Explore the most popular birding trails in Mount Greylock State Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Working on the highest peaks in NE. This was a fun hike - only a couple of steep spots, but they're all very easy. I went north up Money Brook - neat waterfall along the trail. I recommend diverting from this route and going up the Mt. Prospect Trail - the views were incredible from Mt. Prospect!! Then connect back into the AT. Mt. Greylock views were beautiful, but crowded at the top since there's an auto road to the top too

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6 days ago

Quiet trail I thought the trail was relatively easy w a couple of steeper spots , but nothing hard by any means. Stopped at the twisted remains of a plane crash. Then a short push to the AT then we made our way to the summit of Greylock

great hike. clearly marked. paths well maintained. great day hike. summit was awesome

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19 days ago

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26 days ago

A very good but looong hike! We parked in the parking lot at Notch road-it looks like the first part of the trail is about 0.3 miles before the start of the trail on the app. I think I saw a sign that said 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the AT. This trail is not very busy which is nice- the plane crash site was interesting to see. We took the AT to the summit of Mt Greylock for some amazing views. There was even a place to buy a meal/snacks/fill up water bottles at the summit. The entire trip from the parking lot to the summit and back was more like 12-13 miles total according to my FitBit.

snow shoes most wintermonths other months were pleasurable with gear especially the dry snac-foods. more secure especially together w/ 3 or more hikers!

8/24/2018 - hiked the loop today. Very mellow loop. I wish I had hiked in the opposite direction around the loop.The ascent up Money Brook was fairly flat and muddy with no (zero) views until Greylock. I did not get any view from Williams or Fitch (The Money Brook waterfall was worth the extra 400 yard walk). View from Greylock summit was nice and the War Memorial was interesting and crowded. The return on Hopper was dry, steeper and had a nice look-back at Greylock and the Hopper. It would have made for a more interesting ascent. Nice hike in a beautiful part of Massachusetts. I agree 100% with Graham Ardner's review below.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely one of my top three hikes so far. There are a few things that need clarification. The trail description says that it's a 4.8 loop and further down it says that it's 2.4 miles to the Sperry Rd campgrounds and another 1.7 to the summit. My math puts that at 4.1 miles just to the summit and 8.2 miles total as an out and back. My legs and the rest of my body concurs. We clocked in at just around 10 miles total for both sections of the Hopper Trail.

As the description states, there are two sections of the trail, but it's a little confusing. The trail takes you to Sperry Rd where it seemingly ends. Here you can find several hike-in campsites, composting privies, an unmanned ranger station, and water spigots. Going left at the trail junction and following Sperry Rd a short distance will bring you to the upper Hopper Trail on the left. Taking a right on Sperry Rd leads you past the bathrooms and on to Stony Ledge overlook with scenic views.

The upper section of Hopper Trail takes you across sections of the auto road and links up with the Overlook trail and the Appalachian trail where the blazes change from blue to white. The trail leads past a beautiful pond with an outbuilding, then a short distance to the summit where the views are spectacular. The war memorial has an observation tower with 360 degree views of the area. Bascom Lodge has restrooms, a small gift shop, a restaurant and accommodations. We retraced our steps back down to the Hopper Rd trailhead.

To reiterate, Hopper Trail has two sections, it doesn't end at Sperry Rd, and it is close to a 9 mile out and back trail, not a 4.8 mile loop.

Signage is good. Trails are well marked. I recommend printing out a map to bring along. There were no maps at the kiosks and cell reception was good, but spotty at times.

The scenery was beautiful. We had the trail mostly to ourselves until the upper Hopper portion. I recommend walking approximately 1000 yards onto the Haley Farm trail at either the beginning or end of your hike to see the "Hopper" (the nickname for the valley). While on the trail you really don't see or realize the valley in which you're hiking along.

We had around 3400' in elevation gain, and I personally rate it as hard. Overall, it took us around 5 1/2 hours to hike it.

Definitely worth the drive from wherever you are to hike Massachusetts' highest peak.

Wasnt a bad trail. was foggy so views were bad. otherwise would have a bad view. summit was marked by cairn, with some decent outlooks along the way.

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1 month ago

Nice trail to take from the walk in campsites. Easy to hike and some cool scenery a long the way, but some sections are close to the road with some confusing signage occasionally. The observation tower is nice at the top, but the peak is going to pretty much always be crowded. Always nice to have ice cream or lunch at the top though :)

unfortunately it was foggy. otherwise there would have been some nice views. well marked, well kept.

hiking
1 month ago

I'm writing this review because my friends and I followed Mike Ose's misleading advice. The summit of Saddle Ball Mt is, easily, a 3 mile hike uphill from Adam's Rd on the AT trail. 1 mile + 3 miles = ~8 miles roundtrip. We were prepared for a 3 mile hike and this almost became a disaster.

The turn to make a left on Jones Nose is not marked from that direction - at least the three of us did not see it.

Lots of mosquitos and a very wet path. I had to turn around after a mile or so because it just didn’t seem worth it. I drove to the top and yeah. It was so cloudy I would have been disappointed by all the effort I put in to get there. Bring bug spray even if you think you don’t need it and waterproof shoes if it’s been rainy.

