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

This is a really nice hike, that can possess muddy and wet areas after some rains. I rate the beginning section more on a moderate than easy, simply because of the steepness. It’s not a ridiculous haul, just an area that gives me a slower going - wouldn’t be as bad if in better shape. There are some small streams, lots of fungi, and plenty of friendly hikers along the trail. The trail is well marked and maintained.

The shelter area is worth the trip. If you traverse the trail during the busy season there will be folks hanging out at the shelter, some resting up while thru hiking. There are two docks, and a canoe down by the water - that possesses a wonderful view. While the body of water is listed as a pond, the size says more lake

While the hike description lists it as 3.4 miles up and back, from the Lee parking area to the shelter is 4.5 miles - worth the extra mile, in my view.

This is NOT an easy trail- whoever wrote that was delirious. We tried this trail for the first time, made it through the first swamp action, very tricky, lots of rotted planks, deep mud, and nothing to hang on to! Took the Knob loop, pretty steep and rugged and decided to head back without completing the entire loop. Another day perhaps with better footwear, water and time. The dog had fun though!

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1 month ago

Very nice hike with beautiful pond, loved meeting travelers on the AT!!

Don't go when the bugs are bad! Got chased right out by biting flies! Regardless, I had a ton of fun running the whole thing. Planks, roots, marsh. Cool place.

Overgrown trails, with a good portion running through a swamp. Mossy overgrowth on rocks made for a tricky traverse through some very muddy sections. Came across some day old bear scat as I came upon the swampy marsh section.

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Just off the AT, did not find it to be quite a loop, and loop requires walking on main road. Definitely off the beaten path. Short walk to small lake/pond w view, however no easy water entry point.

The trail is an easy walk. It goes around the lake but not many access points to the lake. The area that is easy to access is for the water supply and it's a no trespassing area.

Great trail. We hiked this trail as a day hike and found it to be a little more than just moderate. A lot of boulders to climb over at a few points but loved the challenge. There is also a hostel near this trail about a half mile in from I90 to the right if you are going south. Also has a dock to jump in the clean water of Goose Pond. Enjoy!

Monday, January 09, 2017

This trail is only available to the public October - April, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Pass required from the YMCA administrative building prior to use.

Great trail this place is great never knew about it until this summer. Easy to do some of the wooden planks are rotten or broken.Very scenic

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

did the AT from Washington mountain north 10.xx miles to Dalton, Ma
The trail in this section is extremely easy with very little elevation changes. One viewing point around midway where you can see the Pittsfield State Forest and Mt. Greylock.
Still, a nice walk through beautiful country.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

There's no "Washington Mountain Meadow" trail at October Mountain SF; I'm guessing whoever created this entry meant the Washington Mountain Marsh Trail's inner Interpretive Trail loop, which is officially 1.9 miles. We hiked the Washington Mountain Marsh Trail itself (2.7 miles) as part of a roughly 8 mile track loop, starting from the campground (Ledge Loop Trail->Boulder Trail->Washington Mountain Rd->County Rd->West Branch Rd->Washington Mountain Marsh Trail->West Branch Rd->Navin Trail->Boulder Trail->Ledge Loop Trail). The environs here are gorgeous, but October Mountain SF is not for novice hikers--many of the trails were in poor condition, whether from heavy erosion due to seasonal runoff (Navin Trail) or heavy flooding due to beaver activity (Washington Mountain Marsh Trail). They were also very buggy in stretches. But if you can hack all that--don't miss this place! Hiking along the flooded edge of a beaver dam while its builders darted back and forth just a few feet away, slapping their tails anxiously on the water, was a thrill well worth getting a bit wet and muddy for. We also saw numerous species of birds, especially warblers, and a slew of crimson-orange juvenile Eastern newts making their way overland in search of new ponds. Be sure to allow extra time for your hike due to the poor trail conditions--we usually make about 3 miles an hour, but only managed 2 here. You could probably put together a pretty good hike for less effort by driving to one of the parking lots in the interior (if the access roads are open; call ahead to check) and walking the roads instead--they're unpaved and virtually devoid of traffic. Official trail map here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/october-summer.pdf. Official trail mileage counts here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/parks/trails/octmtrailmiles.pdf.

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