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Lots of traffic for the first mile or so, but no footprints after that. There was a fair amount of drifting from the snow earlier in the week, with areas of the trail up to my knees-- would be good for snowshoeing!

cross country skiing
23 days ago

Skied up to the top of the notch thanksgiving 2018. Thin cover at bottom but plenty of snow further up. Many stream crossings kept icing our skis which we scraped off on any log we could find.

What a delightful small gem of a trail! I can understand the concerns of neighbors in the vicinity of the trail; there is simply no room to park without impacting them, but the good news is that from the YMCA (or school parking, if you're there on the weekend) it is only 3 tenths of a mile to the trailhead, through the woods and over the stream on a bridge and then a short walk on the streets. The entire trail is a delight; quality not quantity. At the very end, your view of the falls is limited unless you scramble over some rock, but only about 20 yards of them; if it's warm enough to take off your boots or shoes, it's easy to go right up to the base of the falls where there is a divine 4 ft. deep swimming hole. The falls cascade down into a sort of amphitheater, with steep rock on every side. Beautiful!!

It was raining pretty bad, but it was a great easy hike.

Only went up a mile because the trail was so wet, but wasn’t hard. Great views!

2 months ago

This is amazing. Easy to get to even if the park is closed.

2 months ago

Good short afternoon stroll with a bit of mud and rocks near falls. Well worth the effort

Easy, quick hike , I had 10 kids with me from our pathfinder group, they all enjoyed, beautiful scenery

This was a great quick hike- the waterfall is beautiful

We are novice hikers so this was a little harder than anticipated but we are so happy we did it! We’ve driven up Greylock a few times but this was our first time hiking it. Unfortunately it was overcast and foggy so the views at the top were non-existent. Coming down was steep and much harder than going up!

Lots of elevation change, you are essentially summiting three mountains. Great views and lots of picnic tables up top to enjoy lunch.

Gorgeous location, visited many times

more than what I expected

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike that starts right through a quiet neighborhood and then turns into a nice and easy walk through the woods on a rocky trail that follows the clear little creek for just over a mile to a neat waterfall that’s carved its way back through years and years of rock. Cool shiny rocks, highly shaded. Little bit of wet-clay mud, which is to be expected in the environment your in. Stopped by Bright Ideas Brewing afterwards for a pint and then headed to the 6’ House Pub for dinner.

hiking
2 months ago

There is no bridge across Dunbar Brook, you must wade or shimmy across a fallen tree. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

This a great hike! It’s fairly easy, but still interesting. Lovely views of Mt. Greylock and the surrounding area. I highly recommend this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

It would be unfair for me to review this trail because it is a part of me. I guess that's the best way to present it. If you choose to walk the full 250+ miles, the trail will absorb a bit of you, and you will absorb a bit of the trail. Follow the white blazes. Bask in the history of America's oldest distance-hike. It is a gateway drug to the Appalachian Trail (which was conceived on the Long Trail, by the way). Get footwear that can withstand comic amounts of mud. This should be on everyone's bucket list.

Delightful and beautiful trail, easy walk most of the way to the falls. The foot path follows the brook the entire way to the Cascade. Very nice on a hot day as well- feels cool in the gorge-like waterfall area. Make sure you plan ahead or read up on where to park!

Fascinating place, very grounding, somewhat surreal, worth every penny.

If you had to choose one hike out of many in the Berkshires, this is the one, particularly beautiful/scenic/interesting in the fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Quiet trail I thought the trail was relatively easy w a couple of steeper spots , but nothing hard by any means. Stopped at the twisted remains of a plane crash. Then a short push to the AT then we made our way to the summit of Greylock

Trail head is at back corner of solar array. Beaver dam blocks trail head but if you cross in front of dam the trail is there. Heavy atv use spoils lower trai but upper trail is nice.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a beautiful trail along Notch Brook. Not very long but a nice way to enjoy nature and get some exercise. This year the water flow is one of the highest in many years. The City needs to work on more directional signage at the Y. The other new signs have been up less than a year and are a big improvement on nothing before. Marion Ave. goes from a boulevard with a median to a narrow lane at the end which is why there is no parking and no turnaround. The signs on Rt. 2 and at the corner of Pershing and Marion all direct Cascade Trail visitors to park at the Y. Just go there. It has been a local trail for decades but with so many people discovering it on the internet the traffic and parking became a big problem at the end of Marion Ave. Take the extra steps!

3 months ago

Tough mudder!!

hiking
3 months ago

A very good but looong hike! We parked in the parking lot at Notch road-it looks like the first part of the trail is about 0.3 miles before the start of the trail on the app. I think I saw a sign that said 2.5 miles from the parking lot to the AT. This trail is not very busy which is nice- the plane crash site was interesting to see. We took the AT to the summit of Mt Greylock for some amazing views. There was even a place to buy a meal/snacks/fill up water bottles at the summit. The entire trip from the parking lot to the summit and back was more like 12-13 miles total according to my FitBit.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. It’s an easy walk with a gorgeous waterfall at the end. I did this in less than an hour, including a nice sit to watch the waterfall. As stated in other reviews, it’s not the most well-marked trailhead. GPS took me to the wrong side of the neighborhood. Park at the school/YMCA and then you have to walk through a neighborhood to get to the trailhead.

Thank you to the previous hikers who posted about where to park! Parts of the trail were washed out- but the scenery is well worth the walk! Bring bug spray! What a gem

Beautiful park!

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