Cheshire Harbor Trail to Mount Greylock

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Cheshire Harbor Trail to Mount Greylock is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Adams, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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The easiest and shortest ascent route from base to summit of Mount Greylock, the highest peak in Massechusetts. Spectacular views at summit.

1 month ago

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.

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3 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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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5 months ago

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!

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6 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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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6 months ago

I chose this trail because it was described as the easiest way to the summit and I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew having not done a summit hike in some time. The first ~3 miles, the Cheshire Harbor trail, steadily ascends through the woods on a wide and easy to follow trail. The most rewarding and interesting part however was the .75 stretch of the AT that brings you to the summit once you cross the road at the end of the Harbor trail. This stretch is short but beautiful and dense. It passes a neat little pond and the smell of the evergreens is strong in the air. I did this on a foggy day which added a "deep in the woods" feel. The summit was completely foggy and offered no views, but I drove up the summit road afterwards once the fog broke. If you ignore the town of North Adams directly at the base of the summit, there are nice rolling mountains in the distance and far visibility.

7 months ago

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 !

8 months ago

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

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9 months ago

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

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11 months ago

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

Monday, November 07, 2016

great trail, amazing view

Saturday, October 29, 2016

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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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We did this trail in late April 2016. Our first hike for the year. It was an easy one to start off the season with. Quite a few people at the top but very quiet pleasant views. The restaurant was not open yet at the top so no concerns of large amounts of people. Well maintained trails. This took us about 5/6 hours to complete.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great trail. One of my favorites on Mt. Greylock. Trail is usually well maintained and with the exception of Columbus Day weekend, not heavily populated.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Great hike up Mt Greylock. Fairly easy hike. Some steep parts but not too strenuous.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

This was an excellent trail. Hiked it on the coldest weekend of October and it was snowing at the summit. Caught the lodge on its last day open for the season. Loved the AT and can't wait to go back to do more of the trails up Greylock.

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