Busby Trail to Spruce Hill Loop

MODERATE 17 reviews

Busby Trail to Spruce Hill Loop is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Adams, Massachusetts that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
777 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips


Marked with blue blazes and easy to follow, the Busby Trail takes you through dark spruce plantations, deep hardwood forests, and wildflower fields then past (possibly haunted) cellar holes, to Spruce Hill which has spectacular, almost 360 degree views from its summit.

6 months ago

Busby is a fairly nice trail and the views from Spruce Hill are great. However if you take Blackburnian down it's poorly marked, overgrown, and a muddy mess almost the entire way back. I've done this full route in both September and late May and the conditions were the same.

8 months ago

It was a decent hike, but we stopped at an overlook a little before the summit because there were some bugs that looked like bees. Apart from that, it was a nice hike, and it looks like the vistas from the top are quite nice.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great hike, especially for kids. Easy for the first mile, then a moderate uphill to get to the overlook. Crossed a few streams with some small waterfalls. Nice view of North Adams and Adams at the top.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Perfect trail for a hike after work or on a limited time frame on weekends. Perfect for solo hiking with dogs. The trail is typically well maintained, but can get (and stay) very muddy for the first quarter mile because of heavy tree cover. There are some interesting historic foundations from earlier settlements. Gorgeous views of the Hoosac Valley once you reach Spruce Hill

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

This is my favorite trail for when I want a quick hike in the woods. Mostly easy, but it gets steep and rocky at the final 500ft or so. The view at Spruce Hill/Hawk Lookout is spectacular, and a great spot to picnic.

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