Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Adams with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Uphill climb wet in various places relatively uneventful. Took Gould down, which was more interesting and reconnected to Cheshire through a spur trail which crossed the ravine. That was a good challenge!

Took Anna’s parking advice; good call.
Up the Thunderbolt, steep in places but got to the top in just over an hour.
Tea in the lodge which was a bit disappointing. Place was stark and uninviting. Could have done with the fire lighting.
Down on the Bellows Pipe which wasn’t as steep and easier on the knees.

Did this as part of the 51st Ramble. Difficulty is moderate and can be SUPER greasy. Wear good shoes.

Moderate difficulty, a little muddy. My friend and I — in decent shape but not aggressive or frequent hikers — enjoyed this as a half-day hike. With the days shorter and other activities nearby, this was a good way to get to the summit in good time. The little alpine-like lake almost at the top was a neat feature! *the pond was made by the CCC, but it’s still cool

Such a boring trail, I highly recommend taking a different one

The trail is listed as difficult it was actually moderate. My boyfriend and I was pleasantly surprised of the well marked and well kept trails. The summit was amazing. We are heading there again with a group of 20 hikers ( Ages 5-60) for fall foliage hike.

great hike. clearly marked. paths well maintained. great day hike. summit was awesome

Just finished this hike, a tad over 3 miles up and I finished in less than 1 hour 40 minutes. I’m not in the best shape but if this is a “moderate” hike, I would hate to do a hard one. Trail was only confusing at maybe one spot. I couldn’t get close enough to the sign to read it. I saw one group of about 10-15 on their way down. Passed by the leanto that Im assuming AT thru-hikers frequently use. Over all it was a good hike, very challenging, I decided to use the cheshire harbor and pecks falls trail on the way down to get back to my vehicle.

moderate hike with numerous trails to summit. Great in winter. Try thunderbolt for a bit more challenge. Snowshoe or ski the very first ski trail in the NE.

I hiked this trail Thursday with my dog. FYI - Thiel Road is closed now. There is a parking area at the corner of Gould and Thiel with a sign that says "To Thunderbolt and Bellows Pipe Trails" I was finally able to get to the Thunderbolt trail, but you have to walk through some really wet areas and through a small park to get there. There's a lot of forks and it's confusing to find.

I highly recommend parking at the very end of Gould Road in the lot right before the No Trespassing signs. Start at the Bellows Pipe South Trail (the sign says in small letters that it goes to the Thunderbolt Trail). You will have to pass by here anyway if you park where I mention above - save yourself some time and aggravation and just park here. You will see where it does finally split to go to the Bucket Trail then to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail. It's very steep as other's have said, but definitely do able. The memorial park at the top has beautiful views.

Hiked it with my 2 year old, took a few hours but she hiked most of it!!!

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.

5 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!

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