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Great hike, with one minor (?) problem when I followed this trail map this past Saturday. At the 1968 elevation (Money Brook Trail) the map appears to show a sharp turn to the left proceeding upward. At first, I searched for this non-existent V turn. I actually started climbing up the steep incline thinking I'd run into it. In reality, I had to backtrack on the -same- trail section (after viewing the magnificent waterfall) by about 30 or so feet, where a trail marker (not previously noticed) indicated a left turn to proceed. All in all I really loved this hike! I went back on Sunday and did the Mt. Prospect to Greylock hike, also a winner..

Decent, easy hike. Good for pets. While the main trail marked here is well maintained some of the side trails seem less so. The birch brook trail was pretty poorly marked when I hiked back in August. I never tried it in winter. Still, it's not a bad place to go for something simple.

One other thing, there is limited parking. You could probably get away with parking on the road.

This is not an easy loop. I've taken it several times starting out on the Haley Farm Trail to Stony Ledge, a lovely view. It was a steep climb for the first mile with several swicthbacks through a lovely woods. In the 2 mile hike to Stony Ledge there is an elevation gain of about 1500 feet. The hike to the summit of Mount Greylock
from Stony Ledge is another 2 miles in which you gain another 1200 feet in
elevation. Part of this second part of the hike is through a camp ground that is accessible by motor vehicle in season. So non hikers can access Stony Ledge as well.
From the summit, I've returned to the trailhead using the Hopper Trail that took me into the Hopper itself. Beautiful walk.
Be aware that the road leading to the trail head, Hopper Road, is often closed in mud season to all but local traffic. I've only hiked this in sparking weather conditions which adds to the enjoyment of the fabulous sights along the way.

Made it to where the AT splits off before having to turn back because of time. Beautiful ridgeline during the ascent, and great views to the west once the climb is over. A bit of ice in the steeper sections but nothing microspikes couldn't handle. Lot at the AT trailhead holds about ten cars.

Started out from the trailhead on Patterson Road, the AT goes steeply up for the first mile or so, then moderates as you go higher on the ridge. Mt prospect trail deviates to the right passing a couple of beautiful open spots where the views toward the Taconics and Williamstown open up.There is a large Cairn at the summit, then the trail starts to drop down. You do get views of the Greylock summit in the distance. We went on a cold day and it was brisk along the ridge as the air speeds up as it goes over the mountain, but the views were beautiful and very different from most hikes on Greylock that offer views toward the Adams side mostly. We were out about 3 hours which makes a nice half-day hike.

The views from Mt. Williams, Mt. Greylock, and Stony Ledge were amazing! The hike took us longer to complete than I expected which led us hiking the last bit after Stony Ledge in the dark. I would normally be miffed at this, but thankfully there is very little light pollution in the area letting us have an amazing view of the stars once we left the woods all the way to the parking lot.

Bring plenty of water, and the lodge at the top of Greylock has a tap for hikers if you're needing to refill. We didn't really come across other hikers until Mt. Fitch and Greylock. Can't wait to do it again!

Overall this is a good hike. The trails are easy to follow starting from Money Brook and working your way to the AT then to Greylock. Not much traffic but I also started early. The view from the top is incredible, but saturated with tourists which I do not care for. Also, the restaurant in the lodge at the top of Mt. Greylock is overpriced and the food was terrible, also don't serve beer until 4 pm on Sundays(?). Anyway, hiked hopper back to the parking lot which was easy to follow and all downhill. Definitely bring plenty of water and snacks as this will be a long hike. Trails could be better maintained but overall pretty good!

Large parking area at the end of Hopper Rd. Go past the gate and continue onto the Money Brook Trail. You can take the trail all the way until it hooks up with the Appalachian Trail and then take the AT over Greylock, but we cut it just a bit short and took the Old Summit Trail towards the end of the Money Brook Trail to where it connects with the AT to shave off the climb of an additional mountain. Connect back up with the Hopper Trail on the way down Greylock to complete the loop. About 10 miles if you take the Old Summit shortcut. Very physical trail and very challenging for most of it, but a great hike with a gorgeous view at the top (if you can dodge everyone that simply drove up :) )

hiking
9 months ago

nice view from summit, trail was enjoyable, not difficult

I parked at the Money Brook trailhead on Notch Rd., about three road miles down the mountain from the summit turnoff to Mt. Greylock. I passed on the falls and continued on Money Brook to Hopper then Sperry Rd. and back on Hopper to Mt. Greylock. It's probably about 5 - 6 miles. From the top of Greylock I looped back to where I was parked using the AT north, about 3 - 3.5 miles. I started at 8 am and got back to where I was parked at 2:45 pm, stops for lunch and two rest breaks totaled about 45 - 60 minutes. This is a challenging hike, due mostly to Money Brook. My time was about 45 - 50 minutes per mile, much higher than the day before when I hiked the Jones Nose, CCC Dynamite loop plus extra, at about 35 - 40 minutes per mile. The Money Brook trail is a long incline, gradual and sometimes pretty steep. In places I'd go 50 - 70 paces and stop, stand to rest ten seconds and then continue. Real pretty though. Nice flowers in bloom, and beautiful weather. Coming back from Mt. Greylock the AT north is downhill to level and rocky. Two thoughts: I like to bring and use my compass with the trail map. Also, tree roots, rocks and whatnot are part of the deal, be careful, start in the am, and take your time chuggling along. Have fun!

