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Nice short hike...the cascade was beautiful.

Great hike, especially for kids. Easy for the first mile, then a moderate uphill to get to the overlook. Crossed a few streams with some small waterfalls. Nice view of North Adams and Adams at the top.

hiking
18 days ago

We headed out from the Notch parking lot which has ample parking. We were the only car! The trailhead starts right from the top of the lot.

A very underused trail on the first mile with wet muddy portions (we've had extended rain lately) and a lot of downed trees. Normally that would not be a problem but we were pack carrying a toddler and an infant so height restrictions were in play.

At the 1.5 mark a crashed airplane wing is on the left side of the trail during the ascent. Continue another .3 up to see the full wreckage of the aircraft fatality. Pay some respect as you see it only 30 feet off the trail on the left side as you ascend.

Another .3 up the trail with very steep portions you intersect the AT in a beautiful wooded junction.

We headed back the same route instead of summiting Greylock due to two cranky kids.

Portions muddy and some steep climbs, but a very practical and pretty trail with some sobering history along the edges.

I would do this trail again when the kids are older.

on a historical note:. the aircraft is N540W and crashed in 1967. It is a Piper, not a Cessna as incorrectly stated in a recent article. There were two fatalities.

walking
18 days ago

Easy going, fairly steep slopes next to trail. Be cautious of loose stones, fairly tight when dry.

hiking
28 days ago

Parking is very limited at the end of Marion Ave with only several available spots. It is also located next to a private driveway so I highly recommend parking further down the street near the medium and walking to the entrance. Most of the hike to the waterfall is relatively easy, short and mostly flat. However, it gets more challenging at the very end with mud (after it rains), slippery rocks and a few steep hills. I would highly recommend wearing hiking boots (and bringing your camera) for this portion of the trail. The waterfall was beautiful, very photogenic and flowing nicely after all the recent rainfall. I liked that it wasn’t busy and is more of a hidden gem than other waterfalls in the area.

I loved the interesting rock formations. It's definitely worth a look and won't take long because it's small.

hiking
30 days ago

Easy hike. A little muddy and slippery today, but totally worth it!

This hike isn't very steep. It was so peaceful. Some of the scenic spots looked out over North Adams. There is one vista about 0.7 miles from the end of the trail. It is amazing. There was no road noise. No sign of humans anywhere. I couldn't see towns, towers, ski trails, or anything like that. It was beautiful and well worth being frozen from a freak May snow flurry. (yeah snow and ice in May because winter is never going to go away)

This is a nice little afternoon hike or something for small kids. It isn't hard. There are great views of the river and the greater Berkshires. If the sign still says closed for the season, just park by the gate and walk up the road. The state is really bad at opening it on time.

1 month ago

This is a lovely trail with plenty to see and just challenging enough to feel it's more than a stroll. But not overly challenging. There is one place where the trail looks like you have to either jump rocks in the river or go high up on a river bank to continue on. Unfortunately it had been raining quite a lot, and I tripped on a branch and fell, so I didn't feel confident enough to do either. So we turned back and missed the waterfall. Hoping to come back again and give it another try.