Shaker Mountain

MODERATE 3 reviews

Shaker Mountain is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pittsfield, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

historic site

Shaker Mountain, 1,835 feet (559 m), is a prominent peak in the Taconic Mountains of western Massachusetts. The mountain is located in Pittsfield State Forest and is named after the nearby Hancock Shaker Village, a former Shaker religious colony and now a historic site. The summit is wooded and is traversed by the 5 mi (8.0 km) Shaker Trail, a loop trail that begins at the historic site. The mountain is wooded with northern hardwood tree species. Wonderful ruins and stone walls to view. Very peaceful location and the trails are not blazed but clearly marked. This hike is moderate to strenuous bring your hiking boots and walking stick.

hiking
8 days ago

Terrific, moderate difficulty hike with some historical landmarks along the way. From the paved lot across from the Shaker Village, this trail passes a lake and then winds along a gorgeous mountain brook featuring the ruins of several 1800s Shaker domiciles and industrial features. The first ascent is fairly easy, but there are a couple downed trees to scramble over. Coming down the rear side of the first peak is steep with some damp & slick patches. I spotted some great wildlife along here, including deer, blue jays, and even an owl. It's not hard to follow the trail as long as you follow the triangular green blazes, which point the directions to follow at trail crossings. There are a few stretches where the blazes are not prominent, and it's easy to wonder if you've gone off trail -- I wouldn't want to do this walk in the wintertime where the trail itself might be obscured. Although there is never a standout view of the surrounding scenery, the Shaker ruins and the accompanying trail-signs are very interesting. My main reason for giving a 3/5 rating is that the trail is only sporadically well-maintained, and that ATV use has created muddy ruts along much of the back half of the walk. If some trees could be cleared and more blazes put up, this would be a definite 4 star hike. Still, it's a great long walk in the woods with wonderful Shaker ruins and plenty of solitude.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike with decent elevation and terrain changes. No big "ta-da" at the end but a good walk in heavy canopied woods. There are off-road vehicle trails that intersect and at times used in this loop. Park on paved pull off across from Shaker Village (800 ft. west of the Village). Trail starts behind gate. You will get to a bridge that crosses the water on right. Stay to right and take the Shaker Mountain Loop (it says 2.4 miles but this loop is twice that long). Once passing the summit near the radio tower at the top, you will see markers with green arrows (white dot). Don't take the CCC or Shaker Brook Trail - up mountain again until you reach Holy Mountain. Trail then leads back to Rt. 20.