Ice Glen Trail

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Ice Glen Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stockbridge, Massachusetts that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
291 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

12 days ago

This is a beautiful rather magical trail through the woods and rock formations.

13 days ago

13 days ago

Map is incorrect- you cannot go in a loop- runs into private property off Ice Glen Rd

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1 month ago

I took my grandson here today. We both loved it. We enjoyed the rock scrambles, the icy air coming from the caves on this 90 degree day, and all the natural treasures we found along the way including coral mushrooms, a tree frog, and an elderberry borer beetle while other hikers were geocaching.

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1 month ago

Beautiful! Keep an eye out for the blue spots for markers. Wonderful scramble. Moderate because of all the rocks but not too hard just lots of scrambling. Fun with three teens and a 40-ish person :)

Bonus - tons of extra frogs just around the railroad tracks for fun. :)

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1 month ago

Ice Glen is a good hike for sure footed kids. Not a good hike if you're carrying kids. This is one of the only hikes our kids will gladly accompany us on.

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3 months ago

Love the Ice Glen trail. Very different than most hikes.

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10 months ago

Love the challenge walking with rocks with my true friend Wendy had a blast and did the tower trail too

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

I like the Ice Glen trail, but it's a little tough on our dog. We really like Laura's Tower which is accessible from the same parking lot. Today we kept going out past the tower, follow the yellow blazes, after you pass through a series of ravines you settle into a nice flat trail that takes you out to Bear Town State park, we walked out and back in about 2.5 hours. Today's weather was cool and you should get an early start, when it's hot/muggy the delta wings and mosquitos can be annoying.

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Friday, June 12, 2015

This is a family favorite. Lots of fun scrambling but fairly short. Gorgeous, too.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

I did the hike up to Laura's tower in the spring last year. I would totally come back to this one in the fall. Nice view of Kripalu/Lenox and Stockbridge area. Will have to go back to the Ice Glen b/c didn't actually go the glen but I hear it's not too far off from the trail to Laura's (maybe 5-10 min walk?)

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Monday, June 30, 2014

This is, actually, three trails maintained by the Laurel Hill Association in Stockbridge. When you park, you must cross the Housatonic River on a lovely suspension bridge with flower boxes.

The first trail I did, the Laura's Tower trail, is around a mile, uphill the whole way to the tower. It is not difficult except for the constant uphill climb. The tower has 35 steps and a nice view of the Berkshires.

Next I did the riverside trail, which is more of a walk with several benches along the way. It is well maintained and frequently used, and follows the Housatonic. There is a small loop at the far end, and then you double back. I didn't have phone service at this end of the trail. I took my 88-year-old grandmother on this trail, and she loved it. It is flat and accessible for almost anyone. It is a little over a mile out and back. There is a spot by one of the benches where you can look out over the river, or even scramble down to it, and there is a bench right near the trailhead that overlooks the river, for those who don't want to do the walking.

The third trail is the Ice Glen. This trail starts with a little uphill hiking, as it coincides with the beginning of the Laura's Tower Trail, but as soon as you turn away from the LTT, it's pretty level until you get to the glen. There is a shortcut at the beginning, if you veer right, which is steeper than the trail that coincides with the LTT trail, but meets up with the Ice Glen trail quickly. Look for the yellow diamonds attached to trees; they are marked with the Laurel Hill Association logo. The glen is characterized by boulders and rocks on which you have to climb, but it's pretty manageable. When you get into a few of the areas where you're in between a lot of big rocks, the temperature drops noticeably, which was a welcome relief. The trail isn't marked well in this area, but if you look around, you can see staircases made from the rocks, which are always the way to go. When you get to the bench with the heart, a house, and a road with more houses, it's time to turn back. I stopped here to take a picture, and a dragonfly landed on my phone. Partway back, there is a misdirection in red spray paint. It says PATH with an arrow to the right. Trusting this advice would make you fall several feet; go left instead. I liked that this hike was more about climbing around on rocks and not just a constant ascent. When I say climbing on rocks, I didn't have any equipment at all, and none was needed. There was also a little bridge at one point, and many small caves that I had no interest in disturbing, since I was hiking alone. I passed a family with a bunch of adults, a dog, and two kids- maybe 9 and 11- who were doing the Ice Glen trail and then the LTT, who seemed to be having no problems.

Bring some sort of protection against bugs, or plan to swat, shoo, slap, and swear the whole time.