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Great quick hike beautiful waterfall. There was a dusting of snow there today

We found this to be a strenuous hike. The trails were well marked but, white markers are tough to see in the snow. Parts of the Hopper Trail were a sheet of ice. I wore crampons for miles. Yesterday’s rain froze much of the trail, where it wasn’t flooded. The view from Greylock was breathtaking. We could see the wind turbines, and although I typically dislike monuments on top of mountains (Think High Point, NJ), the monument on Greylock is simply beautiful. We wished the lodge was open. There was an open composting toilet at the top of the Hopper trail. In summary, leave extra time and spikes are a must.

walking
22 days ago

Good length trail for a dog walk but be aware the back side is wet and muddy in December and your dog will be caked in it. Perfect summer trail

perfect, quick winter day hike.
a little icy at top along red trail

Absolutely love this place! I got in a great workout, went on and off the trails and it was gorgeous! I’ll definitely be back. New hikers prob should have a map, we went pretty far off and the cell service was not accessible with Verizon lol. This is a great for mountain bikers and plan to hit up those trail, caution to new mountain bikers it’s moderately to hard in some areas. Overall my favorite place so far locally. I loved that the trails were wet ,it had just rained yesterday but geared up rite I loved it. Great for a good workout I was out for about 3 hours non stop exploring there are some hidden gem areas.

I may have chosen the wrong day to explore this trail - it was snowing so it was difficult to find the trail markers. That said, it is a fun trail covering rock ridges and bonzai conifers to wonderful brooks, deep forest and a lovely (albeit private) lake. This is a good trail for folks learning orienteering. I was deeply appreciative of the guidance provided by a previous hiker - I would have been really lost (in the snow) without his hints to stay to the right of the brook!

walking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate well marked mostly smooth trails.

hiking
2 months ago

I used to love this trail. The last time I was here to come to relax, I left the opposite of relaxed and was very unhappy. While on the trail, two different people allowed their large dogs to bolt at me, jump on me, and growl at me while their owners shouted “sorry” and practically crawled to my rescue. It was also a muddy day so needless to say, when the dogs jumped on me I had mud all over my clothes. Both times, I expressed that this wasn’t ok and to please leash the dogs, while the owners didn’t say anything to me and kept walking with their dogs unleashed. The first time this happened on my way towards the golf course, I was annoyed but thought it was a fluke since I hadn’t had this issue before. The second time this happened on the same hike and a different person I was thinking “Again? You’ve got to be kidding me.” I’m an animal lover, but this really isn’t ok. I can also see this as a huge problem for folks coming who have small children or a phobia of dogs... or who simply don’t want to have a dog charge and jump on them? Dog people - please leash your dogs here. It’s really not fair to the other hikers who are just trying to enjoy their hike.

Super scenic! Easy reverse hike (downhill first). Pretty sure it’s only 1 mile total.

Great views in all directions, not too hard, fun to climb over rocks near the top.

My husband and I did this trail on a beautiful, late autumn day with most of the leaves on the ground. It was extremely beautiful BUT slippery because of the leaves on the ground. Thick layers of leaves reduced traction (we had good hiking boots) and made footings sometimes dangerously slippery in sharp declines/inclines. The leaves filled in crevices so they made it hard to see if you were putting your foot down into a hole. The vistas as you climbed upwards were spectacular. We would consider this hike as offering a superior cardiovascular and gluteal workout. It is rated as a HARD hike and we would agree that this is true for most hikers. The trail was generally well marked, but the paint has become camouflaged on some trees. We would do this hike again BUT not in November when the leaves are making it somewhat treacherous.

If your looking for a workout look no further. Started at Holyoke range state park and trekked to mt. Holyoke in Skinner state park across Seven sisters ect. Did hike early Nov. found the trail to be quiet and challenging with leaves and wet terrain. I loved it. I’m a hiker who likes to make good time. My poles were a true asset. Took me 5 hrs for the 11.5. Trails are marked well. Views are mediocre to be honest. But the challenge is worth it.

Super steeply graded, miserable going up and treacherous going down with steep drop offs, fell multiple times. Don’t attempt when wet or after rain.

