Shaker Mountain Loop via Shaker Trail

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Shaker Mountain Loop via Shaker Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pittsfield, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,085 feet Route Type: Loop

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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 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.

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1 month ago

A walk in the woods. Pleasant and very lightly trafficked but with no views, rocks, or any other memorable sites. Monotonous and unexciting.

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1 month ago

Great prepped track all around. Not a ton of views but we really appreciated the signs pointing out the historical sites of the Shakers in the area

muddy
2 months ago

I was a bit disappointed to find the lake (more like a pond) and waterfall were not even a mile into the hike. We continued in and completed the loop to find there were no good views of from the top of the peak. Definitely would be more worth it if you at least got a nice view up there. It was a beautiful hike just disappointed with the fact that the most interesting parts were seen before you even really started the hike.

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3 months ago

A great trail to hike if you have a few hours (took 3hr 5mn including a few stops along the way to snap some photos). The summits offer a glimpse of the area from certain vantage points and the rock walls follow almost the entire trail. There’s a lot of history to the area and the stone walls so far out in nowhere make it reminiscent of old fantasy books and movies. Definitely recommend this trail.

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4 months ago

I have not hiked this trail with snow on the ground before. The usual trail to the top has not been used and I could not find it due to snow cover. There is a snow mobile trail that can be followed to the power line cut that goes to the top and is also used by snow mobiles. I went half way up before turning back retracing my steps.

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8 months ago

Casually maintained but pretty (and quiet). Don’t go after heavy rains- mud problematic

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9 months ago

Very pretty but muddy and not well-marked.

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11 months ago

Good hike thru deciduous forest (lots of oak acorns underfoot) on a hot summer day. We hiked the loop counterclockwise, walking along the Shaker road past Shaker Reservoir to the junction with the Shaker Mountain Trail. Ascent was moderately steep with good footing. Some artifacts (bridge construction, stone walls, clearings) are visible from the trail. Signage for aqua trail is pretty good, and there are even posts with trail names at many junctions. Descent and ascent to Mount Holy is unremarkable and relatively easy. Again, no views from summit of Mount Holy, but a quick sidetrack on the summit will take you to a handsome stone wall. Descent along Shaker Brook is quick but somewhat rutted by ATV use. Good trail to stay out of the sun and the bugs were almost non-existent on our hike.

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Friday, May 04, 2018

5/3/18. Still a little muddy in places but a very nice hike.

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Monday, December 04, 2017

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.

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Friday, September 08, 2017

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.

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