Jones Nose Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lanesborough, MA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.
Located in the Mt. Greylock State Reservation, the Jones Nose Trail, (trailhead in the Jones Nose parking lot off of Rockwell Road) is a 1.5m out and back trail or can be used as a link trail to access the AT North to summit Mt. Greylock (+2.9 miles) Jones Nose trail begins with a gradual ascent across open meadows to its peak where, on a clear day, there are spectacular views. The meadow is full of various wildflowers and this part of the trail is on the easier side of moderate. It then enters a forested area where the trail becomes narrow and rocky and increases in difficulty. It intersects with the AT North (take for another 2.9m to summit Greylock and pass over Saddle Ball Mounain) or follow the CCC Dynamite Trail (very overgrown) toward Sperry Road.
Great hike almost went for the top of the mountains next time for sure ... Definitely hard when it is wet ...exposed rock and such ... Great hike and for a difficult trail was easy for me ...
Ranger suggested the "magic triangle" which starts at Jones Nose parking area. Went out end of lot onto Old Adams Rd. This starts downhill until it meets the AT, going left on the AT it starts to climb in elevation, about 700' in 1 1/2 miles to top of Saddle Ball Mtn. Go left onto Jones Nose trail. About a mile back to parking area. Very steep and rocky but going down. Opens up to a nice meadow with views, great way to end. About 3 hrs at a moderate pace, not for beginners..some steep steps. Tree color was almost peak, blue sky, great day.
Pretty steep. Better to come down if doing it as part of a loop.
Beautiful views, some strenuous parts, connected to Appalachian trail and went to summit
Took me about 4.25 hours with significant stops for photog and some issues with water levels and wet rocks due to rain the previous day.
My second trip to Greylock and hoping to try other hikes in the area.
11 Jones Nose to Summit
Trailhead at Jones Nose on Rockwell
Road in Cheshire (01225):
Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km), Time:
5.5-6 hours, Elevation gain: 1,303 ft.
(397 meters), Ability: strenuous to
Did this one again, this time with my husband, daughter and her boyfriend. Great day. Tough going up Saddleball but overall great trail, views and hike.
Came back to hike this trail with our son on a clear day. The views from Jones Nose are beautiful. Clear view of Jiminy Peak. Heading up Saddleball Mountain is steep, rocky and challenging. There is an scenic vista between 0.74 and 0.90m uphill, down a very short path which is to your left as you're ascending Saddleball before you hit the AT junction. The views here are excellent, nice breezes and very peaceful. Plan to do this trail again. Of all the ways that we've gone to the summit of Greylock this is the most visually rewarding.
This was a nice trail through the meadow and then somewhat challenging to the connection to the AT North. The day we went was very foggy, chilly and misty for a summer day so the views weren't great but I can imagine that on a clear day the views would be spectacular due to how wide open it is before entering the forested area. I did the find the section of this trail from entering the forested area to the connection to the AT North to be challenging. It had rained and on the way back down there were many challenges due to the wet rock and the steep grade at points on the trail.