Explore the most popular forest 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.

Great hike, with one minor (?) problem when I followed this trail map this past Saturday. At the 1968 elevation (Money Brook Trail) the map appears to show a sharp turn to the left proceeding upward. At first, I searched for this non-existent V turn. I actually started climbing up the steep incline thinking I'd run into it. In reality, I had to backtrack on the -same- trail section (after viewing the magnificent waterfall) by about 30 or so feet, where a trail marker (not previously noticed) indicated a left turn to proceed. All in all I really loved this hike! I went back on Sunday and did the Mt. Prospect to Greylock hike, also a winner..

This is a moderate loop that takes you over the largest peak in Massachusetts. It includes a Leanto 4 miles from the end for an overnight but this is doable in one day. Recommend starting early in the AM as we didn’t get to camp until about 5pm. Not much for wildlife other than small critters. Fire wood is available in season for leanto sight (not at the one we used). I recommend going in reverse and staying at the Wilbur Clearing leanto. There are serveral fresh water sources as well. This was a great hike and the trails are amazing as well as beautiful waterfall, one of which was right next to our campsite.

2 Guys and a Dog

???? My 12 year old son and I are relatively new to hiking but are in good physical condition. Is this % grade (10-15% at start, which I realize is steep) something that we can do without feeling totally trashed? We plan on heading out this coming Friday, 4/20. We have a goal of hiking Mt. Washington in mid-June and this hike is on our hit list for prep. Have a great day!

An all around great trail! Intermediate in difficulty. No need for micro spikes but poles are suggested. Runs 10%-15% grade for the duration of the trail. I'm glad we did it in the winter when the roads were closed so we did not have to encounter any tourist. With heavy stopping we completed the trail in 3.25 hours. The last part of the trail, once you get into the evergreens, is gorgeous! Cheers!

I’ve done this trail in both fall and winter. The trail itself can be an ankle twister at some points (rocks, roots, and narrow), but as long as you take your time, you’ll be fine. Very doable. A walking stick or hiking poles could be helpful. In the winter, the falls were a mix of frozen daggers and gushing water (it was a 70 degree day in February). I could also see Stony Ledge from the trail, due to the lack of leaves and could see the falls from Stony Ledge when I went there later on that same afternoon (which I had never noticed before). In the fall, it was essentially a large rock face with a trickle, but a nice lunch spot and cool to explore. The trailhead is located in the campground, so you have to hike there from either another trail (Hopper Trail, Stony Ledge, etc) or park out on Rockwell Rd by the CCC Dynamite trailhead and walk in on Sperry Rd to the trailhead. A nice hike to do in conjunction with a trip out to Stony Ledge or on your way up to the summit.

This is not an easy loop. I've taken it several times starting out on the Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge, a lovely view. It was a steep climb for the first mile with several swicthbacks through a lovely woods. In the 2 mile hike to Stony Ledge there is an elevation gain of about 1500 feet. The hike to the summit of Mount Greylock
from Stony Ledge is another 2 miles in which you gain another 1200 feet in
elevation. Part of this second part of the hike is through a camp ground that is accessible by motor vehicle in season. So non hikers can access Stony Ledge as well.
From the summit, I've returned to the trailhead using the Hopper Trail that took me into the Hopper itself. Beautiful walk.
Be aware that the road leading to the trail head, Hopper Road, is often closed in mud season to all but local traffic. I've only hiked this in sparking weather conditions which adds to the enjoyment of the fabulous sights along the way.

Made it to where the AT splits off before having to turn back because of time. Beautiful ridgeline during the ascent, and great views to the west once the climb is over. A bit of ice in the steeper sections but nothing microspikes couldn't handle. Lot at the AT trailhead holds about ten cars.

Two words: stunning view! ...but boring gravel road. If you like running on a gravel roads and magnificent views, this is for you :)

Started out from the trailhead on Patterson Road, the AT goes steeply up for the first mile or so, then moderates as you go higher on the ridge. Mt prospect trail deviates to the right passing a couple of beautiful open spots where the views toward the Taconics and Williamstown open up.There is a large Cairn at the summit, then the trail starts to drop down. You do get views of the Greylock summit in the distance. We went on a cold day and it was brisk along the ridge as the air speeds up as it goes over the mountain, but the views were beautiful and very different from most hikes on Greylock that offer views toward the Adams side mostly. We were out about 3 hours which makes a nice half-day hike.

Great fall hike!

Suggest up Stoney Ledge trail, enjoy the view then down Roaring Brook for a nice loop.

The views from Mt. Williams, Mt. Greylock, and Stony Ledge were amazing! The hike took us longer to complete than I expected which led us hiking the last bit after Stony Ledge in the dark. I would normally be miffed at this, but thankfully there is very little light pollution in the area letting us have an amazing view of the stars once we left the woods all the way to the parking lot.

Bring plenty of water, and the lodge at the top of Greylock has a tap for hikers if you're needing to refill. We didn't really come across other hikers until Mt. Fitch and Greylock. Can't wait to do it again!

