Mt. Wilcox and Beartown Mountain Trail Loop

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Beartown State Forest

Mt. Wilcox and Beartown Mountain Trail Loop is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Great Barrington, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,082 feet Route Type: Loop

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From the NE part of the parking lot take the loop trail that connects to the Appalachian Trail. Take the AT in the N direction (white blazed trail). Continuing on the AT, just before crossing a brook bridge, there will be a small side trail (short walk) that will take you to a beaver pond. After the power line, take the wood road that travels to the west (leaving the AT). Turn north (right) at the Ski and Bridle Trail (red triangles). Upon reaching Mount Wilcox Rd turn left, and walk downhill for 1/2 mi. Return via the Turkey trail and a CCC wood rd. On the right hand side of the wood rd you can enjoy the Pond. Reach your car via the northern portion of the loop trail.

4 days ago

There are no outstanding views on this hike, but it has pleasant, understated scenery and is peaceful and uncrowded.

10 days ago

14 days ago

I entered the forest from the Lee side, and there were no signs indicating you were in a State park until Benedict Pond, on the complete opposite side. Was kind of disappointed as I was planning on using a trail head or finding a map, which wasn't even available at the entrance sign I did find. (There was a sign for "trail maps" but it was empty.) I had no service, so it was a guessing game as to where any of trails were.

off trail
over grown
1 month ago

1 month ago

Took the loop counter clockwise, the last couple miles were fairly muddy but the trail was otherwise in good shape, though clearly very lightly treaded over winter.

8 months ago

Hiked this on an almost perfect day. Blue sky, limited clouds, 75, somewhat humid was the only downside. The trees in sections of this forest are beautiful with great canopy and limited undergrowth. Many sections were quite dark despite it being broad daylight. The rises and drops were very mild. Not much in the way of vistas or really even flowing water. Some wetlands so bugs can get rough in those ares. I didn't start or end at the campground so used the southern part of the wildcat trail to cut the corner back over to the Beartown Road where I parked.

9 months ago

Lovely hike up the Mt. Wilcox side - ups and downs through beautiful forest and nothing too steep. Mt. Wilcox hikes across road a few times and have to hike up road to link to path. Where to start hike was confusing but found signs for Mt. Wilcox off the Pond Loop hike. At end of Mt. Wilcox however was a bit confused on how to connect to Mt. Beartown to do the loop down. Again have to hike down the road a bit and then link in. If I did it again I’d hike back Mt. Wilcox because although there are beautiful sections the last 1/3 was not marked well and overgrown-much less hiked and I can see why!

over grown
10 months ago

Tue Aug 08 2017

Lovely walking, although parts of the trail aren't kept up well, but the view from the "look out point" is excellent. About two miles near the end of the trail is on a road, which was a nice respite from the brush and bugs.

Sat Jun 04 2016

following this app, you only get 1 really nice view (the Ledges on the A.T. section), after that, it's pretty much a typical trail. because this trail is made up of a mix of trails in the area, there are a lot of shared access (dirt bikes, atv's) power line "trails" that are not groomed well, and some roads. I enjoyed myself, but can't say that this particular route was inspiring. I would, however, use this route for trail run training, there are a good amount of ups and downs, but it's mostly level. few roots and rocks, but not too much to suffer!

Tue Feb 16 2016

Hiked from parking lot, around the lake and up to the Lookout Point. Lovely view of Western Berkshires all the way to the Catskills. FYI, trail was quite slippery with fallen leaves.

The AT through here is not well marked heading South after crossing the Bear Mountain Road. The blazes are faded and few. There isn't a phone signal until near the top of the mountain. Beautiful land and surroundings. Very, very wooded.

Tue Sep 09 2014

Beartown was great. We only took a short hike on the Lookout Trail. It was a cool vista at the end. I posted a video of my stay there the hike is included. We stayed at site 8.

Tue Oct 01 2013

Only really got a chance to check out the Pond Loop Trail and a small part of the AT, but it was a great walk. I can't wait to come back and explore more.

Sun May 20 2012

Hiked the Bridle, MTN, Bike Trail (9.2 miles) starting & ending at Lake Benedict. LOVED IT!!!!!!! The last 1.5 miles are overgrown and need new trail markings, a bit easy to briefly get lost.

Tue Jan 17 2012

Good walk around Benedict Pond, with enjoyable spots to sit and view birds and nature.

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