Explore the most popular river trails near Williamstown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Much more intense than I expected but it was great. Only downfall in my opinion was the view from the top wasn’t the best, being that it was obstructed by trees.

We used Roaring Brook as an approach to Mount Greylock, which offered a nice challenge and more remote feel than Cheshire Harbor Trail. The trail follows a brook through serene hemlock woods, before climbing steeply through the woods to a dirt road, after crossing the road, we linked up with Hopper Trail and the AT for the summit of Greylock. Definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to climb this peak.

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2 months ago

Short but enjoyable. It was relatively steep for most of the hike, but it was dry so the footing was fine. The view at the top was pretty great too.

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3 months ago

Some steep spots! Amazing view!

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4 months ago

This trail was relatively easy, only difficult because of the slush and mud which made it slippery but you'll have that with Spring arriving. The view at the top is well worth it, overlooking the valley with a few white pines surrounding you. Take time at the summit, it's beautiful.

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5 months ago

Moderate ascent, decent vistas from the summit, although you can’t see particularly far.

Steep enough that you'd have to be a serious athlete to run the whole way up without slowing; a real challenge when going for time! Stairs, rocky, great views of Williamstown and North Adams. Certainly a local favorite!

Suggest up Stoney Ledge trail, enjoy the view then down Roaring Brook for a nice loop.

Great trail, the views are worth the challenge!

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!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dan's post from 3 weeks ago is spot on. The only addition is to make sure you explore both sides of the summit as there are good views in both directions. Only passed 2 groups. 1 hr up-- 2:20 total round trip.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This was a nice rigorous hike. We went in late May so the flies were annoying, but really only at the top. There were a couple muddy spots at the beginning but none after that. It's a steady climb all the way up and the steepest part is right before you reach the peak. The trail was very well marked and maintained, and the views at the top were a great reward.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Great Prelude to the Long Trail.Awesome views at the top!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Good views of Williamstown and North Adams from the top. Limited parking near the trail head.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice views. Pretty easy hike. 2.5 hours if you do the loop.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Took roaring brook trail from the parking then veered onto Stony Ledge trail to the Vista. Stony Ledge trail is pretty steep in spots. Was about a foot of heavy wet snow so snowshoes were a must. Took Sperry road back to the Roaring brook trail which brought me back to the parking lot. Great hike on a beautiful day. Looking forward to doing it again in the summer and fall.

on Pine Cobble Trail

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

steep at parts, but good hike.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Great day hike with spectacular views at the top. Convenient parking.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Steep grade on a very well maintained and traveled path. A lot of people. Rocky in spots. Easy parking. Definitely coming back for foliage. Make sure to look both sides.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This is my go to hike. I try to enjoy it weekly. I hike fast to get a good workout I can be up and down in an hour. But generally and an easy pace it takes about 1:45-2 hours. View at the top is worth it. Sunrise can be amazing up there!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great views at the top.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

I love this hike. Nice 2-3 hours with lovely views and just demanding enough to feel good. Do it every time I visit Williamstown.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Accurate rating of moderate difficulty, it was a steady incline the whole way up. I'd call it high-moderate for the steady incline. Trails were extremely well kept and marked all the way up. That is until the peak, there's a sign to stay on trail but then the path at the top to the summit isn't marked anymore. There are a few spots to check out the beautiful views. Great day hike, worth coming back in the fall for the foliage.
Parking was a bit tough, small area but fortunately people were leaving and a couple of spots opened up. Just something to keep in mind.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

First time up the pine cobble. hiked up and ran down. Took about an hour. Beautiful trail with awesome views at the summit.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

great quick hike with moderate climb. mostly uphill for the entirety. views of Williams view and the range behind it were spectacular. other side of the peak give limited views of North Adams and surrounds. We did it in spring with light foliage. rRecommended. 3 hrs overall.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Stony Ledge Trail is accessed from the Roaring Brook Trail off Roaring Brook Road in Williamstown. This trail is decent little workout with 1,460 foot elevation gain in under 2 miles - no scrambling, just (steep) slope. The real treat at the top is the panoramic view at Stony Ledge - looking 1,000 feet down into the Hopper valley, across to Mount Greylock summit, and north into Vermont - a view of the mountain from the mountain. It was originally cut as a ski/foot trail in the 1930s by the CCC, but long since then it would be a challenge to try and ski it today.

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.

Some buddies and I accidently hiked this trail. We were intending to take an easy trail called the WRLF Loop and took a left towards Berlin Mt. when we should have taken a right towards the old Williams College Ski slope. This trail is rated double diamond for a reason. There were parts that were quite steep and the return trip down the old ski slope was challenging because of the pitch of the slope. The trail info says that it is a 1.2 hour hike but I can't imagine that happening. It took us at least three but then again two of us were over 50.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Nice quiet area in the woods

Monday, May 12, 2014

Absolutely lovely. A great place to be one & reconnect with nature

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