Wanted to check out the rail trail so parked in the usual spot and rain thru the soggy NTF to get to the Bay Colony Rail Trail. Took a right and headed down to the TOR Charles River Peninsula and took a walk out there as it was nice and sunny. Came back then went to the end of the line at the train trestle. Dover doesn't want a rail trail in their town so that's that. Came back same way but cut into the NTF at the boyscout camp. This is a great town forest, check it out.

Excellent Sunday hiking with no crowds.

Very satisfying hike, though a bit crowded. Beautiful views at top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Nice tails and beautiful scenery! Amazing views from carpenters rock. Went off trail with some friends to do a little rock climbing. Will definitely be going back again!

Pretty straight forward, crowded however in summer with a lot of of bathers in the falls! Fun for kids.

This trail starts at the Ponkapoag Golf Course. I liked the trail (green dot). It was mostly flat with a couple of little hills. It was very pretty and there is a spot to get close to the pond. It was exactly what I was looking for that day. Some of the signage could have been a bit better or there could have been more of it. I used AllTrails map with the GPS so I could mark our progress. I would take a picture of the display map in parking lot so you can match numbers at crossroads. Also, look for the green dots along the way to mark your route.

Nice hike! Parking lot indicated works well. Leaves just fell on trail so it was a little tricky in spots, but overall pretty well blazed. Pine woods in the first mile is really nice as is the pond!

Fall trails conditions as in any NE area. Mixed wet day yesterday in area, planned a weather break day amidst the Berkshires & had one. As a first time, chose the Blue Indian Monument Inscription Trail. An old wagon trail ending proximate to the Red Summit Squaw Trail. An easy south shoulder to summit climb, gradual ascent. The Red & Yellow Hickey Trails meet at the Monument. The red then used scrape & ledge & rocks (some as steps) to Squaw Mountain, clearly blazed. Children & newbies should be watched - the cliffs are real, a 900 foot drop. My altimeter read 1615-1640 height. A couple of “Pulpit” rock formations adjoin the cliff face here, one the Devil’s Pulpit. The trustees allow no rock climbing here. Descent can be had by the Squaw Trail Red .5 mile which intersects the 1.6 mile Blue Monument trail up or down. The .8 mile Hickey Yellow Trail is correctly styled strenuous. In fall, leaves conceal rocks & pits. Yellow blazes are adequate. Taken downhill the trail is 2/3 sharp incline & rocky. Very attentive. Two bridges & views of the lower cliff rockfalls & some flatter slopes appeal. All (the Red via the blue north or south, the Yellow at the Monument) commence & end at the picnic & parking area. If time, a ride back via State 183 to the West show a rich valley romantic view of the massif along the Housatonic River. The northern water from Squaw Mountain is Agawam Brook Pond. The trail condition is good. Weather turns a risk at the summit. Pay to park or donation encouraged with solar powered ATM/Debit/Credit machines.

Great for beginners

Park in the AT/Jacobs Ladder lot on Route 8 & 20, then use the blue connector trail to avoid walking along the road to the AT. Beautiful rolling trail through the woods, fairly easy grades. LOTS of mud currently (mid-Oct). It was a wet day with low cloud; views of the lake were only available once we were right on top of it.

I’m a noob to the AT, but this was the most difficult hike I’ve ever done! If this is “easy” I don’t want to know what a more challenging hike is like. It was beautiful - but tough.

A great hike not too strenuous. Unfortunately, Greylock was socked in so we didn’t get to enjoy the views.

Always a great hike, in any season except in deep snow. Fab views from the top. Approx 1.5 hours to complete the loop. Dog friendly. Can be crowded on the weekends. Devil’s Pulpit is a short diversion near the top which affords less crowded views.

It was a nice trek while camping in copake falls

Nice hike! I only did about half of this trek (4 miles total), had two nice views with large rocks to sit on. Took my dog and she liked it as well, there were a few cold streams for her to lay in. Only saw one other couple with a dog, surprised because it was such a nice day. Lots of rocks and ruts so need to be aware of your footing, but I didn't find this hike too difficult. I know it is classified as hard but I think that is a stretch.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice walk. Be careful if you plan on parking near randolph street as that parking lot is very rocky and bumpy - seen signs of people scratching their oil pan!

The boardwalk is arguably the best part, the marshland is beautiful!

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