Ice Glen Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Ice Glen Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

1 month ago

Very rocky and beautiful

3 months ago

Beautiful! great hike up to the tower. Great bridge over the little river.
Just lovely. Thanks to all who maintain the trail!

walking
3 months ago

I took my 4 and 6 year old to Laura's Tower and the Ice Glen and they HAD A BLAST! It was definitely at the upper level of their ability (the vertical assent to the tower and the scramble to the glen took a lot out of them) but they said it was the best hike of their time in the Berkshires.

3 months ago

Magical trail with nice light rock scramble towards the end. Short, and ends a bit abruptly in someone's backyard.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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. :)

hiking
5 months 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.

7 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, June 12, 2015

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

hiking
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?)

hiking
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.

walking
Sunday, November 10, 2013

This is a very easy walk. The trail is well maintained and is wheelchair accessible for the most part along the river.

hiking
Thursday, February 28, 2013

A little tougher in snow and ice conditions, but a very level and tranquil walk. Plenty of benches and wildlife. Wonderful historic suspension bridge at trailhead.

hiking
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Took the kids with us on the trail. The youngest are 4 and 5 they had a blast. Trails here are manageable for them. The scenery is really impressive and the trails a very well maintained

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Easy trail and absolutely beautiful. If you go here in the warm season the moss on the rocks is INCREDIBLE. It makes you feel like you are in a different world. Plenty of neat "caves" from the giant boulders to explore and climb up, and safe for dogs for the most part, just pay attention. If your dog is not much of an adventure dog, you should probably be picky about the route you take, it can get slippery here at times, and a 5-6-10 foot fall wouldnt be fun with a canine companion.

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fantastic quick hike with stunning geologic views.

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