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Jamie Meyers
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Nature trips

A very nice walk. The trail is very well-defined, wide and even though there’s a good elevation change, it’s not really that steep in most places. As others have noted, the jog that goes up to the viewpoint is pretty much at the cairn that is on the side of the trail. The view from up top is quite nice. I pretty much had the place to myself as I was walking up, but as I was walking down I encountered a couple of larger groups of people going up.

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George S.
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HikingBugs

I’ve done this trail twice in two weeks. The first time, I followed the directions. It was great, a nice blend of water, woods, and views. Today, I extended the hike, going further north on the AT to a beaver pond approximately an hour from the ledges view. I recommend it for those who want more of a workout. Lots of downs and ups. Beautiful woodlands and a lovely secluded pond at the end. I would have stayed longer if it weren’t for the fresh bear tracks.

Emily Boardman
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

I didn’t believe the reviews on how hard this trail was... I really should have. I went to Mt Everett and Mt Race then turned around (about 20k in total over 7ish hrs, 6.5 moving). Maybe it was the heat and humidity but my pace was far slower than normal on a trail this length with this elevation. Lots of rocks to scramble on - I recommend trail runners or boots for extra grip. This trail starts with a dirt incline - this type of incline is common along this trail (often times with rocks involved too), so I recommend basing how far you go on how you manage that initial hill.

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Anne Arent
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Hiking

This was a nice trail on the easier side of moderate. We had a great time picking raspberries along the way. Trail wasn’t crowded at all, and easy to follow.

Brian Smith
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Hiking

Excellent views from the ledges. Refreshing lake swim afterwards. Not very muddy. Terrific trails that had little wood foot bridges over wet areas. No lifeguards at the very little beach area. Not very buggy at all. Birdy.

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Carol Colena
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Peaceful, beautiful, no crowd whatsoever, tons of raspberries for picking in the open meadow area.

Jessica Hoy
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HikingBugsOver grown

Couldn’t find a peak despite staying on the trail map. Trail isn’t marked. Tons of bugs. Very overgrown.

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Karyn Dornemann
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grown

This hike is to the summit of Monument Mountain, not directly to Squaw Peak (which is where the main overlook people call "Monument Mountain"). From the Housatonic side you'll climb an old logging road that borders a lovely deep ravine, which in wet weather will be filled with more noise and waterfalls. The trail in the dry season is much less buggy than in wetter season. About a half mile in, bear right to continue on to this trail, (the left fork will take you to Flag Rock, a nice view too). At the top of the ravine the trail turns more east and levels out. There's a junction with a big birch log blocking the right hand fork. Stay left to climb the vague trail up toward the actual "summit" of Monument. You'll have to bushwhack a bit up there, so a compass is nice to have. There are a lot of ferns so it's easy to get disoriented at the top. Return by backtracking. (Note - The right hand fork at the birch log leads over toward a junction with the Squaw Peak trails for the overlook, so get the map of that area as well if you plan to go there afterwards, or instead) Note again - This trail is not marked or maintained on this western flank of Monument.

George S.
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Hiking

i really enjoyed this trail. Wooded for 90% but pristine. The cleared area at the top is spectacular. A grassy glade with Mountain View’s to Greylock. I laughed out loud it was so beautiful and felt so remote. Going back soon to tag on the Mother’s Trail for a longer hike.

Mike -
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Hiking

Great spot - The AT to the Ledges wasn't too challenging, rewarded w/a nice view, & then back down for a nice stroll around the pond.

Amara Hale
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HikingBugs
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Gary Pratt
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Hiking

Loved this hike.

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Danika Laszuk
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Siobhan Byron
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Hiking

Nice walk with some very pretty rock formations. Today was not to buggy earlier in the day. Should you choose to hike squaw after Hickey at that junction to be aware it is cliffs edge and if your afraid of heights just watch your footing. The view is worth it. Overall it was a good walk/hike that only took just under two hours.

Alex Henner
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HikingRocky
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gleb jerebtsov
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good hike (more like a walk). good to bring kids with you.

Kelsey K.
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HikingRocky

went up to mt Everett and contined on the AT until we met the sign for race brook trail then headed back. not for the faint of heart. definitely will take some effort to get up. had a beautiful picnic and many great continuous views. In all the hiking in the berkshires this had the largest open panorama. the pine needles can be slippery. definitely a lot of effort, especially the rock stairs, but taking it slow, was worth it.

A NB
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HikingBugsRocky

I am super confused! I planned a 6:30 h trail to bear mountain AND back, but me and my partner (we’re both in great shape, run 10k twice or three times a week (he also bikes) and hike one day in the WE) were only half to bear mtn after 4-5 hours (we stopped one hour for lunch). So weird! So we went back and had to walk a bit in the dark. I think it’s 6h30 just to one point and not back. My bad! Haha

Jeffrey Vigliotti
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Hiking

Surprisingly challenging hike. We did it out and back as a two day backpacking trip.

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H B
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The ledges are very cool.

A NB
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Walking

Great trail! There is a nice view at some point (although not very clear) and the forest is beautiful. There is a spring too. It’s very nice and well indicated. I would say easy to moderate because there is some steepness a couple of times. But yes more of a nice Sunday stroll with a little bit of cardio after a heavy brunch! Remember to check yourselves for ticks!

Nelson Fernandez
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Hiking

This was a great, challenging trail but I highly recommend doing it on a dry day. Steep rocky climb up to the pond requires sure footing and endurance but there are many places to rest. And you can’t beat the views. We hiked up to Guilder Pond and did that loop before catching the AT back to Jugg End. Took about 4.5 hours allowing for a few oohs and ahhs. Lovely hike. Highly recommend.

Amanda Sears
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HikingMuddyRocky
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