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Nice steady hike up. Few mushy parts towards the top. Didn't see many other people on the trail, nice quiet hike.

good hike but a few areas were really steep

nice easy hike, do it semi-often. Did it alone in an hour and 45 up recently. halfway down heard what I can only describe as two monkeys calling to each other...

Overall moderate hike. Few steep sections on the Bellows Pipe Trail nearing the summit. Nice opening at 'The Bend' for views & rest. If you're looking for more of a steep challenge, take Thunderbolt Ski Trail up.

The summit is well-developed. You can drive it, so expect many groups & tourists. The great Memorial Monument at the summit is open daily & is a must-climb for great 360 views long distance. Very nice day trip.

There is a brewery in North Adams when you finish. Enjoy!

I did this trail this past Sunday with a friend of mine. This trail did not have a lot of traffic on it. We saw about 4 groups on the trail the whole way to the summit and back. Probably because it is not an easy trail to maneuver, definitely more for an experienced hiker. That being said it was a great adventure and well worth the hike to the summit. My only feed back is the trail is poorly marked so if you plan to follow the trail up and back like we did, bring some ribbon or something to help you mark the trail you follow.

Hiked this trail many times during my childhood and it was the perfect challenge for my 11-year-old daughter and me to hike together. On a clear summer day, the views are amazing. The lodge has a great menu too.

Steady but moderate incline trail with a few steeper sections. Rocky, but well maintained. Worth the views and the trip up the war memorial tower at the summit.

Love this trail. Hiked it on April 9th and there was still snow at the top of the trail making it even more challenging. Lots of icing in late afternoon, when snow melt starts to refreeze, so be careful. Great time... burned over 1200 calories.

Lovely trail, with a nice reward at the end at the waterfall. When starting from the Sperry Road campground it’s a short hike - relatively low energy expenditure for a high reward. Which makes it great for bringing kids as well. At the falls the trail ends but you can scramble down the rocks and explore.

When we hiked it there were no other people around - plenty of opportunity to be still and pick out all the sounds of nature around us. Lovely.

wow. be prepared for a tough one. starts off from bellows pipe with a nice steady climb, then thunder bolt is straight up. good views over your shoulder on the way up to the AT and finally the summit. Did Gould trail on the way down as a nice gentle walk in the woods.

Summited Northbound on day 5 of an AT section hike. Incredible pine and beech forests and so many wildflowers. The summit was astonishing and we were so happy to have planned to stay at Bascom Lodge to enjoy Greylock for a while.

Holy crap, Thunderbolt Trail kicked my butt. The lower sections are sort of steep but the upper 1/3 is intensely steep. I suggest bringing hiking poles, coming down is really bad on your knees with no poles (I had no poles and my knees are very sore). Today was a 10/10 hiking day 70-75F with a nice breeze. It was in the high 60’s on the top.

Amazing view , great easy hike for young families to still enjoy a great view.

nice workout! Very steep but more direct.

3 months ago

First week of May, pretty wet in spots. I thought it was a great hike. Views at the top were nice. We got to the pond and there were well over a hundred frogs there, quite something to see. The beginning is a bit lacking in views but the last stretch is fantastic between the pond, the forest (with snow in some areas still) at the top, and the view itself. Unfortunately the lodge and tower were closed, not sure if that is just because it is early or not. Overall a moderate hike that left me tired and took about 3.5 hrs.

Great hike. Still snow half way up (bring spikes and sunblock, if it's nice weather, snowglare) We were the only ones at summit. very wet, muddy but obviously doable. My first time here...best view I've seen!

Hiked solo until I made a few friends on the descend from the summit. What I REALLY love the most about this trail and hiking in general is that most of the people you meet on the trail are friendly and encouraging. I would say this is a pretty challenging trail, but that's only because there was about a foot and half of snow on the ground near the summit. Overall, the view from the summit is breath taking and well worth all the effort getting there!

I’ve done this trail in both fall and winter. The trail itself can be an ankle twister at some points (rocks, roots, and narrow), but as long as you take your time, you’ll be fine. Very doable. A walking stick or hiking poles could be helpful. In the winter, the falls were a mix of frozen daggers and gushing water (it was a 70 degree day in February). I could also see Stony Ledge from the trail, due to the lack of leaves and could see the falls from Stony Ledge when I went there later on that same afternoon (which I had never noticed before). In the fall, it was essentially a large rock face with a trickle, but a nice lunch spot and cool to explore. The trailhead is located in the campground, so you have to hike there from either another trail (Hopper Trail, Stony Ledge, etc) or park out on Rockwell Rd by the CCC Dynamite trailhead and walk in on Sperry Rd to the trailhead. A nice hike to do in conjunction with a trip out to Stony Ledge or on your way up to the summit.

I’ve been hiking this trail since I was a kid growing up in the area. I would call it moderate, not hard. Great summit hike for all ages and abilities. An average hiker will take 1.5 to 2 hrs to get to the summit, with breaks. There’s a good break spot about 2/3 of the way up at a bridge, just before you get to the AT. The last bit before the summit on the AT is the toughest, but very manageable. You’ll also see an AT shelter set next to a cute pond in this section, great picture spot. Summit views are well worth it and a great spot for lunch before heading back down. Overall, a good trail for a walk in the woods and the easiest way to achieve this summit.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

This is an extremely hard Trail to Snowshoe I'm glad I did it but I would never do it again.

Have done this trail both up.and down in both fall and winter. Winter and climbing up is most fun - in 3 steps forward 1 step is lost to slipping down. It's a short hike, but a good workout.

Use the hiking poles when getting down to avoid damaging your knees and to get a better grip/footing.

Happy Hiking.

Hiked solo. Perfect day, still ice on trail for last mile needed crampons

I took Bellows Pipe from Gould Rd. tried to hike up Thunderbolt but found it to be to difficult to get footings due to ice. I continued to take Bellows Pipe up to the summit, still very slippery but doable.. Great trip!

A lot of overlap with the snowmobile route so watch out. Even after a few inches of new snow, still dangerously icy underneath.

This hike was stunning, I hiked it a few weeks ago when there was at least 1/2 foot on the trail and gradually got thicker while climbing. Icy and cold, but I embraced it, because a "silent tundra " is waiting at the top for you, that is overwhelmingly beautiful. I Want to hike it again before spring!!

Great hike. Took the Thunderbolt Ski trail up and the bellows down. There are a couple of trees on the trail - nothing you can't scramble over. And don't leave your snowshoes in the car like I did, once you approach the summit, they will come handy. There was fresh powder, so it was a lotta fun. Beautiful weather too.

Great day hike to the highest peak in Massachusetts. Wonderful views at the top.

Got so bored that I turned around, but that's just me. I agree with the other reviews here, and if you're an enthusiastic, nature-loving adventurer like me, pick a different route.

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