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Mount Greylock State Reservation is home to Mount Greylock. The park boundaries encompass several towns, which include Lanesborough, North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Williamstown and New Ashford, in Berkshire County. At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts. Rising above the surrounding Berkshire landscape, dramatic views of 60-90 miles distant may be seen. It became Massachusetts' first wilderness state park, acquired by the Commonwealth in 1898, to preserve its natural environment for public enjoyment. Wild and rugged yet intimate and accessible, Mount Greylock rewards the visitor exploring this special place of scenic and natural beauty. With over 70 miles of hiking trails, including a segment of the Appalachian Trail and the Thunderbolt Ski Trail, the park has plenty to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. You can access the summit by use of several trails in the area, including Hopper, Stony Ledge, CCC Dynamite, Bellows Pipe, and Bernard Farm. Make sure to check out the war memorial tower at the summit as well as the Bascom Lodge. The Bascom Lodge on the summit offers overnight accommodations and meals from late-May through mid/late-October. The lodge was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The park can be easily accessed from Boston or New York City.

Would definitely wear traction. Lots of ice, snow probably halfway up.

Very icy conditions so micro spikes was an absolute must. Looked like someone ran the Zamboni up the trails some parts. Nice hike overall with good views from the top.

Trail starts out as a road/4x4 trail. about 1.5 miles in, the trail splits off but the road keeps going. Its extremely easy to miss because the trail is basically a creek bed.. there is only a small post in the ground to let you know this is a trail. Due to the warm weather this trail was miserable.. constantly breaking through the ice and stepping in water. Would probably be very easy in the summer, though the appalachin trail route, though slightly longer is more scenic.

For extra fun, try this without micro spikes.

super great hike with a nice climb to an amazing view. World war 1 memorial was pretty cool as well

A great winter Hike. Absolutely gorgeous view ans well shielded... most of the time

People you need Micro Spikes for this one. I passed 6 groups of hikers falling on their face. This trail is in a dry stream bed part of the way and at the top gets blasted by high winds and ices over. If you but spikes you will shoot up this trail with ease, if you don't prepare to fall... alot.

Good warm up trail

1 month ago

Nice loop near the top of Mt Greylock. The trail winds in the woods for the majority of the time, so you don't get great vistas. There is a cool little cabin by the lake. We started from the south using the Campground trail and Hopper Trail to reach the summit, then the Overlook trail on the way down.

We found this to be a strenuous hike. The trails were well marked but, white markers are tough to see in the snow. Parts of the Hopper Trail were a sheet of ice. I wore crampons for miles. Yesterday’s rain froze much of the trail, where it wasn’t flooded. The view from Greylock was breathtaking. We could see the wind turbines, and although I typically dislike monuments on top of mountains (Think High Point, NJ), the monument on Greylock is simply beautiful. We wished the lodge was open. There was an open composting toilet at the top of the Hopper trail. In summary, leave extra time and spikes are a must.

I was the only person on the trail at 8:30 am starting from the small parking area at Pattison Rd. Summited by 11:45 am, saw a handful of people who must have taken different routes, took a short rest and photos at the top, and returned by 3 pm (again, no people in sight). Microspikes and poles were handy as the whole trail was more or less ice covered in powdery snow. Lots of wildlife tracks along the trail, including what I think was bear! Very much a winter wonderland. Difficult, but doable.

12.5.18. Beautiful hike through hemlock forest with the eponymous brook roaring away for the first half mile. It's a well marked trail — just follow the blue blazes. Steep climb begins at the half mile point for about a mile. You can rest at a lean-to near where the Hopper trail begins. It’s December, so quite a bit of snow and ice on the path and it became a skating rink at about a mile in, requiring some off-piste walking. Definitely prepare for this trip — good boots, water, walking stick etc. It says it’s hard and, in places, it is.

Here are my stats as a guide (took a little detour at the end as one of the bridges across Roaring Brook was out, but this may be helpful anyway...)

Distance: 4.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,339 feet
Moving Time: 2:13:15

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2 months ago

Skied up to the top of the notch thanksgiving 2018. Thin cover at bottom but plenty of snow further up. Many stream crossings kept icing our skis which we scraped off on any log we could find.

Bring micro spikes. The top of Thunderbolt and the summit are slippery with black ice. Also, stay clear of the potential for falling ice from the monument. We had a great day, taking our time, with sunny skis and temps in the mid 30s. I enjoyed this walk and the summit views are pretty spectacular. We spotted a weasel, the cutest little predator ever. He was undaunted by us as he was so busy hunting field mice. All in all- fabulous hike and memorable experience.

Enjoyed it!

Snowy and icy towards the top but views were still amazing at the top. Very muddy and wet on most of the trail. Will definitely do again in the spring time.

The day I hiked was pretty miserable weather - chilly, snowy, windy, and icy. Aside from the slipping and sliding on the road at the summit, I didn't have any issues though. The beginning of the hike is just ho-hum but the the lake is beautiful and well worth the effort. I also would say the rating of "Hard" is pretty aggressive and would personally give it a "Moderate". Very doable if you're in ok shape and if you aren't the road will still get you to the top and put you right next to the lake.

Uphill climb wet in various places relatively uneventful. Took Gould down, which was more interesting and reconnected to Cheshire through a spur trail which crossed the ravine. That was a good challenge!

Took Anna’s parking advice; good call.
Up the Thunderbolt, steep in places but got to the top in just over an hour.
Tea in the lodge which was a bit disappointing. Place was stark and uninviting. Could have done with the fire lighting.
Down on the Bellows Pipe which wasn’t as steep and easier on the knees.

Did this trail in August with 5 kids ages 14 - 2. Two scenic vistas with gorgeous views and a plane crash memorial made it interesting for the kids. Took about an hour for the whole loop.

Did this as part of the 51st Ramble. Difficulty is moderate and can be SUPER greasy. Wear good shoes.

Took Roaring Brook to Hopper to the AT to get to the summit. Beautiful hike with amazing scenery! Took about 5 hours including a 20 min break for food at the top. Would definitely recommend

Moderate difficulty, a little muddy. My friend and I — in decent shape but not aggressive or frequent hikers — enjoyed this as a half-day hike. With the days shorter and other activities nearby, this was a good way to get to the summit in good time. The little alpine-like lake almost at the top was a neat feature! *the pond was made by the CCC, but it’s still cool

A great hike not too strenuous. Unfortunately, Greylock was socked in so we didn’t get to enjoy the views.

4 months ago

Such a boring trail, I highly recommend taking a different one

We are novice hikers so this was a little harder than anticipated but we are so happy we did it! We’ve driven up Greylock a few times but this was our first time hiking it. Unfortunately it was overcast and foggy so the views at the top were non-existent. Coming down was steep and much harder than going up!

Lots of elevation change, you are essentially summiting three mountains. Great views and lots of picnic tables up top to enjoy lunch.

The trail is listed as difficult it was actually moderate. My boyfriend and I was pleasantly surprised of the well marked and well kept trails. The summit was amazing. We are heading there again with a group of 20 hikers ( Ages 5-60) for fall foliage hike.

the trail follows a stream a majority of the way. and by follows I mean the trail is a legitimate stream. very wet, tons of large rocks & very vertical in areas. slippy & muddy. would be great when in dry season

4 months ago

desperately in need of some trail love. waterbars when you can find them are overfilled with Duff and silt. a river runs through it.

I'd say the best of the trails we were on today (9/19/18) only one short section, maybe 1/4 mile, would I consider hard. the rest moderate. the clearing at the top had the best view by far.

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