort. From the summit, return the same route. For a nice side trip, follow Sperry Rd. about 1.5 miles (easy walk/hike through the state run campground) to the end. There you will find Stony Ledge with fantastic views of the Hopper & summit of Mt. Greylock