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Saddle Ball Mountain via Appalachian Trail

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Mount Greylock State Reservation

Saddle Ball Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cheshire, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,683 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the Mt Greylock Reservation without actually following the crowds that go around the Greylock summit. The trail starts easy, going downhill on easy trails. Upon reaching the Cheshire Harbor trail, the trail gets a bit rough, and gains some elevation quickly. To return, you will use a nice portion of the Appalachian Trail. From Saddle Ball Mountain you can see beautiful views of Mt. Greylock, and just south of the mountaintop you will find another vista spot that will allow you to see upstate New York. There is plenty of opportunities to enjoy the flora and fauna of Massachusetts. Almost all of the microclimates are represented. Plenty of varieties of trees. And at the end of the hike, on the Jones Nose trail you can enjoy bird watching on a lightly wooded area (mostly a plain with beautiful wildflowers and scattered trees).

Mass Dept. Conservation and Recreation: +1-413-499-4262 +1-413-499-4263

From US 7, 3.2 miles north of the Pittsfield line, turn onto North Main Street (on the east side of US 7). Follow North Main Street 0.7 mile and turn right into Quarry Road. 0.4 miles later fork left onto Rockwell Road. 3.8 miles later you should find the trail head parking for the Jones Nose trail on the right. Park there, but take the Old Adams Road to start the hike (The east-most trailhead. It is closed with a gate to prevent vehicle traffic but allows foot traffic).

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Austin Ryan
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Hiking

The trail actually took us around Saddle Ball Mt and then we reached the Appalachian Trail/Cheshire Harbor Jct. After summiting Greylock we took the Appalachian Trail South pretty much all the way back. If you are interested in AT hiking then this is a good little taste of what it’s like — up and down the ridges with no end insight haha!

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Ryan Knapp
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Hiking

The AT part of the trail is great the rest of the hike is on an ATV/dirt bike road and is muddy and uninteresting, not really a hiking trail.

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Matthew Preste
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HikingSnow

Nice moderate trail. Not much traffic and only saw two other hikers throughout the whole trail on a Sunday. Definitely worth it to add Mount Greylock to the loop as it’s only an extra 1.5 miles since you don’t really get a summit view from this mountain. I used micro spikes at the top but the trail is doable without. Rockwell Road was closed (which I did not know) so I walked this road from the visitor center adding 8 more miles.

Matt Gauthier
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Wasnt a bad trail. was foggy so views were bad. otherwise would have a bad view. summit was marked by cairn, with some decent outlooks along the way.

Chris R.
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Hiking

*July 3, 2016* I hiked this trail back in July 3 along with Mt Greylock from the Jones Nose trailhead. The only way that you know that you're at the summit is by carins that are placed there. The hike along the AT was pretty much flat with a few little ups and downs.

David Sullivan
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Hiking

Saddle Ball is a heavy moderate trail. I did it with some avid hikers that kept me moving at a quick pace. Has a long steep uphill near the beginning, a few steep up and down hill sections afterword with a few rock scrambling sections, and some plank covered paths through the marsh's. Has a nice view out at Jimeny Peak, but other than that, nothing else to tremendous. We went when the raspberries were ripening, so we had some nice fresh fruit along the path. Other than that, not a wasted afternoon, but a lot of effort with only a little pay-off.

Maria Wishart
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Came up Saddle Ball via the Jones Nose trail. Difficult in parts due to it being steep and rocky. About 3/4 mi in to the left off Jones Nose is a nice scenic vista with great views that overlooks Jiminy Peak. On a clear day the views are spectacular. The summit however, is quite anticlimatic. Coming over on the Jones Nose Trail to connect to the AT, you don't even realize when you hit the top.