Mount Prospect Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Williamstown, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.
Mt. Prospect Trail is located within the Mt. Greylock State Reservation and offers two scenic vistas overlooking Williamstown, MA. From Money Brook Trail: Beautiful, easy walk along Money Brook approximately 1.9mi then rocky uphill to Mt. Prospect Trail where the terrain becomes rocky, steep and strenuous. Approximately 1mi to first vista and an additional mile to second vista. From the Appalachian Trail: Flat then gradual climb approx. 0.5mi to first scenic vista with relatively unobstructed terrain. Follow the Mt. Prospect Trail approximately 1.0mi to the second vista.
Accessed this trail via the Money Brook Trail as part of a large loop I had planned for that day's hike. It was rated as aggressive on the Greylock website but it was more aggressive than I had planned or thought it would be. The beginning is moderate and deceiving as the climb grows steeper and steeper and is very rocky. After we passed the first vista around mile 1 the trail began to level out before reaching the second vista at the junction with the Appalachian Trail. The first vista was obstructed. The second offered great views. Wouldn't do it again via Money Brook though.