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A nice short hike. Never super busy (no parking). I tend to go there and take a book with me to relax at the waterfall. The water is really cold but try wading over to the base of the falls. There are some rocks on the side to sit on. My dog loves splashing around and playing fetch. Very easy trail.
I give this trail 5 stars because it was such a peaceful hike. I saw NO ONE until the AT. I
I hiked the loop and the fall foliage was so amazing that in the sunshine, it felt like I was walking through a painting.
I would not rate this trail as even remotely hard however. It was quite a nice walk over a small mountain.
My grandson & I started this hike at the Notch Road Parking area. The trails are well worn so are somewhat easy to follow. It is a difficult trail as advertised. Starting at an easy uphill slope and getting increasingly steeper.The final assent to Mount Greylock summit very steep. But the Summit views made it all worth it. It offers views of Adams & North Adams, Looking distant, you can see Mountains in New York as well as in Vermont. The tower at the top was surrounded with scaffolding and was being redone. Update on previous comments about burned out floor in Bellows Pipe Leanto: The floor is repaired now but the roof is missing a lot of shingles. We returned to the parking lot by heading North on the Appalachian Trail until it connected to Bernard Farm trail. Although the AT was very rocky and steep, the going was mostly downhill so made the hike easier. We did take in a quick trip to Mount Williams summit. After the view on Greylock, the view on Mt. Williams is hardly worth the side trip. Despite the well worn trails and pretty good signage, we did miss the turnoff to Bellows Pipe on Ragged Mountain. A few more blazes here and there on the trail would be helpful. All in all, it was a tiring but gratifying day of hiking.
Very nice hike. 8 miles up and back. Took Bernard Farm Trail from the Notch Road trailhead. Two miles up to link with the AT South and two more miles to the summit. Reversed course to come back down. Didn't see a single person until reaching the AT.
Not very steep and not a lot of rocks. Scrambling over rocks can be tough on the feet and knees and I'm glad to say this trail had little of that really. I was in a hurry and did it in 3:45 hours.
Interesting note: Coming back down the trail, saw a large fiberglass piece of "trash". But what I've read since doing this hike was that a plane crashed near the trail about 25 years ago killing two people. What I saw was the size of a wing and it was right off the trail among some downed coniferous trees. I thought it was trash because I didn't see anything else nearby.