Monument Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Risingdale, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Thanksgiving 2016: This trail offered beautiful surroundings in nature and varied terrain. We hiked a couple of days after a snowfall, but it wasn't too deep and the trails were still walkable.
We started on the Indian Monument trail. After 100 feet or so, we lost track of the footprints in the snow. We couldn't find the path, so we turned around and went up Hickey. It was moderately challenging, but even for a 60-year-old out of shape woman, very doable. I took my time, and stopped to admire the spectacular snow-covered sights.
Hickey was icy on parts and steep a couple of times. We had to climb up some rocks but not too large or difficult. I knew I wouldn't be able to go back down that way. Especially because my legs were feeling a bit rubbery.
We got a late afternoon start and considering the early winter sunset, we didn't attempt to make it all the way to Squaw Peak. Instead we took Indian Monument back, which was a lovely and easy trek down.
Towards the end, we discovered that because of the snow, hikers had opted to leave the path and walk along the highway. That's why we couldn't follow the path at the beginning. In the end I was super happy we started with the more challenging Hickey and ended with Indian Monument.
Would definitely do this again next time we are in the Berkshires. And leave an hour earlier to leave time to make it to the very top.
Be sure to bring snacks and water!
it was my first hiking here! great view, nice hiking
quick hike with great views
Saw amazing fall leaves and great view of the valley from one of the peaks. Easy trail to follow.
Best hike in Great Barrington area
Walked by my self a challenge on the yellow trail to the falls. Didn't make it almost went over the bridge had to return back to go to work. Will do again.
Great loop! Can get pretty crowded, and quite steep at times, but the views are worth it!