Really nice hike! Phelps is a fairly steep trail but not very Rocky, still hikeable rather than climbable. Mills Hollow going down is a lot more gradual. The Taconic Crest trail at the summit is really beautiful and scenic, like a sunny orchard. The entire loop took us about 2 hours and 9 minutes, that's including water breaks, and stopping for a photo or several! Greats of Mt Greylock from the farm opposite the parking area. And some very friendly and vocal cows!!

hiking
11 months ago

My kiddos and I hiked all the trails of this little gem today (there are more than shown here -- about 4 miles in total). We saw only one other group of travelers and otherwise had the trails all to ourselves. The trails are marked beautifully, and the field trails are well maintained. Unfortunately, many of the wooded trails have been crowded in by brush (including lots of wild raspberries -- especially on the South Trail -- ouch), We did run into lots of muddy areas (a few marshy areas as well), but I'm assuming the mud dries out as the Summer season draws on.

Pleasant and easy 4.2 miles

11 months ago

I don't know who rated this trail as easy, but it most definitely is not. I made the mistake of wearing sandals to hike and bringing my five year old lol. It's a moderate grade if you start going counter clockwise, I couldn't imagine trying to hike up the actual ski trail. Coming down it was difficult enough. Another bad choice was doing this hike on an 85 degree day. Altogether it was decent hike, 75% is shaded by the woods, provides a good workout, and there is a view at the top of Berlin Mountain. Just make sure to wear suitable shoes, try hiking on a not so hot day, and be prepared to take your time down the ski slope (possibly landing on your bottom a couple times .)

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun winter hike! nice steady incline and had the chance to hike portions of the Appalachian Trail. Keep an eye out for snowmobiles while hiking. View at the top is alright but not great.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 12, 2017

This place is a nice, easy hike/trip. There are a few different trails that can be picked. More info can be found by looking up Feild Farm on thetrustees.org as this is one of their properties. They have trail maps available there. When you turn down Sloan Rd you will drive for a bit and the property is on the right. You will turn down the driveway and then follow the sign for the trail parking. It is a small parking lot (maybe 5 cars). The little pond is nice. I picked this place because it was the first time I had ever gone snowshoeing so I wanted someplace with mostly flat land but some small hills. This place was a perfect place for me.

The trail marked on here is COMPLETELY different than in real life. NEVER TRUST THIS APP!

Absolutely TERRIBLE. I would have been better off without this stupid app. Never been so lost in the woods before. NEVER TRUST THIS APP!

Love this hike. Challenging but fun and the views at the summit are worth every drop of sweat

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Williams Trail is between 3 and 4 miles long. My GPS measured it as about 3.5 miles. If you travel counter-clockwise around the loop, the trail is close to 3 miles up Berlin Mountain and about 0.5 miles downhill. The downhill was formerly a ski slope and is quite steep near the bottom. There were lots of wild flowers on the steep portion of the trail.

There are several other trails that share paths with this loop and there are not always trail markers indicating which way to go. If you are going counter-clockwise then whenever the trail has a fork then keep taking the path on the left and if you are going clockwise then keep taking the trail on the right.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The trails are well maintained, there are quite a few informational placards scattered about (both historical and ecological in nature), and the skill-level was exactly what I wanted for a "quick hike" with my kids (ages 10 and 15). My only (teeny tiny) complaint is that the trails aren't marked at the junction; thankfully it is easy enough to select the correct trail based on the map.

Incredible hike! The views are spectacular! If you are going to summit, taking the Money Brook trail up was the way to go. On the way back down, the hopper trail is less steep and seems like the better route down. For first timers to the Berkshires, my wife and I couldn't get over the views from the summit of Mount Greylock. Sitting at the top (facing east) over looking the town of Adams was a phenomenal lunch stop. Guess what??? They have Popsicles at the top!!!!! What better way to enjoy a summer day atop a mountain. Enjoy and hike safe!

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

great walk! 5 women ages 50+ and a wonderful yellow lab thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful hike.

Relatively steep climb but very gorgeous views along the Roaring Brook and definitely worth it to see the March Cataract Falls at the end of the ascent.

I was in the area for work, so I took advantage of the Saturday off and made it an all-day hike. I ended up doing some extra side trails, my Fitbit showed 21 miles and 5500 feet of elevation gain. There were some vehicles already in the parking lot when I arrived, but I didn't actually see anyone for the first six miles or so. Quite a few people at the top of Mt. Greylock, I even saw about five paragliders taking flight from the summit. There were some nice overlooks throughout and I only had trouble finding the trail a few times. Overall well worth the drive and effort.

walking
Monday, January 04, 2016

This is a gorgeous walk with a steady, but not taxing upward walk until reaching the hight of land, then a gradual descent upon the return. A real tresure.

We parked at hopper road and took the money brook trail first. It was a beautiful hike and very well marked. It is a long and at times arduous hike. We made it to the top of Greylock and followed the Hopper Trail down. When you get to the campsite area it tells you the Hopper trail turns left but there are no other signs until you follow the dirt road about 1.5 miles to the end. When you see the new trails it will tell you Hopper Road is 2 miles left. Then you come to a fork in path and it says Stony Ledge or Haley Farm. It does not say Hopper Road. We started down Stony Ledge when we came across 2 wonderful hikers who told us we needed to take Haley Farm. We made it back a lot longer than we thought. We found Hopper trail to not be as well marked and the signs and blazes to be further apart.it would have been nice if Sperry Road had blazes to let you know you were still following the trail and for the fork to be better labeled.

trail running
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Beautiful trails

hiking
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Beautiful trail...started out on a 1830's carriage trail from the Trail Head. Took my wife and I about 5 hours to do.

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