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Fall trails conditions as in any NE area. Mixed wet day yesterday in area, planned a weather break day amidst the Berkshires & had one. As a first time, chose the Blue Indian Monument Inscription Trail. An old wagon trail ending proximate to the Red Summit Squaw Trail. An easy south shoulder to summit climb, gradual ascent. The Red & Yellow Hickey Trails meet at the Monument. The red then used scrape & ledge & rocks (some as steps) to Squaw Mountain, clearly blazed. Children & newbies should be watched - the cliffs are real, a 900 foot drop. My altimeter read 1615-1640 height. A couple of “Pulpit” rock formations adjoin the cliff face here, one the Devil’s Pulpit. The trustees allow no rock climbing here. Descent can be had by the Squaw Trail Red .5 mile which intersects the 1.6 mile Blue Monument trail up or down. The .8 mile Hickey Yellow Trail is correctly styled strenuous. In fall, leaves conceal rocks & pits. Yellow blazes are adequate. Taken downhill the trail is 2/3 sharp incline & rocky. Very attentive. Two bridges & views of the lower cliff rockfalls & some flatter slopes appeal. All (the Red via the blue north or south, the Yellow at the Monument) commence & end at the picnic & parking area. If time, a ride back via State 183 to the West show a rich valley romantic view of the massif along the Housatonic River. The northern water from Squaw Mountain is Agawam Brook Pond. The trail condition is good. Weather turns a risk at the summit. Pay to park or donation encouraged with solar powered ATM/Debit/Credit machines.

Great for beginners

Great trail, especially late-afternoon when I did it. It took me 2 1/2 hours and I was booking it, so I would definitely allow yourself 3 for sure. I combined the Dawn Mine Trail, which takes you down into a thickly wooded ravine with lots of boulders and a lovely stream, with the Mount Lowe Railway Trail, which is paved but still really nice, on the return. It took me about 1-1 1/4 hours to get to the Dawn Mine area, and then you can turn left and head up the hillside and then return along the ridge, which gives you great views of Altadena all the way to Downtown LA. Highly recommended. Only say about 10 people the whole time. Can't wait to go again!

Really nice area but the gate was locked and couldn’t get in, they replaced the fence AND. got stuck in the mud right before the gate. Geez bad day I’ll tell ya what.....

definitely worth it nice up and down few wet spots but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry caves are pretty awesome and also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves near the top

oh yeah, I also saw a gray fox on the way back from the caves

definitely worth it, few spots with mud and puddles but enough roots and rocks to keep your feet dry, caves are pretty awesome, highly recommended

A good, flat, easy walk. 45 mins to complete the circuit around the gorgeous pond. In summer you’ll need to pay to park.

Always a great hike, in any season. Fab views from the top. Approx 1.5 hours to complete the loop. Dog friendly. Can be crowded on the weekends. Devil’s Pulpit is a short diversion near the top which affords less crowded views.

It was a nice trek while camping in copake falls

A good trail. I recommend it. Some up and downs but nothing too crazy. It rained the day before I went and I saw all kinds of mushrooms on the trail.

trail running
25 days ago

I liked the trail a lot for it's distance. Clocked 4.5 miles plus 1,400' of ascent down & back. Bouldered at the caves some. Man are there some hard problems over there!

Not much elevation, but very pretty trail that is nice and diverse (deciduous fern forest, pine groves, ledge). Boulders and caves were fun to explore. Trail was in good shape, a little muddy in spots. Important to stay on trail as there were signs for hunting areas.

lush, densely covered, walk along stream to the gold mine. however, it is very buggy. bring spray or a net to cover your face.

going back up to the ridge the bugs go away and reveal nice city and natural views.

in terms of foot traffic, I ran into small groups every 30 minutes or so.

will go again.

26 days ago

Very scenic and enjoyable hike. Lots of bugs though, bring some repellent. Parts of the trail were very overgrown and I could swear I heard growling at one point (!). But I definitely recommend this hike. Lots of shade and different terrain, and seeing the mine at the end was exciting, even if it is closed.

27 days ago

The tranquility.

hiking
27 days ago

Great short hike from New York side. Impressive Falls.

great hike with breathtaking views, I would definetely recommend squaw trail( red one) Not for kids under 10

We did this trail on daylight. moderate hike to the dawn mine sign. if you go down to the right, you will see what it used to be the mine. The mine is now covered with steel but you can peak with a flashlight. We couldn't find a way to go in the mine. Even if there was, I didn't wonder around to much.
be aware of the bee hive on the tree on top to the left of the sign that says dawn mine. These bees will follow you and sting you.
p.s follow skyhighhiking on your I.g

Lots of shade. Nice creek. Took about 3.5 hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

Was looking for something in this area to do a easy or moderate loop. Found this and didn't realize I had actually gone past it when doing another hike out at Alander Mtn. a while back. This is a busy area, a hike that is more for somebody looking for something to do on a weekend than say a hiker looking to do a section of the AT. Don't get me wrong, it's nice but don't look for solitude. After seeing many people starting their loop by going right, I went left to start and did clockwise. Only saw a few people till I got towards the top. Still, some people are just loud and can't just enjoy the mountain. Glad I found some areas to explore before reaching the congested top area. There is a section just off the Squaw trail that is called Devil's Pulpit. It's just a little side trail so take it if you can. It brings you to the cliff area, straight down if you slip but no worries. :) All in all, a decent hike but nothing too exciting till you get to the Squaw trail. There is the Indian loop trail which goes alongside the mountain under the Squaw, probably worth checking out but wasn't that interested to back track and find out. Last thing to note as I didn't notice when I pulled into the parking lot but I guess you need or will have to pay to park. I walked by a kiosk getting back to my car. I checked it out, doesn't look like it had been activated yet but just letting you know for future reference. When I parked and started up the trail, I didn't go by this and there isn't a sign anywhere that mentions paying at least not yet.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Great for dogs! Shady and beautiful!! Will go again!

great trail, excellent for the kids. it was a hot day so the water felt great.

A beautiful shady loop with lots of points of interest among the way and breathtaking views from Inspiration Point. I question whether it’s 4.9 Miles as in the description. While the elevation gain is accurate, I think it’s more like 6-6.5 and others along the way agreed. Recommend doing the loop clockwise, as the descent down from Dawn Mine would be a bit more challenging.

Pretty good hike, ups and downs but nothing crazy. Brought my 2 yr old dog and it was perfect for him. A few sections seemed wet which seemed odd since we haven’t had any rain lately, not sure I’d recommend shortly after a storm. Views at this time of year were a little obstructed but I bet they are pretty nice in the fall when the leaves start falling.

Fun day hike in the Amherst area. Decent views from the top. Not all parts are well blazed so keep an eye out for the trail.

Great views and the waterfall is breathe taking!

Fantastic hike! Give yourself about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete. It can definitely be finished faster but allow yourself some time to scramble on the rocks. Trail gets a little confusing at times, just used the map to help me navigate.
Also be sure to leave before the 8PM as the gates to park close.

Gorgeous hike, and not another soul on the trail. Walked this at sunset, and the views from the top of the ridge were incredible. Even though it had been a relatively warm day (highs in the 90s), the walk through the canyon to the Dawn Mine was cool and shady. Highly recommend this.

trail running
2 months ago

Was less populated so I would suggest taking someone with you! Great trail, would hike again.

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