The Hopper Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Williamstown, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

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nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Hopper Trail begins on Hopper Rd. in Williamstown, MA and climbs gradually and at times very steeply through old forest growth to Sperry Rd and then up to the Mt. Greylock Summit The Hopper Trail is approximately 2.4m from Hopper Rd trailhead to Sperry Road and then an additional 1.7m to the Summit. You will need to walk a short distance along Sperry Road to transition from the lower Hopper to the upper Hopper that takes you to the summit.

1 month ago

many, if even existing, waterbars poorly maintained. with heavy rain the day before the trail was more of a river than trail. enjoyable otherwise.

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2 months ago

Definitely one of my top three hikes so far. There are a few things that need clarification. The trail description says that it's a 4.8 loop and further down it says that it's 2.4 miles to the Sperry Rd campgrounds and another 1.7 to the summit. My math puts that at 4.1 miles just to the summit and 8.2 miles total as an out and back. My legs and the rest of my body concurs. We clocked in at just around 10 miles total for both sections of the Hopper Trail.

As the description states, there are two sections of the trail, but it's a little confusing. The trail takes you to Sperry Rd where it seemingly ends. Here you can find several hike-in campsites, composting privies, an unmanned ranger station, and water spigots. Going left at the trail junction and following Sperry Rd a short distance will bring you to the upper Hopper Trail on the left. Taking a right on Sperry Rd leads you past the bathrooms and on to Stony Ledge overlook with scenic views.

The upper section of Hopper Trail takes you across sections of the auto road and links up with the Overlook trail and the Appalachian trail where the blazes change from blue to white. The trail leads past a beautiful pond with an outbuilding, then a short distance to the summit where the views are spectacular. The war memorial has an observation tower with 360 degree views of the area. Bascom Lodge has restrooms, a small gift shop, a restaurant and accommodations. We retraced our steps back down to the Hopper Rd trailhead.

To reiterate, Hopper Trail has two sections, it doesn't end at Sperry Rd, and it is close to a 9 mile out and back trail, not a 4.8 mile loop.

Signage is good. Trails are well marked. I recommend printing out a map to bring along. There were no maps at the kiosks and cell reception was good, but spotty at times.

The scenery was beautiful. We had the trail mostly to ourselves until the upper Hopper portion. I recommend walking approximately 1000 yards onto the Haley Farm trail at either the beginning or end of your hike to see the "Hopper" (the nickname for the valley). While on the trail you really don't see or realize the valley in which you're hiking along.

We had around 3400' in elevation gain, and I personally rate it as hard. Overall, it took us around 5 1/2 hours to hike it.

Definitely worth the drive from wherever you are to hike Massachusetts' highest peak.

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3 months ago

Nice trail to take from the walk in campsites. Easy to hike and some cool scenery a long the way, but some sections are close to the road with some confusing signage occasionally. The observation tower is nice at the top, but the peak is going to pretty much always be crowded. Always nice to have ice cream or lunch at the top though :)

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3 months ago

Nice incline, but be aware that this does not lead all the way to the summit—that’s another few miles after the end of this trail.

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5 months ago

Started at Hailey’s farm and got to the summit in about 2 hours on hopper. Had my dog with me and he had no issues, even with it being the first hike of the year with that incline. Top was extremely foggy and couldn’t see the top of the monument when standing directly below it. Still a great morning hike. Over look trail, through the campground and down on Hailey’s trail keeps you from tracing the same path down.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

nice view from summit, trail was enjoyable, not difficult

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun winter hike! nice steady incline and had the chance to hike portions of the Appalachian Trail. Keep an eye out for snowmobiles while hiking. View at the top is alright but not great.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beautiful trail...started out on a 1830's carriage trail from the Trail Head. Took my wife and I about 5 hours to do.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

I love this trail and agree that it is well maintained and marked. Be advised though it is steep and unrelenting in one particular section. In my book this is a work-out-hike to the summit. I believe it took us 6 hours round trip including stops and lunch at the top and registered as a 11 mile hike.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

This trail is very well maintained. It was clear and well-marked.

The trail wasn't too steep or rocky. The views from the top are nice, though not as breathtaking as a lot of other mountains I've hiked.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Just did the Lower Hopper as part of a large loop. Got to the trailhead around 5pm and on the descent it felt dark and secluded. The sun peeked through the branches above. It made for a great hike. This trail provides an excellent opportunity to grasp the height of the Greylock range. In the beginning it was very steep but became more gradual about halfway down the lower hopper. If ascending this route it may present challenges due to the steepness but I prefer this trail to the Haley Farm Trail.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I have not ascended to summit via the Hopper, however I have done this trail twice on the descent from the Summit as part of the Jones Nose to Summit suggested hike from the Mt. Greylock website. The trail is relatively moderate, wide, rocky and gradual. To access the Hopper you can come in from Sperry Road to ascend or if you are descending from summit follow the AT South past the pond (0.7m) to the connector to the Hopper (on your right). There are no spectacular views on this trail, just forest.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Started the hike at the campground trailhead at 1.1 miles, trail crosses Sperry Rd. (dirt rd, closed to vehicle traffic) This is where the Hopper trail starts, 1.75 milesto the summit of Mt. Greylock. The trail is well marked with a blue blaze and well maintained and clear. At .75 miles, you come to the junction of the Overlook Trail (not worth taking in my opinion), stay right and continue on the hopper trail another 1/3 mile where it hooks up with the AT trail to the summit of MT. Greylock. Hopper trail is only moderately steep and the summit can be reached without a lot of effort. From the summit, return the same route. For a nice side trip, follow Sperry Rd. about 1.5 miles (easy walk/hike through the state run campground) to the end. There you will find Stony Ledge with fantastic views of the Hopper & summit of Mt. Greylock

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