Did the loop as suggested and loved the waterfall! On the way back, had a spectacular view of the three peaks my friend and I climbed. My only complaint was the confusing signage along the way. We had to backtrack several times to find our way back to the correct trail. All in all an adventurous and fun day!

good hike but a few areas were really steep

The interpretive portion of this hike was nicely done & very educational. The trail itself is well-trodden but is becoming a bit encroached upon by undergrowth along the sides of the trail (it's not terrible; just watch out for prickers!). Unlike other Greylock hikes, there's not an amazing view or other particularly interesting scenery.

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2 months ago

Nice incline, but be aware that this does not lead all the way to the summit—that’s another few miles after the end of this trail.

nice easy hike, do it semi-often. Did it alone in an hour and 45 up recently. halfway down heard what I can only describe as two monkeys calling to each other...

I went on a perfect morning. Good vistas, nice burn in the legs going up and pretty easy walking on the way down. It took about 5 hours- spent about 45 minutes up at the top and took a few breaks.
It was steep at the beginning, but levels out quickly and I was surprised with how fast I got to the summit.

We used Roaring Brook as an approach to Mount Greylock, which offered a nice challenge and more remote feel than Cheshire Harbor Trail. The trail follows a brook through serene hemlock woods, before climbing steeply through the woods to a dirt road, after crossing the road, we linked up with Hopper Trail and the AT for the summit of Greylock. Definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to climb this peak.

Hiked this trail many times during my childhood and it was the perfect challenge for my 11-year-old daughter and me to hike together. On a clear summer day, the views are amazing. The lodge has a great menu too.

Did this loop with my wife this last weekend. As per the trail description, we found one of the dispersed camping sites along Money Brook and set up there. We met some folks with a AMC trail book that was 3 years old and it mentioned these same sites. However nowadays, it seems they have signs against it. I guess they just recently changed this. We are both pretty good "leave no trace" campers so we went ahead anyway and it was fine.

We hiked the loop backwards, hitting Greylock first by 6:30am and were the first ones up. I highly recommend you do this so you can enjoy the summit without hoards of people. On the way back, we took the trail over to add on Mt. Prospect which had a decent view. The steep descent from Prospect to Money Brook Trail was probably the hardest part of the hike, but still not bad.

Compared to other treks I've done in the northeast this paled in comparison, which is why I gave it only 3 stars. The trails were easy to follow but overall somewhat "boring." I hate to speak bad of a trail but I want everyone to have a great experience and this one just wasn't very exciting. Mt. Frissell in CT was half the distance and double the fun. Or, if you can make it to the ADKs, White mountains or Green Mountains, do a trail there instead. That said, this was a nice easy hike (I would call it moderate, not hard) and we averaged 2mph, so you can knock it out pretty quick.

Steady but moderate incline trail with a few steeper sections. Rocky, but well maintained. Worth the views and the trip up the war memorial tower at the summit.

Lovely trail, with a nice reward at the end at the waterfall. When starting from the Sperry Road campground it’s a short hike - relatively low energy expenditure for a high reward. Which makes it great for bringing kids as well. At the falls the trail ends but you can scramble down the rocks and explore.

When we hiked it there were no other people around - plenty of opportunity to be still and pick out all the sounds of nature around us. Lovely.

Did this loop 6/24/18 as a training hike for a Yellowstone trip. Got a late start (1045). Knew thunderstorms were coming and was gonna cut it short after Mt Williams. Decided to do the entire loop regardless. Warm and muggy. I hike a lot..was carrying a 25 lb vest. This hike was hard. I was trying to beat the storms. It is very easy to miss the Mt Prospect trail going up the south slope off the money broom trail. I kept looking for it to branch off to the left after every stream crossing. Thank Godfor the gps. And speaking of going up the south slope of Mt Prospect...damn that was not easy. About 1200-1300 of ascent in about a mile. The thunderstorm did not help. There were no water sources really until Greylock. A couple beautiful views.

Finished in about 5.5 hours and it was a great training hike.

Did this loop with my small dog as an overnight trip, starting with the AT (south) to Mount Prospect, then staying at the Sperry Road campground. Completed the second half including Mount Greylock the next day. Unfortunately there were no views from Greylock due to the very foggy, misty weather, although it did make for a pretty quiet hike. Was definitely made more difficult by having an overnight pack, but I can see this being doable in one day without the pack as long as you begin early and are in really good shape. The trail was well marked the entire way, especially the AT sections.

Summited Northbound on day 5 of an AT section hike. Incredible pine and beech forests and so many wildflowers. The summit was astonishing and we were so happy to have planned to stay at Bascom Lodge to enjoy Greylock for a while.

Amazing view , great easy hike for young families to still enjoy a great view.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at Hailey’s farm and got to the summit in about 2 hours on hopper. Had my dog with me and he had no issues, even with it being the first hike of the year with that incline. Top was extremely foggy and couldn’t see the top of the monument when standing directly below it. Still a great morning hike. Over look trail, through the campground and down on Hailey’s trail keeps you from tracing the same path down.

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