Explore the most popular wildlife 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..

18 days 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.

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

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.

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.

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 :)

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.

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!

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!

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 :) )

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.

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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.

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.

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9 months ago

nice view from summit, trail was enjoyable, not difficult

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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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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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