Great trail and great overlook! The trail from start of the main road to the overlook is 2.4 miles.

Definitely a must do climb if you are in the area. I would consider it moderate to difficult. I would not recommend for people with bad knees or ankles, heavy ankle support is recommended for everyone. Very rocky and lots of roots. The first 1 mile is a tough incline with steep elevation gain, pace yourself on that section, it's moderate after that point.

Beautiful. As stated, steep (and slick) in the area going in and coming out of the cataract. Beautiful hike.

Overall this is a good hike. The trails are easy to follow starting from Money Brook and working your way to the AT then to Greylock. Not much traffic but I also started early. The view from the top is incredible, but saturated with tourists which I do not care for. Also, the restaurant in the lodge at the top of Mt. Greylock is overpriced and the food was terrible, also don't serve beer until 4 pm on Sundays(?). Anyway, hiked hopper back to the parking lot which was easy to follow and all downhill. Definitely bring plenty of water and snacks as this will be a long hike. Trails could be better maintained but overall pretty good!

Large parking area at the end of Hopper Rd. Go past the gate and continue onto the Money Brook Trail. You can take the trail all the way until it hooks up with the Appalachian Trail and then take the AT over Greylock, but we cut it just a bit short and took the Old Summit Trail towards the end of the Money Brook Trail to where it connects with the AT to shave off the climb of an additional mountain. Connect back up with the Hopper Trail on the way down Greylock to complete the loop. About 10 miles if you take the Old Summit shortcut. Very physical trail and very challenging for most of it, but a great hike with a gorgeous view at the top (if you can dodge everyone that simply drove up :) )

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Very nice hike. Not too challenging except in some of the steep area getting down to the falls and back out. Beautiful area to hike in. Am looking forward to coming back during foliage for the amazing views at the summit.

Glad to have gotten out today to do this trail because it was such a beautiful day, but I definitely wouldn't rank it as hard. Views were good but not as mount-onus as I had hoped. I walked the road for a bit afterwards and enjoyed the views from there much more than from the other side. Decent hike overall.

hiking
9 months ago

This was the perfect, easy hike for the kids and I today. We were all a bit tired & hoping for something that was not overly taxing but still provided us with something worth-while to look at - this trail delivered. The trail is heavily trafficked (we were thankful to be the first on the trail, because we came across about a dozen other hikers on our way back) so it is not overgrown; it also is very well marked.

hiking
9 months ago

nice view from summit, trail was enjoyable, not difficult

Beautiful but difficult!! Definitely go in by the camp parking lot to start!!

If you want to feel like Frodo bringing the one ring to the fires of mount doom, the trail between Saddle Ball and Mt Greylock can definitely help. The entire trail is beautiful and can be finished in 5 hours (with an hour break at the top of Mt Greylock). The top of Greylock is definitely a little crowded but only saw a handful of hikers on the rest of the loop. The views from the top are totally worth the trip and I even saw a bald eagle up there flying with the hangliders that use the Peak to launch from. Drove from upstate NY for this one and was not disappointed.

hiking
9 months ago

The falls are certainly worth the hike if there has been recent rainfall. The difficulty lies in the narrowness of the trail (in some areas you have little more than a foot - with a steep drop on one side) more so than the areas that are steep (there are a few, but they're certainly manageable).

This is not a hike to take if you're looking for something challenging (hence my categorizing our activity as "walking" vs. "hiking") -- but the view is unbeatable! In essence, you are traveling along a well-maintained dirt road until you reach the lookout point. We took a "detour" and hiked the March Cataract Fall trail (steep, narrow, and tricky in a few spots, but well worth it). All in all, a beautiful day for our family.

hiking
9 months ago

I took this one for granted. This was a very challenging hike. A lot of great things to see at the top!

used AT to summit rated strenuous half quarter mile up, but more moderate to me..spectacular views from the top

I parked at the Money Brook trailhead on Notch Rd., about three road miles down the mountain from the summit turnoff to Mt. Greylock. I passed on the falls and continued on Money Brook to Hopper then Sperry Rd. and back on Hopper to Mt. Greylock. It's probably about 5 - 6 miles. From the top of Greylock I looped back to where I was parked using the AT north, about 3 - 3.5 miles. I started at 8 am and got back to where I was parked at 2:45 pm, stops for lunch and two rest breaks totaled about 45 - 60 minutes. This is a challenging hike, due mostly to Money Brook. My time was about 45 - 50 minutes per mile, much higher than the day before when I hiked the Jones Nose, CCC Dynamite loop plus extra, at about 35 - 40 minutes per mile. The Money Brook trail is a long incline, gradual and sometimes pretty steep. In places I'd go 50 - 70 paces and stop, stand to rest ten seconds and then continue. Real pretty though. Nice flowers in bloom, and beautiful weather. Coming back from Mt. Greylock the AT north is downhill to level and rocky. Two thoughts: I like to bring and use my compass with the trail map. Also, tree roots, rocks and whatnot are part of the deal, be careful, start in the am, and take your time chuggling along. Have fun!

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