Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

1 month ago

First week of May, pretty wet in spots. I thought it was a great hike. Views at the top were nice. We got to the pond and there were well over a hundred frogs there, quite something to see. The beginning is a bit lacking in views but the last stretch is fantastic between the pond, the forest (with snow in some areas still) at the top, and the view itself. Unfortunately the lodge and tower were closed, not sure if that is just because it is early or not. Overall a moderate hike that left me tired and took about 3.5 hrs.

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.

I’ve been hiking this trail since I was a kid growing up in the area. I would call it moderate, not hard. Great summit hike for all ages and abilities. An average hiker will take 1.5 to 2 hrs to get to the summit, with breaks. There’s a good break spot about 2/3 of the way up at a bridge, just before you get to the AT. The last bit before the summit on the AT is the toughest, but very manageable. You’ll also see an AT shelter set next to a cute pond in this section, great picture spot. Summit views are well worth it and a great spot for lunch before heading back down. Overall, a good trail for a walk in the woods and the easiest way to achieve this summit.

Got so bored that I turned around, but that's just me. I agree with the other reviews here, and if you're an enthusiastic, nature-loving adventurer like me, pick a different route.

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

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

Pleasant walk in the woods. Should be rated as moderate rather than hard-- nothing technical, just a continuous ascent. The rise is continuous but not particularly steep. Summit was in the clouds when I went-- no views. Completed up and back in 2.5 hours.

The trail is not very steep, but it's not very scenic. Great views at the summit!

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8 months ago

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

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.

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10 months ago

There really is nothing spectacular about this trail - it's more or less a connector. I will say that on the plus side, it's well marked.

Hiked this trail at the beginning of April of this year, when there was still snow on the ground. It was a pretty wide trail and well maintained. Good intro to winter hiking. Towards the summit, it merges with the Appalachian Trail for a short bit, and that part of the trail was quite woodsy, but still easy to get through with the snow. Did this trail at a fast pace due to the cold and it took about 4 hours to get to summit and back down again. Did not need snow shoes, but the snow was on its way to melting and pretty packed. Might need them other months out of the year.

The trail itself was not very scenic but it was an enjoyable hike. Not very steep, good option for first timers. About 4/5 of the way up there is a beautiful little pond. The summit of Greylock is absolutely beautiful with views for 100 miles in every direction, 4 different states are visible from the top. This was worth every step.

Not much to see on the trail itself, at least until you get to the AT. This was my first time hiking up any mountain and I found it challenging but doable. View is fantastic, worth every step.

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10 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.

After reading the description and reviews here, we assumed this would take us (49 year old hikers not in top shape or weight) between 5 and 6 hours round trip, likely closer to 6. We are not tremendously fast hikers, but we aren't overly slow either. We tend to keep a steady pace.

The trail was not hard and was a steady even climb, although you had to watch your step for loose stones and roots (nothing terribly unusual). The final part of the trail where it joins the AT was gorgeous! A little steeper but again, not too bad.

We were at the top in 1:54. We had a bite to eat, wandered around and enjoyed the view (we loved the map showing the various locations of other mountains and towns), and checked out the lodge. We opted to take Gould Trail part of the way down for a change of scenery. This trail was interesting and peaceful. We were down in a total of 1:46, for a total hike time of about 3 hours 40 minutes.

We felt that the trail was not "hard" or "difficult" at all... We had recently hiked up Monadnock on Pumpelly Trail, that to us is hard. This was straightforward and simple. You do get tired, you're going up a mountain, but it was a great trail that anyone who hikes can do. Very enjoyable!

Inexperienced hiker but athletic. I found this moderate but not entirely difficult. My travels up, around the summit, and down totaled 6.9mis and I accomplished this in roughly 5hrs. A wooded hike with little view until about 2/3 of the way when you cross the street for the first time, the flora changes with the elevation and it gets a bit more interesting. Areas of the trail are slightly wet but easily passable. Great view from the summit. I hiked this on a July weekend and the trail itself was not crowded but the summit was packed, cars were lined up waiting for parking spots.

The summit of Mount Greylock was spectacular! This route was straightforward and moderately strenuous but didn't have many views until the top. On the way down we took the Gould trail (we think) instead and enjoyed hiking along the river a lot more. This hike took us about 5 hours including a few breaks and plenty of time at the summit.

A brief first section of this hike is Sperry Road, Which is really an access road for the campground, but we hopped off of it to link to the hopper trail which made this part a bit more scenic. Once you get directly onto the March cataract trail it is a really lovely hike. Good amount of dissent to the waterfall which would make those with knee troubles a bit cautious and perhaps achey the day after. Six and four-year-old did it easily but were tired afterwards. Overall a very enjoyable hike.

I did this hike during Winter. Weather was quite challenging. The wind chills at the summit was -25F. If you decide to do this hike in winter, I would definitely recommend you to carry warm clothes.
Beautiful views from the top !

great trail, but drainage isn't good. Wait for a period of dry weather.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great hike on a beautiful April day! Some mud and snow pack, but overall in pretty good shape for this time.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Took roaring brook trail from the parking then veered onto Stony Ledge trail to the Vista. Stony Ledge trail is pretty steep in spots. Was about a foot of heavy wet snow so snowshoes were a must. Took Sperry road back to the Roaring brook trail which brought me back to the parking lot. Great hike on a beautiful day. Looking forward to doing it again in the summer and fall.

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Monday, February 06, 2017

Well blazed and lightly packed by snowmobiles although I only saw them in the Summit road.

great trail, amazing view

This hike I found to be rather fulfilling. Not in the traditional sense with 1 great view at the top, but more so everything encompassed together as a whole.
The trail is very easy to follow and pretty straightforward winding a bit through the woods. It was raining and snowy when I went which made the walk a bit easier actually but slowed me down a bit. (Easier but slower steps).
With about 3/4 of a mile remaining the trail crosses the road and dips into some thick woods. There's a nice little lake with a cabin that you walk around before you reach the road again and a bit further to the summit. Very peaceful area and during the summer the lodge is open where in my opinion would be a great place to unwind and grab a bite before you go back down. The view is very nice but it can be windy up top.
Because the trail isn't too rocky and is a steady incline up and decline down, it won't take particularly long to finish. I would rate this as a moderate hike as no point is really that steep or challenging. The best part is the last mile.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Did this this morning. Parked on Mt Greylock. Walked down to trail head at campground. Probably could have parked there though. Easy to get to falls, strenuous in way back up but def doable. Water is a trickle we need rain.

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