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Been hiking the Snow Hole trail for many years. And it is a great easy trail for the whole family plus the family dog.

This trail should not be considered as hard. I would say moderate. A friend of mine did about 80% of it with a stroller!

Most of the elevation gain happens at the beginning, and it is steep, but once you get to the top of this stretch it is much more gradual. At the end, the view is pretty nice, with a large opening looking outward to Williamstown/North Adams. You can see many windmills on adjacent hills. Otherwise, it isn't that rewarding.

Great easy hike. slight climb in elevation. Great view from fire tower.

Nice view at the top, saw some dogs!! (Frogs, salamanders, voles, and finches, too!)

Still snow as of 6/29

I was hiking alone and I encountered a small bear about 1 mile in. I turned around, but I wish I got to see it!

There’s still snow in the snow hole. A great hike, perfect afternoon outing.

This should just be called "Snow Hole" and it's not difficult. Maybe we could rate it as Moderate for the average hiker, but if you're a trail runner, you can run the majority of it. Great trail though. Some views, varied terrain and, of course, the amazing Snow Hole.

Lovely and easy

Great little walk. Sturdiest fire tower I have been in. Great view, except for the cell phone tower.

Really awesome trail, everything was clearly marked and the views were stunning. will come back again.

Not actually difficult but a fun trail with lots to explore, diverse forest and the snow hole is pretty sweet!

Nice easy hike, but definitely not an lazy stroll thru the woods. Some muddy patches. Interesting signage about the history of the tower. Awesome views!

Nice 6 mile round trip to snow hole and back. The trail starts across the street from parking lot. Cool quartz rock formations.

Echoing prior reviews, this is NOT a hard/difficult hike. There's a bit of steep trail as soon as you start from the road, otherwise easy to occasionally moderate grade. Excellent when there's foliage and flowers, great when there's not because it opens up the views around you.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Easy trail, Beautiful view!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Easy road walk nice for anyone to do

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

great trail for the family 5.9 miles just perfect for nice day hike. lots of great views and easy to moderate terrain. well maintained and marked trail system. make for a great day!!!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Very nice hike with tons of wildlife. Rewarding view at the tower.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Decent trail and work out. Took me 3.5 hours with half hour on the summit and several stops for photos. Rated a 4 based on birding, tons of warblers. Also saw a great horned owl and a grouse. Not the trail for you if you are looking for a nice summit view.

Beautiful hike and the snow hole is very cool! You can walk all the way down inside and cool off for a bit. This hike is not hard and should definitely be rated easy to moderate. There's a few steep sections but overall it's flat and easy. We saw a lot of families hiking with kids. Took us about 2 hrs total. As other people said, take note that the trail entrance is across the street from the parking lot, marked with a blue & white marker. There's was still a tiny bit of snow in the hole in the beginning of August!

This was a nice hike. The crest peak views could of been better. Saw a bear about 1.5 miles in on middle of trail, that was great!!

Muddy at times, to be expected. Still snow in the snow hole.

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Hike is very easy, a little muddy but pretty flat, so slipping isn't a concern. I followed Long Pond Road (it's a dirt road through Grafton State Park) to the trailhead, google maps got me there with no problem. Trailhead parking is very small, maybe 4 cars maximum. I followed the firetower signs for a while and came upon a house and barn - the path to the firetower is just beyond the house, don't stop! There is a red gate blocking a gravel trail up a hill, this is the firetower trail. The firetower itself was amazing, probably 60 feet up and provides incredible views. Definitely worth the trip, I plan to do this again with more people, as there is a nice clearing and a picnic table at the base of the tower. Be careful if you have a car with low clearance, the road to the trailhead was muddy!

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Monday, July 03, 2017

This hike starts off pretty steep, but overall isn't too hard if you take your time during the steep portions. Most of the hike is a wonderful walk through nature, with some breaks in the trees and a wide variety of flora. The surroundings are beautiful, and I saw several birds along the trail, as well as some deer near the peak. The trail is clearly marked, but the trailhead is off to the right side of the parking lot (there are several paths that look like trailheads, but they appear to be shorter trails/loops that do not follow the Taconic Ridge). Just follow the blue markers and you will be fine!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trailhead entrance is not clearly marked. Entered trail at what we believed was the entrance, there were a lot of interesections in the trail, ended up on a trail that looped back to the trailhead in a little over a mile. Suggest more signage and trail markers.

Still has snow on 6/17.

Was a beautiful 8 mile out and back hike. Beautiful flowers and I loved snow hole. Moderate hike

We knocked this out in the pouring rain. Had a blast Dogs were a damn mess.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I had a bit of trouble finding this trail. After reading another comment about not using Google maps, I used Waze. It brought me to the maintenance access road, rather than the hiking trail. There was only a very small pull off, so I did and walked up the access road to the tower, which only took a few minutes. This route is definitely not a hike.
The view from the tower was great, even on a gloomy day. I look forward to going back, and doing the actual hike.
The trail is easy to find if you follow Long Pond road (paved) past the Grafton winter access gate, to North Long Pond road (dirt)
this route will also bring you to other trails, as well as the ponds for fishing & kayaking.

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